Top Cited Articles of All Time (2012 edition) in astro-ph

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2012 edition) in the astro-ph archive

Keep in mind that citation counts can never be exact, there is something like a 5% error in most of these numbers. Please do not fret about number 32 versus 33, as this is often not a statistically significant difference. More information about citations in INSPIRE can be found here.

Also note that the counts shown, and used in the rankings, are the counts as of 2016-12-31. Further, the counts shown by the ranking are only the cites satisfying the criteria for that list. Actual citation numbers in the database may change as corrections are made and papers are added, the links will take you to the updated numbers.

Annual and All-time 2012 editions

2012 reports for eprints

  1. 7042 citations up to the end of 2012
  2. 7010 citations up to the end of 2012
  3. 6741 citations up to the end of 2012
  4. 6421 citations up to the end of 2012
  5. 5358 citations up to the end of 2012
  6. 3644 citations up to the end of 2012
  7. 3618 citations up to the end of 2012
  8. 3535 citations up to the end of 2012
  9. 3379 citations up to the end of 2012
  10. 3255 citations up to the end of 2012
  11. 2862 citations up to the end of 2012
  12. 2645 citations up to the end of 2012
  13. 2421 citations up to the end of 2012
  14. 2143 citations up to the end of 2012
  15. 2032 citations up to the end of 2012
  16. 2008 citations up to the end of 2012
  17. 1986 citations up to the end of 2012
    Star formation in galaxies along the Hubble sequence
    Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. (Arizona U., Astron. Dept. - Steward Observ.). Jul 1998. 41 pp.
    Published in Ann.Rev.Astron.Astrophys. 36 (1998) 189-231
    STEWARD-1454, STEWARD-OBSERVATORY-PREPRINT-1454
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev.astro.36.1.189
    e-Print: astro-ph/9807187 | PDF

  18. 1966 citations up to the end of 2012
  19. 1757 citations up to the end of 2012
  20. 1672 citations up to the end of 2012
  21. 1576 citations up to the end of 2012
  22. 1547 citations up to the end of 2012
    The Global Schmidt law in star forming galaxies
    Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. (Arizona U., Astron. Dept. - Steward Observ.). Dec 1997. 23 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 498 (1998) 541
    STEWARD-1419, STEWARD-OBSERVATORY-PREPRINT-1419
    DOI: 10.1086/305588
    e-Print: astro-ph/9712213 | PDF

  23. 1532 citations up to the end of 2012
  24. 1523 citations up to the end of 2012
  25. 1518 citations up to the end of 2012
  26. 1499 citations up to the end of 2012
  27. 1483 citations up to the end of 2012
  28. 1417 citations up to the end of 2012
  29. 1412 citations up to the end of 2012
  30. 1390 citations up to the end of 2012
  31. 1379 citations up to the end of 2012
  32. 1378 citations up to the end of 2012
  33. 1357 citations up to the end of 2012
  34. 1332 citations up to the end of 2012
  35. 1307 citations up to the end of 2012
  36. 1263 citations up to the end of 2012
  37. 1247 citations up to the end of 2012
  38. 1245 citations up to the end of 2012
  39. 1244 citations up to the end of 2012
  40. 1237 citations up to the end of 2012
  41. 1230 citations up to the end of 2012
  42. 1212 citations up to the end of 2012
  43. 1207 citations up to the end of 2012
  44. 1204 citations up to the end of 2012
  45. 1197 citations up to the end of 2012
  46. 1164 citations up to the end of 2012
  47. 1134 citations up to the end of 2012
  48. 1131 citations up to the end of 2012
  49. 1125 citations up to the end of 2012
  50. 1122 citations up to the end of 2012
  51. 1106 citations up to the end of 2012
  52. 1100 citations up to the end of 2012
  53. 1077 citations up to the end of 2012
  54. 1071 citations up to the end of 2012
  55. 1061 citations up to the end of 2012
    The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission
    Swift Science Collaboration (N. Gehrels et al.). May 2004. 38 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 611 (2004) 1005-1020, Erratum: Astrophys.J. 621 (2005) 558
    DOI: 10.1086/422091, 10.1086/427409
    e-Print: astro-ph/0405233 | PDF

  56. 1058 citations up to the end of 2012
  57. 1035 citations up to the end of 2012
    Dwarf galaxies of the Local Group
    Mario Mateo (Michigan U.). Oct 1998. 66 pp.
    Published in Ann.Rev.Astron.Astrophys. 36 (1998) 435-506
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev.astro.36.1.435
    e-Print: astro-ph/9810070 | PDF

  58. 1032 citations up to the end of 2012
  59. 1017 citations up to the end of 2012
  60. 1013 citations up to the end of 2012
  61. 1010 citations up to the end of 2012
  62. 1003 citations up to the end of 2012
  63. 965 citations up to the end of 2012
  64. 965 citations up to the end of 2012
  65. 951 citations up to the end of 2012
  66. 949 citations up to the end of 2012
  67. 939 citations up to the end of 2012
  68. 928 citations up to the end of 2012
  69. 928 citations up to the end of 2012
  70. 919 citations up to the end of 2012
  71. 918 citations up to the end of 2012
    The u'g'r'i'z' Standard star system
    SDSS Collaboration (J.Allyn Smith et al.). Feb 2002. 50 pp.
    Published in Astron.J. 123 (2002) 2121-2144
    FERMILAB-PUB-02-022-A
    DOI: 10.1086/339311
    e-Print: astro-ph/0201143 | PDF

  72. 914 citations up to the end of 2012
  73. 912 citations up to the end of 2012
  74. 907 citations up to the end of 2012
    The host galaxies of AGN
    SDSS Collaboration (Guinevere Kauffmann et al.). Apr 2003. 44 pp.
    Published in Mon.Not.Roy.Astron.Soc. 346 (2003) 1055
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2003.07154.x
    e-Print: astro-ph/0304239 | PDF

  75. 900 citations up to the end of 2012
  76. 897 citations up to the end of 2012
    The Sloan digital sky survey photometric camera
    SDSS Collaboration (J.E. Gunn (Princeton U. Observ.) et al.). Sep 1998. 108 pp.
    Published in Astron.J. 116 (1998) 3040
    FERMILAB-PUB-98-419-CD, ICR-435-98-31, ICRR-REPORT-435-98-31, POPE-774
    DOI: 10.1086/300645
    e-Print: astro-ph/9809085 | PDF

  77. 894 citations up to the end of 2012
  78. 888 citations up to the end of 2012
  79. 876 citations up to the end of 2012
  80. 875 citations up to the end of 2012
  81. 875 citations up to the end of 2012
  82. 865 citations up to the end of 2012
    Hybrid inflation
    Andrei D. Linde (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Jul 1993. 11 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev. D49 (1994) 748-754
    SU-ITP-93-17
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.49.748
    e-Print: astro-ph/9307002 | PDF

  83. 859 citations up to the end of 2012
  84. 840 citations up to the end of 2012
  85. 829 citations up to the end of 2012
  86. 823 citations up to the end of 2012
  87. 821 citations up to the end of 2012
  88. 820 citations up to the end of 2012
  89. 817 citations up to the end of 2012
  90. 817 citations up to the end of 2012
  91. 816 citations up to the end of 2012
  92. 816 citations up to the end of 2012
  93. 813 citations up to the end of 2012
  94. 813 citations up to the end of 2012
  95. 807 citations up to the end of 2012
  96. 806 citations up to the end of 2012
  97. 796 citations up to the end of 2012
  98. 791 citations up to the end of 2012
  99. 788 citations up to the end of 2012
  100. 786 citations up to the end of 2012