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 2018-12-30. 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. 7145 citations up to the end of 2012
  2. 7094 citations up to the end of 2012
  3. 6850 citations up to the end of 2012
  4. 6433 citations up to the end of 2012
  5. 5419 citations up to the end of 2012
  6. 3685 citations up to the end of 2012
  7. 3665 citations up to the end of 2012
  8. 3568 citations up to the end of 2012
  9. 3433 citations up to the end of 2012
  10. 3262 citations up to the end of 2012
  11. 2869 citations up to the end of 2012
  12. 2678 citations up to the end of 2012
  13. 2450 citations up to the end of 2012
  14. 2157 citations up to the end of 2012
  15. 2067 citations up to the end of 2012
  16. 2034 citations up to the end of 2012
  17. 1990 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. 1987 citations up to the end of 2012
  19. 1785 citations up to the end of 2012
  20. 1678 citations up to the end of 2012
  21. 1600 citations up to the end of 2012
  22. 1557 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. 1544 citations up to the end of 2012
  24. 1540 citations up to the end of 2012
  25. 1538 citations up to the end of 2012
  26. 1532 citations up to the end of 2012
  27. 1488 citations up to the end of 2012
  28. 1431 citations up to the end of 2012
  29. 1414 citations up to the end of 2012
  30. 1406 citations up to the end of 2012
  31. 1402 citations up to the end of 2012
  32. 1392 citations up to the end of 2012
  33. 1364 citations up to the end of 2012
  34. 1338 citations up to the end of 2012
  35. 1319 citations up to the end of 2012
  36. 1270 citations up to the end of 2012
  37. 1267 citations up to the end of 2012
  38. 1265 citations up to the end of 2012
  39. 1260 citations up to the end of 2012
  40. 1247 citations up to the end of 2012
  41. 1234 citations up to the end of 2012
  42. 1231 citations up to the end of 2012
  43. 1208 citations up to the end of 2012
  44. 1206 citations up to the end of 2012
  45. 1200 citations up to the end of 2012
  46. 1170 citations up to the end of 2012
  47. 1147 citations up to the end of 2012
  48. 1145 citations up to the end of 2012
  49. 1138 citations up to the end of 2012
  50. 1135 citations up to the end of 2012
  51. 1126 citations up to the end of 2012
  52. 1110 citations up to the end of 2012
  53. 1094 citations up to the end of 2012
  54. 1074 citations up to the end of 2012
  55. 1066 citations up to the end of 2012
    The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission
    Swift Science Collaboration (N. Gehrels (NASA, Goddard) et al.). May 2004. 38 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 611 (2004) 1005-1020, Erratum: Astrophys.J. 621 (2005) 558
    DOI: 10.1086/427409, 10.1086/422091
    e-Print: astro-ph/0405233 | PDF

  56. 1063 citations up to the end of 2012
  57. 1057 citations up to the end of 2012
  58. 1042 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

  59. 1031 citations up to the end of 2012
  60. 1019 citations up to the end of 2012
  61. 1013 citations up to the end of 2012
  62. 1010 citations up to the end of 2012
  63. 986 citations up to the end of 2012
  64. 974 citations up to the end of 2012
  65. 967 citations up to the end of 2012
  66. 959 citations up to the end of 2012
  67. 955 citations up to the end of 2012
  68. 953 citations up to the end of 2012
  69. 936 citations up to the end of 2012
  70. 931 citations up to the end of 2012
  71. 922 citations up to the end of 2012
  72. 921 citations up to the end of 2012
  73. 920 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

  74. 914 citations up to the end of 2012
  75. 908 citations up to the end of 2012
  76. 908 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

  77. 906 citations up to the end of 2012
  78. 898 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

  79. 888 citations up to the end of 2012
  80. 882 citations up to the end of 2012
  81. 881 citations up to the end of 2012
  82. 880 citations up to the end of 2012
  83. 874 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

  84. 845 citations up to the end of 2012
  85. 842 citations up to the end of 2012
  86. 838 citations up to the end of 2012
  87. 832 citations up to the end of 2012
  88. 829 citations up to the end of 2012
  89. 824 citations up to the end of 2012
  90. 823 citations up to the end of 2012
  91. 821 citations up to the end of 2012
  92. 820 citations up to the end of 2012
  93. 819 citations up to the end of 2012
  94. 818 citations up to the end of 2012
  95. 814 citations up to the end of 2012
  96. 814 citations up to the end of 2012
  97. 810 citations up to the end of 2012
  98. 806 citations up to the end of 2012
  99. 802 citations up to the end of 2012
  100. 794 citations up to the end of 2012