Top Cited Articles of All Time (2012 edition) in hep-th

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2012 edition) in the hep-th 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. 9406 citations up to the end of 2012
    The Large N limit of superconformal field theories and supergravity
    Juan Martin Maldacena (Harvard U.). Nov 1997. 21 pp.
    Published in Int.J.Theor.Phys. 38 (1999) 1113-1133, Adv.Theor.Math.Phys. 2 (1998) 231-252
    HUTP-97-A097, HUTP-98-A097
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1026654312961, 10.4310/ATMP.1998.v2.n2.a1
    e-Print: hep-th/9711200 | PDF

  2. 6283 citations up to the end of 2012
  3. 5492 citations up to the end of 2012
  4. 5015 citations up to the end of 2012
    An Alternative to compactification
    Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.). Jun 1999. 10 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 83 (1999) 4690-4693
    MIT-CTP-2874, PUPT-1867, BUHEP-99-13
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.4690
    e-Print: hep-th/9906064 | PDF

  5. 3246 citations up to the end of 2012
  6. 3172 citations up to the end of 2012
  7. 2500 citations up to the end of 2012
  8. 2324 citations up to the end of 2012
  9. 2194 citations up to the end of 2012
  10. 2090 citations up to the end of 2012
  11. 1958 citations up to the end of 2012
  12. 1935 citations up to the end of 2012
  13. 1924 citations up to the end of 2012
  14. 1908 citations up to the end of 2012
  15. 1832 citations up to the end of 2012
  16. 1823 citations up to the end of 2012
  17. 1773 citations up to the end of 2012
    Complex Spinors and Unified Theories
    Murray Gell-Mann (CERN), Pierre Ramond (Caltech), Richard Slansky (Los Alamos). 1979. 7 pp.
    Published in Conf.Proc. C790927 (1979) 315-321
    PRINT-80-0576
    Prepared for Conference: C79-09-27 (Stony Brook Wkshp.1979:0315)
    e-Print: arXiv:1306.4669 [hep-th] | PDF

  18. 1767 citations up to the end of 2012
  19. 1667 citations up to the end of 2012
  20. 1569 citations up to the end of 2012
  21. 1543 citations up to the end of 2012
  22. 1535 citations up to the end of 2012
  23. 1487 citations up to the end of 2012
  24. 1476 citations up to the end of 2012
    Cosmology and the Fate of Dilatation Symmetry
    C. Wetterich (DESY). Sep 29, 1987. 29 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B302 (1988) 668-696
    PRINT-87-0756, DESY-87-123
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(88)90193-9
    e-Print: arXiv:1711.03844 [hep-th] | PDF

  25. 1453 citations up to the end of 2012
  26. 1348 citations up to the end of 2012
  27. 1337 citations up to the end of 2012
  28. 1333 citations up to the end of 2012
  29. 1274 citations up to the end of 2012
  30. 1263 citations up to the end of 2012
  31. 1252 citations up to the end of 2012
  32. 1145 citations up to the end of 2012
  33. 1142 citations up to the end of 2012
  34. 1140 citations up to the end of 2012
  35. 1134 citations up to the end of 2012
  36. 1093 citations up to the end of 2012
  37. 984 citations up to the end of 2012
  38. 978 citations up to the end of 2012
  39. 977 citations up to the end of 2012
  40. 976 citations up to the end of 2012
    Quantum field theory on noncommutative spaces
    Richard J. Szabo (Heriot-Watt U.). Sep 2001. 103 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rept. 378 (2003) 207-299
    HWM-01-35, EMPG-01-14
    DOI: 10.1016/S0370-1573(03)00059-0
    Invited talk at Conference: C01-07-16
    e-Print: hep-th/0109162 | PDF

  41. 961 citations up to the end of 2012
  42. 958 citations up to the end of 2012
  43. 928 citations up to the end of 2012
    Evidence for F theory
    Cumrun Vafa (Harvard U.). Feb 1996. 18 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B469 (1996) 403-418
    HUTP-96-A004
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(96)00172-1
    e-Print: hep-th/9602022 | PDF

  44. 926 citations up to the end of 2012
  45. 924 citations up to the end of 2012
  46. 910 citations up to the end of 2012
  47. 906 citations up to the end of 2012
  48. 862 citations up to the end of 2012
  49. 857 citations up to the end of 2012
  50. 849 citations up to the end of 2012
    Phases of N=2 theories in two-dimensions
    Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study). Jan 1993. 93 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B403 (1993) 159-222, AMS/IP Stud.Adv.Math. 1 (1996) 143-211
    IASSNS-HEP-93-3
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(93)90033-L
    e-Print: hep-th/9301042 | PDF

  51. 847 citations up to the end of 2012
  52. 832 citations up to the end of 2012
  53. 831 citations up to the end of 2012
  54. 830 citations up to the end of 2012
  55. 810 citations up to the end of 2012
  56. 810 citations up to the end of 2012
  57. 807 citations up to the end of 2012
  58. 805 citations up to the end of 2012
  59. 786 citations up to the end of 2012
  60. 779 citations up to the end of 2012
  61. 772 citations up to the end of 2012
  62. 771 citations up to the end of 2012
    The Anthropic landscape of string theory
    Leonard Susskind (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Feb 2003. 21 pp.
    Published in In *Carr, Bernard (ed.): Universe or multiverse?* 247-266
    e-Print: hep-th/0302219 | PDF

  63. 768 citations up to the end of 2012
  64. 767 citations up to the end of 2012
  65. 765 citations up to the end of 2012
  66. 765 citations up to the end of 2012
  67. 740 citations up to the end of 2012
  68. 737 citations up to the end of 2012
  69. 728 citations up to the end of 2012
  70. 720 citations up to the end of 2012
    Hawking radiation as tunneling
    Maulik K. Parikh (Princeton U. & Utrecht U.), Frank Wilczek (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study). Jul 1999. 8 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 85 (2000) 5042-5045
    PUPT-1775, SPIN-1998-12, IASSNS-HEP-98-22, SPIN-1998-12-AND-IASSNS-HEP-98-22
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.85.5042
    e-Print: hep-th/9907001 | PDF

  71. 713 citations up to the end of 2012
  72. 713 citations up to the end of 2012
  73. 708 citations up to the end of 2012
  74. 708 citations up to the end of 2012
  75. 704 citations up to the end of 2012
  76. 698 citations up to the end of 2012
  77. 693 citations up to the end of 2012
  78. 684 citations up to the end of 2012
    CFT's from Calabi-Yau four folds
    Sergei Gukov (Princeton U.), Cumrun Vafa (Harvard U.), Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study). Jun 1999. 49 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B584 (2000) 69-108, Erratum: Nucl.Phys. B608 (2001) 477-478
    HUTP-99-A034, IASSNS-HEP-99-52, PUPT-1864
    DOI: 10.1016/S0550-3213(01)00289-9, 10.1016/S0550-3213(00)00373-4
    e-Print: hep-th/9906070 | PDF

  79. 678 citations up to the end of 2012
  80. 672 citations up to the end of 2012
  81. 669 citations up to the end of 2012
    Branes within branes
    Michael R. Douglas (Rutgers U., Piscataway). Dec 1995. 10 pp.
    Published in NATO Sci.Ser.C 520 (1999) 267-275
    RU-95-92
    Prepared for Conference: C97-05-26.4 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9512077 | PDF

  82. 663 citations up to the end of 2012
  83. 660 citations up to the end of 2012
  84. 657 citations up to the end of 2012
  85. 655 citations up to the end of 2012
    An Early Proposal of 'Brane World'
    K. Akama (Saitama Medical Coll.). 1982. 5 pp.
    Published in Lect.Notes Phys. 176 (1982) 267-271
    SMC-PHYS-66, SMC-PHYS-160
    Published in the proceedings of Conference: C82-08-20, p., 267-271 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/0001113 | PDF

  86. 655 citations up to the end of 2012
  87. 651 citations up to the end of 2012
  88. 649 citations up to the end of 2012
  89. 646 citations up to the end of 2012
  90. 640 citations up to the end of 2012
  91. 635 citations up to the end of 2012
  92. 630 citations up to the end of 2012
    Lectures on supersymmetric gauge theories and electric-magnetic duality
    Kenneth A. Intriligator, N. Seiberg (Rutgers U., Piscataway & Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study). Mar 1995. 44 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys.Proc.Suppl. 45BC (1996) 1-28, Subnucl.Ser. 34 (1997) 237-299
    RU-95-48, IASSNS-HEP-95-70
    DOI: 10.1016/0920-5632(95)00626-5
    Conference: C96-07-03, Conference: C95-03-27, Conference: C95-06-04.1, p.223-266, Conference: C95-06-12.1, p.25-65, Conference: C95-07-11.2, p.161-199, Conference: C96-03-18.1, p.157-183 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9509066 | PDF

  93. 628 citations up to the end of 2012
  94. 618 citations up to the end of 2012
  95. 616 citations up to the end of 2012
  96. 614 citations up to the end of 2012
  97. 613 citations up to the end of 2012
  98. 613 citations up to the end of 2012
  99. 612 citations up to the end of 2012
  100. 610 citations up to the end of 2012