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 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. 9279 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
    e-Print: hep-th/9711200 | PDF

  2. 6214 citations up to the end of 2012
  3. 5431 citations up to the end of 2012
  4. 4952 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. 3218 citations up to the end of 2012
  6. 3118 citations up to the end of 2012
  7. 2471 citations up to the end of 2012
  8. 2273 citations up to the end of 2012
  9. 2153 citations up to the end of 2012
  10. 2065 citations up to the end of 2012
  11. 1933 citations up to the end of 2012
  12. 1899 citations up to the end of 2012
  13. 1894 citations up to the end of 2012
  14. 1883 citations up to the end of 2012
  15. 1805 citations up to the end of 2012
  16. 1804 citations up to the end of 2012
  17. 1763 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. 1747 citations up to the end of 2012
  19. 1643 citations up to the end of 2012
    The World as a hologram
    Leonard Susskind (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Sep 1994. 38 pp.
    Published in J.Math.Phys. 36 (1995) 6377-6396
    SU-ITP-94-33
    DOI: 10.1063/1.531249
    e-Print: hep-th/9409089 | PDF

  20. 1552 citations up to the end of 2012
  21. 1531 citations up to the end of 2012
  22. 1527 citations up to the end of 2012
  23. 1469 citations up to the end of 2012
  24. 1425 citations up to the end of 2012
  25. 1335 citations up to the end of 2012
  26. 1326 citations up to the end of 2012
  27. 1312 citations up to the end of 2012
  28. 1261 citations up to the end of 2012
  29. 1245 citations up to the end of 2012
  30. 1234 citations up to the end of 2012
  31. 1131 citations up to the end of 2012
  32. 1129 citations up to the end of 2012
  33. 1123 citations up to the end of 2012
  34. 1118 citations up to the end of 2012
  35. 1083 citations up to the end of 2012
  36. 978 citations up to the end of 2012
  37. 968 citations up to the end of 2012
    Dielectric branes
    Robert C. Myers (Santa Barbara, KITP & McGill U.). Oct 1999. 32 pp.
    Published in JHEP 9912 (1999) 022
    MCGILL-99-27, NSF-ITP-99-113
    DOI: 10.1088/1126-6708/1999/12/022
    e-Print: hep-th/9910053 | PDF

  38. 967 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

  39. 959 citations up to the end of 2012
  40. 952 citations up to the end of 2012
  41. 947 citations up to the end of 2012
  42. 921 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

  43. 919 citations up to the end of 2012
  44. 914 citations up to the end of 2012
  45. 896 citations up to the end of 2012
  46. 886 citations up to the end of 2012
  47. 858 citations up to the end of 2012
  48. 840 citations up to the end of 2012
  49. 836 citations up to the end of 2012
  50. 835 citations up to the end of 2012
  51. 825 citations up to the end of 2012
  52. 821 citations up to the end of 2012
  53. 818 citations up to the end of 2012
  54. 804 citations up to the end of 2012
    A Stress tensor for Anti-de Sitter gravity
    Vijay Balasubramanian (Harvard U. & UC, Santa Barbara), Per Kraus (Chicago U., EFI). Feb 1999. 19 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 208 (1999) 413-428
    HUTP-99-A002, EFI-99-6, NSF-ITP-98-132
    DOI: 10.1007/s002200050764
    e-Print: hep-th/9902121 | PDF

  55. 800 citations up to the end of 2012
  56. 799 citations up to the end of 2012
  57. 797 citations up to the end of 2012
  58. 773 citations up to the end of 2012
  59. 771 citations up to the end of 2012
  60. 766 citations up to the end of 2012
  61. 763 citations up to the end of 2012
  62. 759 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. 753 citations up to the end of 2012
  64. 752 citations up to the end of 2012
  65. 747 citations up to the end of 2012
  66. 729 citations up to the end of 2012
  67. 724 citations up to the end of 2012
  68. 724 citations up to the end of 2012
  69. 705 citations up to the end of 2012
  70. 703 citations up to the end of 2012
  71. 703 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

  72. 699 citations up to the end of 2012
  73. 696 citations up to the end of 2012
  74. 690 citations up to the end of 2012
  75. 685 citations up to the end of 2012
  76. 678 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(00)00373-4, 10.1016/S0550-3213(01)00289-9
    e-Print: hep-th/9906070 | PDF

  77. 676 citations up to the end of 2012
    String solitons
    M.J. Duff (Newton Inst. Math. Sci., Cambridge & Texas A-M), Ramzi R. Khuri (McGill U. & CERN), J.X. Lu (Texas A-M). Dec 1994. 150 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rept. 259 (1995) 213-326
    NI-94017, CTP-TAMU-67-92, MCGILL-94-53, CERN-TH-7542-94
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-1573(95)00002-X
    e-Print: hep-th/9412184 | PDF

  78. 663 citations up to the end of 2012
  79. 662 citations up to the end of 2012
    Branes within branes
    Michael R. Douglas (Rutgers U., Piscataway). Dec 1995. 10 pp.
    Published in In *Cargese 1997, Strings, branes and dualities* 267-275
    RU-95-92
    Prepared for Conference: C97-05-26.4, p.267-275 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9512077 | PDF

  80. 657 citations up to the end of 2012
  81. 653 citations up to the end of 2012
  82. 649 citations up to the end of 2012
  83. 649 citations up to the end of 2012
  84. 648 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

  85. 644 citations up to the end of 2012
  86. 643 citations up to the end of 2012
  87. 642 citations up to the end of 2012
  88. 630 citations up to the end of 2012
  89. 626 citations up to the end of 2012
  90. 625 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

  91. 617 citations up to the end of 2012
  92. 609 citations up to the end of 2012
  93. 607 citations up to the end of 2012
  94. 604 citations up to the end of 2012
  95. 602 citations up to the end of 2012
  96. 602 citations up to the end of 2012
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  100. 595 citations up to the end of 2012