Top Cited Articles of All Time (2013 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2013 edition)

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 2015-01-08. 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 2013 editions

47295 core citations up to the end of 2013PDG RPP has been unified. The most recent is shown.
Review of Particle Physics
Particle Data Group Collaboration (K.A. Olive (Minnesota U.) et al.). 2014. 1676 pp.
Published in Chin.Phys. C38 (2014) 090001
DOI: 10.1088/1674-1137/38/9/090001

  1. 9508 core citations up to the end of 2013
    The Large N limit of superconformal field theories and supergravity
    Juan Martin Maldacena (Harvard U.). Nov 1997. 19 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. 7798 core citations up to the end of 2013
  3. 7025 core citations up to the end of 2013
  4. 6393 core citations up to the end of 2013
  5. 5945 core citations up to the end of 2013
  6. 5607 core citations up to the end of 2013
  7. 4939 core citations up to the end of 2013
  8. 4827 core citations up to the end of 2013
  9. 4801 core citations up to the end of 2013
  10. 4791 core citations up to the end of 2013
  11. 4674 core citations up to the end of 2013
  12. 4590 core citations up to the end of 2013
  13. 4506 core citations up to the end of 2013
  14. 4303 core citations up to the end of 2013
    Particle Creation by Black Holes
    S.W. Hawking (Cambridge U.). Aug 1975. 22 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 43 (1975) 199-220, Erratum-ibid. 46 (1976) 206-206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  15. 4156 core citations up to the end of 2013
  16. 4109 core citations up to the end of 2013
  17. 4066 core citations up to the end of 2013
  18. 4051 core citations up to the end of 2013
  19. 4004 core citations up to the end of 2013
  20. 3932 core citations up to the end of 2013
  21. 3841 core citations up to the end of 2013
  22. 3836 core citations up to the end of 2013
    Evidence for oscillation of atmospheric neutrinos
    Super-Kamiokande Collaboration (Y. Fukuda (Tokyo U., ICRR) et al.). Jul 1998. 9 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 81 (1998) 1562-1567
    BU-98-17, ICRR-REPORT-422-98-18, UCI-98-8, KEK-PREPRINT-98-95, LSU-HEPA-5-98, UMD-98-003, SBHEP-98-5, TKU-PAP-98-06, TIT-HPE-98-09
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.81.1562
    e-Print: hep-ex/9807003 | PDF

  23. 3662 core citations up to the end of 2013
  24. 3655 core citations up to the end of 2013
  25. 3607 core citations up to the end of 2013
  26. 3520 core citations up to the end of 2013
  27. 3513 core citations up to the end of 2013
  28. 3506 core citations up to the end of 2013
  29. 3506 core citations up to the end of 2013
  30. 3463 core citations up to the end of 2013
  31. 3415 core citations up to the end of 2013
  32. 3266 core citations up to the end of 2013
  33. 3159 core citations up to the end of 2013
  34. 3155 core citations up to the end of 2013
  35. 3135 core citations up to the end of 2013
  36. 3111 core citations up to the end of 2013
  37. 3071 core citations up to the end of 2013
  38. 3056 core citations up to the end of 2013
  39. 3014 core citations up to the end of 2013