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 2016-01-04. 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

48033 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. 9635 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. 8032 core citations up to the end of 2013
  3. 7170 core citations up to the end of 2013
  4. 6468 core citations up to the end of 2013
  5. 6016 core citations up to the end of 2013
  6. 5669 core citations up to the end of 2013
  7. 5002 core citations up to the end of 2013
  8. 4993 core citations up to the end of 2013
  9. 4896 core citations up to the end of 2013
  10. 4873 core citations up to the end of 2013
  11. 4755 core citations up to the end of 2013
  12. 4659 core citations up to the end of 2013
  13. 4589 core citations up to the end of 2013
  14. 4373 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, Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  15. 4194 core citations up to the end of 2013
  16. 4162 core citations up to the end of 2013
  17. 4128 core citations up to the end of 2013
  18. 4117 core citations up to the end of 2013
  19. 4048 core citations up to the end of 2013
  20. 4026 core citations up to the end of 2013
  21. 3939 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

  22. 3905 core citations up to the end of 2013
  23. 3717 core citations up to the end of 2013
  24. 3704 core citations up to the end of 2013
  25. 3646 core citations up to the end of 2013
  26. 3632 core citations up to the end of 2013
  27. 3567 core citations up to the end of 2013
  28. 3553 core citations up to the end of 2013
  29. 3547 core citations up to the end of 2013
  30. 3524 core citations up to the end of 2013
  31. 3453 core citations up to the end of 2013
  32. 3292 core citations up to the end of 2013
  33. 3213 core citations up to the end of 2013
  34. 3200 core citations up to the end of 2013
  35. 3182 core citations up to the end of 2013
  36. 3176 core citations up to the end of 2013
  37. 3102 core citations up to the end of 2013
  38. 3089 core citations up to the end of 2013
  39. 3085 core citations up to the end of 2013