Top Cited Articles of All Time (2014 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2014 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 2014 editions

51126 core citations up to the end of 2014PDG 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. 10357 core citations up to the end of 2014
    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. 8309 core citations up to the end of 2014
  3. 7436 core citations up to the end of 2014
  4. 6912 core citations up to the end of 2014
  5. 6325 core citations up to the end of 2014
  6. 6050 core citations up to the end of 2014
  7. 5864 core citations up to the end of 2014
  8. 5236 core citations up to the end of 2014
  9. 5215 core citations up to the end of 2014
  10. 5136 core citations up to the end of 2014
  11. 5094 core citations up to the end of 2014
  12. 5091 core citations up to the end of 2014
  13. 4981 core citations up to the end of 2014
  14. 4695 core citations up to the end of 2014
    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. 4520 core citations up to the end of 2014
  16. 4367 core citations up to the end of 2014
  17. 4331 core citations up to the end of 2014
  18. 4269 core citations up to the end of 2014
  19. 4264 core citations up to the end of 2014
  20. 4231 core citations up to the end of 2014
  21. 4180 core citations up to the end of 2014
  22. 4139 core citations up to the end of 2014
  23. 4104 core citations up to the end of 2014
  24. 4086 core citations up to the end of 2014
    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

  25. 3869 core citations up to the end of 2014
  26. 3852 core citations up to the end of 2014
  27. 3816 core citations up to the end of 2014
  28. 3763 core citations up to the end of 2014
  29. 3682 core citations up to the end of 2014
  30. 3674 core citations up to the end of 2014
  31. 3658 core citations up to the end of 2014
  32. 3654 core citations up to the end of 2014
  33. 3585 core citations up to the end of 2014
  34. 3527 core citations up to the end of 2014
  35. 3351 core citations up to the end of 2014
  36. 3317 core citations up to the end of 2014
  37. 3314 core citations up to the end of 2014
  38. 3295 core citations up to the end of 2014
  39. 3249 core citations up to the end of 2014