Top Cited Articles of All Time (2014 edition) in hep-th

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2014 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 2014 editions

2014 reports for eprints

  1. 10812 citations up to the end of 2014
    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. 7204 citations up to the end of 2014
  3. 6268 citations up to the end of 2014
  4. 5406 citations up to the end of 2014
    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. 3534 citations up to the end of 2014
  6. 3488 citations up to the end of 2014
  7. 2679 citations up to the end of 2014
  8. 2540 citations up to the end of 2014
  9. 2434 citations up to the end of 2014
  10. 2279 citations up to the end of 2014
  11. 2181 citations up to the end of 2014
  12. 2136 citations up to the end of 2014
  13. 2123 citations up to the end of 2014
  14. 2096 citations up to the end of 2014
    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

  15. 2062 citations up to the end of 2014
  16. 2011 citations up to the end of 2014
  17. 1989 citations up to the end of 2014
  18. 1941 citations up to the end of 2014
  19. 1933 citations up to the end of 2014
    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. 1831 citations up to the end of 2014
  21. 1825 citations up to the end of 2014
  22. 1578 citations up to the end of 2014
  23. 1549 citations up to the end of 2014
  24. 1528 citations up to the end of 2014
  25. 1488 citations up to the end of 2014
  26. 1466 citations up to the end of 2014
  27. 1444 citations up to the end of 2014
  28. 1399 citations up to the end of 2014
  29. 1383 citations up to the end of 2014
  30. 1383 citations up to the end of 2014
  31. 1331 citations up to the end of 2014
  32. 1329 citations up to the end of 2014
  33. 1274 citations up to the end of 2014
  34. 1261 citations up to the end of 2014
  35. 1259 citations up to the end of 2014
  36. 1157 citations up to the end of 2014
  37. 1132 citations up to the end of 2014
  38. 1112 citations up to the end of 2014
    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. 1075 citations up to the end of 2014
  40. 1070 citations up to the end of 2014
    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

  41. 1036 citations up to the end of 2014
  42. 1022 citations up to the end of 2014
    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. 1015 citations up to the end of 2014
  44. 1010 citations up to the end of 2014
  45. 1001 citations up to the end of 2014
  46. 999 citations up to the end of 2014
  47. 995 citations up to the end of 2014
    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

  48. 985 citations up to the end of 2014
  49. 970 citations up to the end of 2014
  50. 964 citations up to the end of 2014
  51. 963 citations up to the end of 2014
  52. 958 citations up to the end of 2014
  53. 942 citations up to the end of 2014
  54. 939 citations up to the end of 2014
  55. 928 citations up to the end of 2014
  56. 903 citations up to the end of 2014
  57. 902 citations up to the end of 2014
    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

  58. 892 citations up to the end of 2014
  59. 888 citations up to the end of 2014
  60. 886 citations up to the end of 2014
  61. 856 citations up to the end of 2014
  62. 853 citations up to the end of 2014
  63. 840 citations up to the end of 2014
  64. 829 citations up to the end of 2014
    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

  65. 820 citations up to the end of 2014
  66. 820 citations up to the end of 2014
  67. 818 citations up to the end of 2014
  68. 807 citations up to the end of 2014
  69. 803 citations up to the end of 2014
  70. 791 citations up to the end of 2014
  71. 788 citations up to the end of 2014
  72. 785 citations up to the end of 2014
  73. 783 citations up to the end of 2014
  74. 775 citations up to the end of 2014
  75. 771 citations up to the end of 2014
  76. 763 citations up to the end of 2014
  77. 763 citations up to the end of 2014
  78. 760 citations up to the end of 2014
  79. 760 citations up to the end of 2014
  80. 755 citations up to the end of 2014
  81. 752 citations up to the end of 2014
    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

  82. 751 citations up to the end of 2014
  83. 743 citations up to the end of 2014
  84. 738 citations up to the end of 2014
  85. 733 citations up to the end of 2014
  86. 715 citations up to the end of 2014
    DBI in the sky
    Mohsen Alishahiha (IPM, Tehran), Eva Silverstein (SLAC & Stanford U., Phys. Dept.), David Tong (MIT, LNS & SLAC & Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Apr 2004. 31 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev. D70 (2004) 123505
    SLAC-PUB-10406, IPM-P-2004-016, MIT-CTP-3488, SU-ITP-4-15
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.70.123505
    e-Print: hep-th/0404084 | PDF

  87. 709 citations up to the end of 2014
  88. 707 citations up to the end of 2014
  89. 707 citations up to the end of 2014
  90. 703 citations up to the end of 2014
    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

  91. 703 citations up to the end of 2014
  92. 700 citations up to the end of 2014
  93. 697 citations up to the end of 2014
  94. 696 citations up to the end of 2014
    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

  95. 686 citations up to the end of 2014
  96. 684 citations up to the end of 2014
    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

  97. 684 citations up to the end of 2014
    Seiberg-Witten prepotential from instanton counting
    Nikita A. Nekrasov (IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette). Jun 2002. 34 pp.
    Published in Adv.Theor.Math.Phys. 7 (2003) no.5, 831-864
    ITEP-TH-22-02, IHES-P-04-22
    DOI: 10.4310/ATMP.2003.v7.n5.a4
    e-Print: hep-th/0206161 | PDF

  98. 673 citations up to the end of 2014
  99. 671 citations up to the end of 2014
    The Holographic principle
    Raphael Bousso (Santa Barbara, KITP). Mar 2002. 51 pp.
    Published in Rev.Mod.Phys. 74 (2002) 825-874
    NSF-ITP-02-17
    DOI: 10.1103/RevModPhys.74.825
    e-Print: hep-th/0203101 | PDF

  100. 670 citations up to the end of 2014