Top Cited Articles of All Time (2015 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2015 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 2018-01-08. 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 2015 editions

57427 core citations up to the end of 2015PDG RPP has been unified. The most recent is shown.
Review of Particle Physics
Particle Data Group (C. Patrignani (Bologna U. & INFN, Bologna) et al.). 2016. 1808 pp.
Published in Chin.Phys. C40 (2016) no.10, 100001
DOI: 10.1088/1674-1137/40/10/100001

  1. 11446 core citations up to the end of 2015
  2. 9289 core citations up to the end of 2015
  3. 8138 core citations up to the end of 2015
  4. 7561 core citations up to the end of 2015
  5. 7446 core citations up to the end of 2015
  6. 6877 core citations up to the end of 2015
    A Large mass hierarchy from a small extra dimension
    Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.). May 1999. 9 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 83 (1999) 3370-3373
    MIT-CTP-2860, PUPT-1860, BUHEP-99-9
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.3370
    e-Print: hep-ph/9905221 | PDF

  7. 6583 core citations up to the end of 2015
  8. 5971 core citations up to the end of 2015
  9. 5865 core citations up to the end of 2015
  10. 5756 core citations up to the end of 2015
  11. 5756 core citations up to the end of 2015
  12. 5738 core citations up to the end of 2015
  13. 5698 core citations up to the end of 2015
  14. 5562 core citations up to the end of 2015
  15. 5496 core citations up to the end of 2015
  16. 5427 core citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  17. 5247 core citations up to the end of 2015
    Particle Creation by Black Holes
    S.W. Hawking (Cambridge U.). Aug 1975. 22 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 43 (1975) 199-220, Erratum: Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  18. 5083 core citations up to the end of 2015
  19. 4764 core citations up to the end of 2015
  20. 4758 core citations up to the end of 2015
  21. 4674 core citations up to the end of 2015
  22. 4635 core citations up to the end of 2015
  23. 4586 core citations up to the end of 2015
  24. 4527 core citations up to the end of 2015
    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. 4513 core citations up to the end of 2015
  26. 4420 core citations up to the end of 2015
  27. 4363 core citations up to the end of 2015
  28. 4254 core citations up to the end of 2015
  29. 4127 core citations up to the end of 2015
  30. 3986 core citations up to the end of 2015
  31. 3983 core citations up to the end of 2015
  32. 3975 core citations up to the end of 2015
  33. 3905 core citations up to the end of 2015
  34. 3877 core citations up to the end of 2015
  35. 3841 core citations up to the end of 2015
  36. 3686 core citations up to the end of 2015
  37. 3661 core citations up to the end of 2015
  38. 3635 core citations up to the end of 2015
  39. 3595 core citations up to the end of 2015