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 2018-12-30. 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

58205 core citations up to the end of 2015PDG RPP has been unified. The most recent is shown.
Review of Particle Physics
Particle Data Group (M. Tanabashi (Nagoya U. & KMI, Nagoya) et al.). 2018. 1898 pp.
Published in Phys.Rev. D98 (2018) no.3, 030001
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.98.030001

  1. 11519 core citations up to the end of 2015
    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, 10.4310/ATMP.1998.v2.n2.a1
    e-Print: hep-th/9711200 | PDF

  2. 9510 core citations up to the end of 2015
  3. 8243 core citations up to the end of 2015
  4. 7606 core citations up to the end of 2015
  5. 7479 core citations up to the end of 2015
  6. 6935 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. 6616 core citations up to the end of 2015
  8. 6111 core citations up to the end of 2015
  9. 5969 core citations up to the end of 2015
  10. 5841 core citations up to the end of 2015
  11. 5832 core citations up to the end of 2015
  12. 5782 core citations up to the end of 2015
  13. 5780 core citations up to the end of 2015
  14. 5625 core citations up to the end of 2015
  15. 5583 core citations up to the end of 2015
  16. 5463 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. 5284 core citations up to the end of 2015
    Particle Creation by Black Holes
    S.W. Hawking (Cambridge U., DAMTP & Caltech). Aug 1975. 22 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 43 (1975) 199-220, Erratum: Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF01608497, 10.1007/BF02345020

  18. 5137 core citations up to the end of 2015
  19. 4876 core citations up to the end of 2015
  20. 4842 core citations up to the end of 2015
  21. 4763 core citations up to the end of 2015
  22. 4740 core citations up to the end of 2015
  23. 4686 core citations up to the end of 2015
  24. 4604 core citations up to the end of 2015
  25. 4596 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

  26. 4511 core citations up to the end of 2015
  27. 4383 core citations up to the end of 2015
  28. 4298 core citations up to the end of 2015
  29. 4180 core citations up to the end of 2015
  30. 4032 core citations up to the end of 2015
  31. 4016 core citations up to the end of 2015
  32. 4013 core citations up to the end of 2015
  33. 3924 core citations up to the end of 2015
  34. 3924 core citations up to the end of 2015
  35. 3870 core citations up to the end of 2015
  36. 3775 core citations up to the end of 2015
  37. 3736 core citations up to the end of 2015
  38. 3714 core citations up to the end of 2015
  39. 3705 core citations up to the end of 2015