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 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 2015 editions

54194 core citations up to the end of 2015PDG 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. 11080 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. 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. 8464 core citations up to the end of 2015
  3. 7639 core citations up to the end of 2015
  4. 7340 core citations up to the end of 2015
  5. 6769 core citations up to the end of 2015
  6. 6632 core citations up to the end of 2015
  7. 6405 core citations up to the end of 2015
  8. 5547 core citations up to the end of 2015
  9. 5541 core citations up to the end of 2015
  10. 5383 core citations up to the end of 2015
  11. 5362 core citations up to the end of 2015
  12. 5311 core citations up to the end of 2015
  13. 5144 core citations up to the end of 2015
  14. 5104 core citations up to the end of 2015
  15. 5091 core citations up to the end of 2015
  16. 5047 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, Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  17. 5035 core citations up to the end of 2015
  18. 4826 core citations up to the end of 2015
  19. 4513 core citations up to the end of 2015
  20. 4453 core citations up to the end of 2015
  21. 4385 core citations up to the end of 2015
  22. 4370 core citations up to the end of 2015
  23. 4357 core citations up to the end of 2015
  24. 4279 core citations up to the end of 2015
  25. 4257 core citations up to the end of 2015
  26. 4239 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

  27. 3999 core citations up to the end of 2015
  28. 3876 core citations up to the end of 2015
  29. 3801 core citations up to the end of 2015
  30. 3792 core citations up to the end of 2015
  31. 3782 core citations up to the end of 2015
  32. 3774 core citations up to the end of 2015
  33. 3764 core citations up to the end of 2015
  34. 3742 core citations up to the end of 2015
  35. 3726 core citations up to the end of 2015
  36. 3537 core citations up to the end of 2015
  37. 3428 core citations up to the end of 2015
  38. 3402 core citations up to the end of 2015
  39. 3367 core citations up to the end of 2015