Top Cited Articles of All Time (2015 edition) by astro-ph

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2015 edition) cited by papers in the astro-ph 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 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.

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2015 reports for eprints

1313 citations by astro-ph eprints 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. 7234 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  2. 4425 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  3. 4296 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  4. 4057 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  5. 4015 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  6. 3908 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  7. 3863 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  8. 3680 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  9. 3448 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  10. 3326 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  11. 3226 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  12. 3153 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  13. 2821 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  14. 2477 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
    Star formation in galaxies along the Hubble sequence
    Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. (Arizona U., Astron. Dept. - Steward Observ.). Jul 1998. 41 pp.
    Published in Ann.Rev.Astron.Astrophys. 36 (1998) 189-231
    STEWARD-1454, STEWARD-OBSERVATORY-PREPRINT-1454
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev.astro.36.1.189
    e-Print: astro-ph/9807187 | PDF

  15. 2466 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  16. 2436 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
    SExtractor: Software for source extraction
    E. Bertin, S. Arnouts. Jun 1996. 12 pp.
    Published in Astron.Astrophys.Suppl.Ser. 117 (1996) 393-404
    DOI: 10.1051/aas:1996164

  17. 2426 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
    The Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS)
    M.F. Skrutskie et al.. Feb 2006. 21 pp.
    Published in Astron.J. 131 (2006) 1163-1183
    DOI: 10.1086/498708

  18. 2404 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  19. 2397 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  20. 2172 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  21. 2136 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  22. 2029 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  23. 1996 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  24. 1980 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  25. 1975 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
    Planck 2013 results. XVI. Cosmological parameters
    Planck Collaboration (P.A.R. Ade (Cardiff U.) et al.). Mar 20, 2013. 66 pp.
    Published in Astron.Astrophys. 571 (2014) A16
    CERN-PH-TH-2013-129
    DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201321591
    e-Print: arXiv:1303.5076 [astro-ph.CO] | PDF

  26. 1948 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  27. 1931 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
    The Global Schmidt law in star forming galaxies
    Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. (Arizona U., Astron. Dept. - Steward Observ.). Dec 1997. 23 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 498 (1998) 541
    STEWARD-1419, STEWARD-OBSERVATORY-PREPRINT-1419
    DOI: 10.1086/305588
    e-Print: astro-ph/9712213 | PDF

  28. 1925 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  29. 1904 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  30. 1869 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  31. 1831 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  32. 1830 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  33. 1740 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  34. 1708 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  35. 1701 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  36. 1691 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  37. 1682 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  38. 1661 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  39. 1639 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  40. 1615 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  41. 1604 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  42. 1564 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  43. 1554 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  44. 1535 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  45. 1507 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  46. 1498 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  47. 1487 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  48. 1483 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  49. 1481 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  50. 1463 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  51. 1455 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  52. 1451 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  53. 1442 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  54. 1441 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
    The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission
    Swift Science Collaboration (N. Gehrels (NASA, Goddard) et al.). May 2004. 38 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 611 (2004) 1005-1020, Erratum: Astrophys.J. 621 (2005) 558
    DOI: 10.1086/427409, 10.1086/422091
    e-Print: astro-ph/0405233 | PDF

  55. 1436 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  56. 1436 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  57. 1416 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  58. 1385 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  59. 1382 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  60. 1379 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  61. 1370 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  62. 1359 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  63. 1354 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  64. 1348 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  65. 1337 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  66. 1333 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  67. 1319 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  68. 1310 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  69. 1301 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  70. 1297 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  71. 1285 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  72. 1212 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  73. 1207 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  74. 1187 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  75. 1184 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  76. 1179 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  77. 1168 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  78. 1159 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  79. 1156 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  80. 1153 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  81. 1151 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  82. 1148 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
    Dwarf galaxies of the Local Group
    Mario Mateo (Michigan U.). Oct 1998. 66 pp.
    Published in Ann.Rev.Astron.Astrophys. 36 (1998) 435-506
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev.astro.36.1.435
    e-Print: astro-ph/9810070 | PDF

  83. 1145 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  84. 1137 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  85. 1129 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
    Clustering in real space and in redshift space
    N. Kaiser (Cambridge U.). Jul 1987. 27 pp.
    Published in Mon.Not.Roy.Astron.Soc. 227 (1987) 1-27

  86. 1129 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
    The host galaxies of AGN
    SDSS Collaboration (Guinevere Kauffmann et al.). Apr 2003. 44 pp.
    Published in Mon.Not.Roy.Astron.Soc. 346 (2003) 1055
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2003.07154.x
    e-Print: astro-ph/0304239 | PDF

  87. 1119 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  88. 1115 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  89. 1110 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  90. 1106 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  91. 1105 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  92. 1105 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  93. 1101 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  94. 1089 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  95. 1078 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  96. 1075 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  97. 1074 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
    Structure in the COBE differential microwave radiometer first year maps
    COBE Collaboration (George F. Smoot et al.). Apr 1992. 19 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 396 (1992) L1-L5
    PRINT-92-0148 (UC,BERKELEY)
    DOI: 10.1086/186504

  98. 1070 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015
  99. 1062 citations by astro-ph eprints up to the end of 2015