Top Cited Articles of All Time (2015 edition) by hep-th

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2015 edition) cited by papers 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 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

2015 reports for eprints

  1. 8461 citations by hep-th eprints 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. 5814 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  3. 5206 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  4. 2731 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  5. 2703 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  6. 2568 citations by hep-th eprints 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

  7. 2474 citations by hep-th eprints 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

  8. 2204 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  9. 2009 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  10. 1764 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  11. 1726 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  12. 1713 citations by hep-th eprints 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

  13. 1651 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  14. 1597 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  15. 1594 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  16. 1507 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  17. 1439 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  18. 1379 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  19. 1361 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  20. 1312 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  21. 1245 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
    Topologically Massive Gauge Theories
    Stanley Deser (Brandeis U.), R. Jackiw, S. Templeton (MIT, LNS). Dec 1981. 70 pp.
    Published in Annals Phys. 140 (1982) 372-411, Annals Phys. 281 (2000) 409-449, Erratum: Annals Phys. 185 (1988) 406
    MIT-CTP-964
    DOI: 10.1006/aphy.2000.6013, 10.1016/0003-4916(82)90164-6

  22. 1244 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  23. 1240 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  24. 1216 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  25. 1196 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  26. 1176 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  27. 1170 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  28. 1170 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  29. 1147 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  30. 1136 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  31. 1110 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  32. 1081 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  33. 1072 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  34. 1062 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  35. 1051 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  36. 977 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  37. 968 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  38. 943 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  39. 931 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
    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

  40. 923 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  41. 917 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  42. 905 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
    Dimensional reduction in quantum gravity
    Gerard 't Hooft (Utrecht U.). Oct 25, 1993. 15 pp.
    Published in Conf.Proc. C930308 (1993) 284-296
    THU-93-26
    Conference: C93-03-08
    e-Print: gr-qc/9310026 | PDF

  43. 905 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  44. 900 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  45. 892 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  46. 885 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  47. 874 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  48. 871 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  49. 862 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
    Noncommutative Geometry and String Field Theory
    Edward Witten (Princeton U.). Oct 1985. 42 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B268 (1986) 253-294
    Print-86-0083 (PRINCETON)
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(86)90155-0

  50. 857 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  51. 853 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  52. 852 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
    Phases of N=2 theories in two-dimensions
    Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study). Jan 1993. 93 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B403 (1993) 159-222, AMS/IP Stud.Adv.Math. 1 (1996) 143-211
    IASSNS-HEP-93-3
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(93)90033-L
    e-Print: hep-th/9301042 | PDF

  53. 848 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  54. 842 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  55. 842 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
    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

  56. 823 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  57. 818 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  58. 816 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
    Quantum Geometry of Bosonic Strings
    Alexander M. Polyakov (Landau Inst.). Jun 1981. 4 pp.
    Published in Phys.Lett. B103 (1981) 207-210, Phys.Lett. 103B (1981) 207-210
    Print-81-0351 (LANDAU INST)
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-2693(81)90743-7

  59. 814 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  60. 802 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  61. 797 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
    Nonabelian Bosonization in Two-Dimensions
    Edward Witten (Princeton U.). Oct 1983. 30 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 92 (1984) 455-472
    PRINT-83-0934 (PRINCETON)
    DOI: 10.1007/BF01215276

  62. 797 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  63. 786 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
    Stability of Classical Solutions
    E.B. Bogomolny (Landau Inst.). Nov 1975. 19 pp.
    Published in Sov.J.Nucl.Phys. 24 (1976) 449, Yad.Fiz. 24 (1976) 861-870
    PRINT-76-0543 (LANDAU-INST.)

  64. 772 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  65. 772 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  66. 764 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  67. 743 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  68. 740 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  69. 728 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  70. 726 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  71. 718 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  72. 696 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  73. 696 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  74. 694 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  75. 689 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  76. 689 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  77. 688 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  78. 687 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  79. 682 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  80. 682 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  81. 681 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
    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(01)00289-9, 10.1016/S0550-3213(00)00373-4
    e-Print: hep-th/9906070 | PDF

  82. 681 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  83. 680 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  84. 675 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  85. 675 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  86. 673 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  87. 669 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  88. 668 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  89. 667 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  90. 659 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  91. 658 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
    Quantized space-time
    Hartland S. Snyder (Northwestern U.). May 1946. 4 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev. 71 (1947) 38-41
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRev.71.38

  92. 647 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
    Branes within branes
    Michael R. Douglas (Rutgers U., Piscataway). Dec 1995. 10 pp.
    Published in NATO Sci.Ser.C 520 (1999) 267-275
    RU-95-92
    Prepared for Conference: C97-05-26.4 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9512077 | PDF

  93. 646 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  94. 646 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  95. 643 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  96. 640 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  97. 640 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  98. 632 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
  99. 630 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015
    Magnetic Monopoles in Unified Gauge Theories
    Gerard 't Hooft (CERN). May 1974. 9 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B79 (1974) 276-284
    CERN-TH-1876
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(74)90486-6

  100. 627 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2015