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

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2015 edition) 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 2016-12-31. 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. 9131 citations up to the end of 2015
  2. 8849 citations up to the end of 2015
  3. 7868 citations up to the end of 2015
  4. 7292 citations up to the end of 2015
  5. 5959 citations up to the end of 2015
  6. 5471 citations up to the end of 2015
  7. 4541 citations up to the end of 2015
  8. 4380 citations 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

  9. 4264 citations up to the end of 2015
  10. 3994 citations up to the end of 2015
  11. 3722 citations up to the end of 2015
  12. 3696 citations up to the end of 2015
  13. 3454 citations up to the end of 2015
  14. 2841 citations up to the end of 2015
  15. 2750 citations up to the end of 2015
  16. 2491 citations 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

  17. 2485 citations up to the end of 2015
  18. 2343 citations up to the end of 2015
  19. 2269 citations up to the end of 2015
  20. 2187 citations up to the end of 2015
  21. 2184 citations up to the end of 2015
  22. 2037 citations up to the end of 2015
  23. 2034 citations up to the end of 2015
  24. 2006 citations up to the end of 2015
  25. 1947 citations up to the end of 2015
  26. 1942 citations 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

  27. 1918 citations up to the end of 2015
  28. 1903 citations up to the end of 2015
  29. 1870 citations up to the end of 2015
  30. 1765 citations up to the end of 2015
  31. 1756 citations up to the end of 2015
  32. 1740 citations up to the end of 2015
  33. 1726 citations up to the end of 2015
  34. 1723 citations up to the end of 2015
  35. 1708 citations up to the end of 2015
  36. 1680 citations up to the end of 2015
  37. 1663 citations up to the end of 2015
  38. 1650 citations up to the end of 2015
  39. 1634 citations up to the end of 2015
  40. 1632 citations up to the end of 2015
  41. 1627 citations up to the end of 2015
  42. 1568 citations up to the end of 2015
  43. 1561 citations up to the end of 2015
  44. 1539 citations up to the end of 2015
  45. 1533 citations up to the end of 2015
  46. 1528 citations up to the end of 2015
    The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission
    Swift Science Collaboration (N. Gehrels et al.). May 2004. 38 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 611 (2004) 1005-1020, Erratum: Astrophys.J. 621 (2005) 558
    DOI: 10.1086/422091, 10.1086/427409
    e-Print: astro-ph/0405233 | PDF

  47. 1512 citations up to the end of 2015
  48. 1496 citations up to the end of 2015
  49. 1495 citations up to the end of 2015
  50. 1459 citations up to the end of 2015
  51. 1449 citations up to the end of 2015
  52. 1444 citations up to the end of 2015
  53. 1441 citations up to the end of 2015
  54. 1432 citations up to the end of 2015
  55. 1405 citations up to the end of 2015
  56. 1399 citations up to the end of 2015
  57. 1386 citations up to the end of 2015
  58. 1378 citations up to the end of 2015
  59. 1357 citations up to the end of 2015
  60. 1294 citations up to the end of 2015
  61. 1267 citations up to the end of 2015
  62. 1242 citations up to the end of 2015
  63. 1233 citations up to the end of 2015
    Planck 2013 results. XXII. Constraints on inflation
    Planck Collaboration (P.A.R. Ade (Cardiff U.) et al.). Mar 20, 2013. 42 pp.
    Published in Astron.Astrophys. 571 (2014) A22
    CERN-PH-TH-2013-135
    DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201321569
    e-Print: arXiv:1303.5082 [astro-ph.CO] | PDF

  64. 1224 citations up to the end of 2015
  65. 1216 citations up to the end of 2015
  66. 1207 citations up to the end of 2015
  67. 1199 citations 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

  68. 1187 citations up to the end of 2015
  69. 1174 citations up to the end of 2015
  70. 1171 citations up to the end of 2015
  71. 1168 citations up to the end of 2015
  72. 1160 citations up to the end of 2015
  73. 1155 citations up to the end of 2015
  74. 1155 citations up to the end of 2015
  75. 1155 citations up to the end of 2015
  76. 1141 citations up to the end of 2015
  77. 1140 citations 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

  78. 1133 citations up to the end of 2015
  79. 1132 citations up to the end of 2015
  80. 1120 citations up to the end of 2015
  81. 1113 citations up to the end of 2015
  82. 1110 citations up to the end of 2015
  83. 1103 citations up to the end of 2015
  84. 1103 citations up to the end of 2015
  85. 1090 citations up to the end of 2015
  86. 1083 citations up to the end of 2015
  87. 1081 citations up to the end of 2015
  88. 1065 citations up to the end of 2015
  89. 1064 citations up to the end of 2015
  90. 1061 citations up to the end of 2015
  91. 1059 citations up to the end of 2015
  92. 1038 citations up to the end of 2015
  93. 1035 citations up to the end of 2015
    The Sloan digital sky survey photometric camera
    SDSS Collaboration (J.E. Gunn (Princeton U. Observ.) et al.). Sep 1998. 108 pp.
    Published in Astron.J. 116 (1998) 3040
    FERMILAB-PUB-98-419-CD, ICR-435-98-31, ICRR-REPORT-435-98-31, POPE-774
    DOI: 10.1086/300645
    e-Print: astro-ph/9809085 | PDF

  94. 1032 citations up to the end of 2015
  95. 1023 citations up to the end of 2015
  96. 1022 citations up to the end of 2015
  97. 1021 citations up to the end of 2015
  98. 1016 citations up to the end of 2015
    Hybrid inflation
    Andrei D. Linde (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Jul 1993. 11 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev. D49 (1994) 748-754
    SU-ITP-93-17
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.49.748
    e-Print: astro-ph/9307002 | PDF

  99. 1016 citations up to the end of 2015
  100. 1007 citations up to the end of 2015