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 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. 9295 citations up to the end of 2015
  2. 9020 citations up to the end of 2015
  3. 7981 citations up to the end of 2015
  4. 7310 citations up to the end of 2015
  5. 6033 citations up to the end of 2015
  6. 5562 citations up to the end of 2015
  7. 4582 citations up to the end of 2015
  8. 4459 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. 4330 citations up to the end of 2015
  10. 4010 citations up to the end of 2015
  11. 3788 citations up to the end of 2015
  12. 3711 citations up to the end of 2015
  13. 3500 citations up to the end of 2015
  14. 2880 citations up to the end of 2015
  15. 2775 citations up to the end of 2015
  16. 2534 citations up to the end of 2015
  17. 2504 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

  18. 2386 citations up to the end of 2015
  19. 2298 citations up to the end of 2015
  20. 2215 citations up to the end of 2015
  21. 2210 citations up to the end of 2015
  22. 2060 citations up to the end of 2015
  23. 2053 citations up to the end of 2015
  24. 2015 citations up to the end of 2015
  25. 1970 citations up to the end of 2015
  26. 1955 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. 1955 citations up to the end of 2015
  28. 1910 citations up to the end of 2015
  29. 1898 citations up to the end of 2015
  30. 1795 citations up to the end of 2015
  31. 1764 citations up to the end of 2015
  32. 1747 citations up to the end of 2015
  33. 1747 citations up to the end of 2015
  34. 1739 citations up to the end of 2015
  35. 1734 citations up to the end of 2015
  36. 1703 citations up to the end of 2015
  37. 1694 citations up to the end of 2015
  38. 1674 citations up to the end of 2015
  39. 1669 citations up to the end of 2015
  40. 1669 citations up to the end of 2015
  41. 1640 citations up to the end of 2015
  42. 1591 citations up to the end of 2015
  43. 1579 citations up to the end of 2015
  44. 1569 citations up to the end of 2015
  45. 1569 citations up to the end of 2015
  46. 1541 citations 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

  47. 1522 citations up to the end of 2015
  48. 1518 citations up to the end of 2015
  49. 1502 citations up to the end of 2015
  50. 1488 citations up to the end of 2015
  51. 1477 citations up to the end of 2015
  52. 1461 citations up to the end of 2015
  53. 1452 citations up to the end of 2015
  54. 1443 citations up to the end of 2015
  55. 1408 citations up to the end of 2015
  56. 1402 citations up to the end of 2015
  57. 1399 citations up to the end of 2015
  58. 1397 citations up to the end of 2015
  59. 1378 citations up to the end of 2015
  60. 1310 citations up to the end of 2015
  61. 1296 citations up to the end of 2015
  62. 1266 citations up to the end of 2015
  63. 1259 citations up to the end of 2015
  64. 1258 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

  65. 1233 citations up to the end of 2015
  66. 1221 citations up to the end of 2015
  67. 1216 citations up to the end of 2015
  68. 1216 citations up to the end of 2015
  69. 1209 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

  70. 1178 citations up to the end of 2015
  71. 1176 citations up to the end of 2015
  72. 1173 citations up to the end of 2015
  73. 1168 citations up to the end of 2015
  74. 1166 citations up to the end of 2015
  75. 1163 citations up to the end of 2015
  76. 1157 citations up to the end of 2015
  77. 1142 citations up to the end of 2015
  78. 1142 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

  79. 1139 citations up to the end of 2015
  80. 1137 citations up to the end of 2015
  81. 1133 citations up to the end of 2015
  82. 1131 citations up to the end of 2015
  83. 1119 citations up to the end of 2015
  84. 1118 citations up to the end of 2015
  85. 1111 citations up to the end of 2015
  86. 1101 citations up to the end of 2015
  87. 1096 citations up to the end of 2015
  88. 1080 citations up to the end of 2015
  89. 1080 citations up to the end of 2015
  90. 1074 citations up to the end of 2015
  91. 1072 citations up to the end of 2015
  92. 1053 citations up to the end of 2015
  93. 1041 citations up to the end of 2015
  94. 1041 citations up to the end of 2015
  95. 1039 citations up to the end of 2015
  96. 1037 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

  97. 1031 citations up to the end of 2015
  98. 1031 citations up to the end of 2015
  99. 1029 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

  100. 1029 citations up to the end of 2015