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

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2015 edition) 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 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. 11617 citations 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
    e-Print: hep-th/9711200 | PDF

  2. 7675 citations up to the end of 2015
  3. 6653 citations up to the end of 2015
  4. 5652 citations 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

  5. 3742 citations up to the end of 2015
  6. 3618 citations up to the end of 2015
  7. 2833 citations up to the end of 2015
  8. 2763 citations up to the end of 2015
  9. 2501 citations up to the end of 2015
  10. 2341 citations up to the end of 2015
  11. 2331 citations up to the end of 2015
  12. 2260 citations up to the end of 2015
  13. 2251 citations up to the end of 2015
    Complex Spinors and Unified Theories
    Murray Gell-Mann (CERN), Pierre Ramond (Caltech), Richard Slansky (Los Alamos). 1979. 7 pp.
    Published in Conf.Proc. C790927 (1979) 315-321
    PRINT-80-0576
    Prepared for Conference: C79-09-27 (Stony Brook Wkshp.1979:0315)
    e-Print: arXiv:1306.4669 [hep-th] | PDF

  14. 2217 citations up to the end of 2015
  15. 2178 citations up to the end of 2015
  16. 2117 citations up to the end of 2015
  17. 2078 citations up to the end of 2015
    The World as a hologram
    Leonard Susskind (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Sep 1994. 38 pp.
    Published in J.Math.Phys. 36 (1995) 6377-6396
    SU-ITP-94-33
    DOI: 10.1063/1.531249
    e-Print: hep-th/9409089 | PDF

  18. 2039 citations up to the end of 2015
  19. 1996 citations up to the end of 2015
  20. 1973 citations up to the end of 2015
  21. 1962 citations up to the end of 2015
  22. 1626 citations up to the end of 2015
  23. 1606 citations up to the end of 2015
  24. 1581 citations up to the end of 2015
  25. 1575 citations up to the end of 2015
  26. 1554 citations up to the end of 2015
  27. 1542 citations up to the end of 2015
  28. 1498 citations up to the end of 2015
  29. 1464 citations up to the end of 2015
  30. 1445 citations up to the end of 2015
  31. 1422 citations up to the end of 2015
  32. 1415 citations up to the end of 2015
  33. 1358 citations up to the end of 2015
  34. 1332 citations up to the end of 2015
  35. 1319 citations up to the end of 2015
  36. 1234 citations up to the end of 2015
  37. 1172 citations up to the end of 2015
  38. 1163 citations 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

  39. 1141 citations up to the end of 2015
  40. 1115 citations up to the end of 2015
    Dielectric branes
    Robert C. Myers (Santa Barbara, KITP & McGill U.). Oct 1999. 32 pp.
    Published in JHEP 9912 (1999) 022
    MCGILL-99-27, NSF-ITP-99-113
    DOI: 10.1088/1126-6708/1999/12/022
    e-Print: hep-th/9910053 | PDF

  41. 1096 citations up to the end of 2015
  42. 1094 citations up to the end of 2015
    A Stress tensor for Anti-de Sitter gravity
    Vijay Balasubramanian (Harvard U. & UC, Santa Barbara), Per Kraus (Chicago U., EFI). Feb 1999. 19 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 208 (1999) 413-428
    HUTP-99-A002, EFI-99-6, NSF-ITP-98-132
    DOI: 10.1007/s002200050764
    e-Print: hep-th/9902121 | PDF

  43. 1085 citations up to the end of 2015
  44. 1079 citations up to the end of 2015
  45. 1071 citations 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

  46. 1063 citations up to the end of 2015
  47. 1057 citations up to the end of 2015
  48. 1052 citations up to the end of 2015
  49. 1048 citations up to the end of 2015
  50. 1038 citations up to the end of 2015
  51. 997 citations up to the end of 2015
  52. 997 citations up to the end of 2015
  53. 983 citations up to the end of 2015
    Hawking radiation as tunneling
    Maulik K. Parikh (Princeton U. & Utrecht U.), Frank Wilczek (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study). Jul 1999. 8 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 85 (2000) 5042-5045
    PUPT-1775, SPIN-1998-12, IASSNS-HEP-98-22, SPIN-1998-12-AND-IASSNS-HEP-98-22
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.85.5042
    e-Print: hep-th/9907001 | PDF

  54. 978 citations up to the end of 2015
  55. 977 citations up to the end of 2015
  56. 970 citations up to the end of 2015
  57. 969 citations up to the end of 2015
  58. 964 citations up to the end of 2015
  59. 932 citations up to the end of 2015
  60. 908 citations up to the end of 2015
  61. 904 citations up to the end of 2015
  62. 898 citations up to the end of 2015
  63. 893 citations up to the end of 2015
  64. 893 citations up to the end of 2015
  65. 892 citations up to the end of 2015
  66. 870 citations up to the end of 2015
    The Anthropic landscape of string theory
    Leonard Susskind (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Feb 2003. 21 pp.
    Published in In *Carr, Bernard (ed.): Universe or multiverse?* 247-266
    e-Print: hep-th/0302219 | PDF

  67. 867 citations up to the end of 2015
  68. 860 citations up to the end of 2015
  69. 854 citations up to the end of 2015
  70. 854 citations up to the end of 2015
  71. 848 citations up to the end of 2015
  72. 848 citations up to the end of 2015
  73. 841 citations up to the end of 2015
  74. 839 citations up to the end of 2015
  75. 834 citations up to the end of 2015
  76. 832 citations up to the end of 2015
  77. 818 citations up to the end of 2015
  78. 814 citations up to the end of 2015
  79. 813 citations up to the end of 2015
  80. 810 citations up to the end of 2015
  81. 804 citations up to the end of 2015
  82. 798 citations up to the end of 2015
  83. 795 citations 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(00)00373-4, 10.1016/S0550-3213(01)00289-9
    e-Print: hep-th/9906070 | PDF

  84. 789 citations up to the end of 2015
  85. 783 citations up to the end of 2015
  86. 783 citations up to the end of 2015
  87. 781 citations up to the end of 2015
    Seiberg-Witten prepotential from instanton counting
    Nikita A. Nekrasov (IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette). Jun 2002. 34 pp.
    Published in Adv.Theor.Math.Phys. 7 (2003) no.5, 831-864
    ITEP-TH-22-02, IHES-P-04-22
    DOI: 10.4310/ATMP.2003.v7.n5.a4
    e-Print: hep-th/0206161 | PDF

  88. 759 citations up to the end of 2015
    DBI in the sky
    Mohsen Alishahiha (IPM, Tehran), Eva Silverstein (SLAC & Stanford U., Phys. Dept.), David Tong (MIT, LNS & SLAC & Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Apr 2004. 31 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev. D70 (2004) 123505
    SLAC-PUB-10406, IPM-P-2004-016, MIT-CTP-3488, SU-ITP-4-15
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.70.123505
    e-Print: hep-th/0404084 | PDF

  89. 754 citations up to the end of 2015
  90. 751 citations up to the end of 2015
  91. 745 citations up to the end of 2015
  92. 741 citations up to the end of 2015
  93. 739 citations up to the end of 2015
  94. 736 citations up to the end of 2015
  95. 735 citations up to the end of 2015
  96. 733 citations up to the end of 2015
  97. 729 citations up to the end of 2015
  98. 729 citations up to the end of 2015
    The Holographic principle
    Raphael Bousso (Santa Barbara, KITP). Mar 2002. 51 pp.
    Published in Rev.Mod.Phys. 74 (2002) 825-874
    NSF-ITP-02-17
    DOI: 10.1103/RevModPhys.74.825
    e-Print: hep-th/0203101 | PDF

  99. 722 citations up to the end of 2015
  100. 720 citations up to the end of 2015
    Branes within branes
    Michael R. Douglas (Rutgers U., Piscataway). Dec 1995. 10 pp.
    Published in In *Cargese 1997, Strings, branes and dualities* 267-275
    RU-95-92
    Prepared for Conference: C97-05-26.4, p.267-275 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9512077 | PDF