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 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. 11820 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, 10.4310/ATMP.1998.v2.n2.a1
    e-Print: hep-th/9711200 | PDF

  2. 7795 citations up to the end of 2015
  3. 6751 citations up to the end of 2015
  4. 5732 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. 3835 citations up to the end of 2015
  6. 3650 citations up to the end of 2015
  7. 2877 citations up to the end of 2015
  8. 2809 citations up to the end of 2015
  9. 2554 citations up to the end of 2015
  10. 2388 citations up to the end of 2015
  11. 2384 citations up to the end of 2015
  12. 2298 citations up to the end of 2015
  13. 2268 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. 2245 citations up to the end of 2015
  15. 2206 citations up to the end of 2015
  16. 2160 citations up to the end of 2015
  17. 2128 citations up to the end of 2015
  18. 2083 citations up to the end of 2015
  19. 2027 citations up to the end of 2015
  20. 1986 citations up to the end of 2015
  21. 1986 citations up to the end of 2015
  22. 1813 citations up to the end of 2015
    Cosmology and the Fate of Dilatation Symmetry
    C. Wetterich (DESY). Sep 29, 1987. 29 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B302 (1988) 668-696
    PRINT-87-0756, DESY-87-123
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(88)90193-9
    e-Print: arXiv:1711.03844 [hep-th] | PDF

  23. 1655 citations up to the end of 2015
  24. 1623 citations up to the end of 2015
  25. 1604 citations up to the end of 2015
  26. 1601 citations up to the end of 2015
  27. 1567 citations up to the end of 2015
  28. 1564 citations up to the end of 2015
  29. 1528 citations up to the end of 2015
  30. 1476 citations up to the end of 2015
  31. 1475 citations up to the end of 2015
  32. 1451 citations up to the end of 2015
  33. 1447 citations up to the end of 2015
  34. 1373 citations up to the end of 2015
  35. 1350 citations up to the end of 2015
  36. 1333 citations up to the end of 2015
  37. 1259 citations up to the end of 2015
  38. 1192 citations up to the end of 2015
  39. 1173 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

  40. 1157 citations up to the end of 2015
  41. 1129 citations up to the end of 2015
  42. 1109 citations up to the end of 2015
  43. 1109 citations up to the end of 2015
  44. 1101 citations up to the end of 2015
  45. 1095 citations up to the end of 2015
  46. 1085 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

  47. 1085 citations up to the end of 2015
  48. 1071 citations up to the end of 2015
  49. 1068 citations up to the end of 2015
  50. 1065 citations up to the end of 2015
  51. 1058 citations up to the end of 2015
  52. 1025 citations up to the end of 2015
  53. 1015 citations 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

  54. 1003 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

  55. 989 citations up to the end of 2015
  56. 989 citations up to the end of 2015
  57. 986 citations up to the end of 2015
  58. 983 citations up to the end of 2015
  59. 981 citations up to the end of 2015
  60. 943 citations up to the end of 2015
  61. 940 citations up to the end of 2015
  62. 918 citations up to the end of 2015
  63. 915 citations up to the end of 2015
  64. 913 citations up to the end of 2015
  65. 911 citations up to the end of 2015
  66. 911 citations up to the end of 2015
  67. 911 citations up to the end of 2015
  68. 890 citations up to the end of 2015
  69. 889 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

  70. 878 citations up to the end of 2015
  71. 869 citations up to the end of 2015
  72. 867 citations up to the end of 2015
  73. 863 citations up to the end of 2015
  74. 861 citations up to the end of 2015
  75. 852 citations up to the end of 2015
  76. 851 citations up to the end of 2015
  77. 851 citations up to the end of 2015
  78. 845 citations up to the end of 2015
  79. 834 citations up to the end of 2015
  80. 826 citations up to the end of 2015
  81. 821 citations up to the end of 2015
  82. 818 citations up to the end of 2015
  83. 814 citations up to the end of 2015
  84. 813 citations up to the end of 2015
  85. 810 citations up to the end of 2015
  86. 808 citations up to the end of 2015
  87. 804 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(01)00289-9, 10.1016/S0550-3213(00)00373-4
    e-Print: hep-th/9906070 | PDF

  88. 796 citations up to the end of 2015
  89. 795 citations up to the end of 2015
  90. 769 citations up to the end of 2015
  91. 768 citations up to the end of 2015
  92. 764 citations up to the end of 2015
  93. 762 citations up to the end of 2015
  94. 756 citations up to the end of 2015
  95. 754 citations up to the end of 2015
  96. 754 citations up to the end of 2015
  97. 752 citations up to the end of 2015
  98. 747 citations up to the end of 2015
  99. 744 citations up to the end of 2015
  100. 741 citations up to the end of 2015