Top Cited Articles of All Time (2016 edition) by hep-th

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2016 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 2016 editions

2016 reports for eprints

  1. 9008 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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. 6172 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  3. 5495 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  4. 2836 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  5. 2797 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  6. 2606 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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. 2514 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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. 2275 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  9. 2058 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  10. 1843 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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

  11. 1825 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  12. 1803 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  13. 1718 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  14. 1631 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  15. 1625 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  16. 1575 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  17. 1517 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  18. 1410 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  19. 1392 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  20. 1352 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  21. 1328 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  22. 1298 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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

  23. 1276 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  24. 1262 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  25. 1252 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  26. 1247 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  27. 1215 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  28. 1214 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  29. 1202 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  30. 1178 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  31. 1175 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  32. 1132 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  33. 1129 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  34. 1111 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  35. 1096 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  36. 1068 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  37. 1011 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  38. 976 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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

  39. 971 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  40. 967 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  41. 958 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  42. 954 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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. 945 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  44. 944 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  45. 939 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  46. 933 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  47. 930 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  48. 915 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  49. 900 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  50. 900 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  51. 892 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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

  52. 889 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  53. 883 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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

  54. 881 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  55. 875 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  56. 873 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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

  57. 866 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  58. 862 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  59. 842 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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

  60. 837 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  61. 832 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  62. 821 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  63. 820 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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

  64. 810 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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.)

  65. 809 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  66. 803 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  67. 791 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  68. 787 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  69. 776 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  70. 769 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  71. 762 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  72. 759 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  73. 759 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  74. 758 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  75. 740 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  76. 739 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  77. 721 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  78. 721 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  79. 720 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  80. 719 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  81. 714 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  82. 714 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  83. 713 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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

  84. 702 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  85. 701 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  86. 699 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  87. 696 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  88. 696 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  89. 691 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  90. 690 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  91. 688 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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. 683 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  93. 678 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  94. 675 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  95. 674 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  96. 672 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  97. 670 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  98. 669 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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

  99. 669 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  100. 663 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016