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 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.

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2016 reports for eprints

  1. 8991 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
    e-Print: hep-th/9711200 | PDF

  2. 6164 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  3. 5491 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  4. 2832 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  5. 2791 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  6. 2605 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. 2276 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  9. 2051 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  10. 1838 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    Particle Creation by Black Holes
    S.W. Hawking (Cambridge U.). Aug 1975. 22 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 43 (1975) 199-220, Erratum: Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  11. 1824 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  12. 1802 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  13. 1719 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  14. 1630 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  15. 1624 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  16. 1574 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  17. 1514 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  18. 1409 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  19. 1388 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  20. 1348 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. 1294 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: 10.1016/0003-4916(82)90164-6, 10.1006/aphy.2000.6013

  23. 1274 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  24. 1257 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  25. 1250 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  26. 1246 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  27. 1211 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  28. 1210 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  29. 1201 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  30. 1179 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  31. 1170 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  32. 1131 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  33. 1126 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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

  34. 1108 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  35. 1095 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  36. 1066 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  37. 1010 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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

  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. 970 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  40. 965 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  41. 957 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  42. 956 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 Salamfest 1993:0284-296
    THU-93-26
    e-Print: gr-qc/9310026 | PDF

  43. 947 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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

  44. 939 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  45. 937 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  46. 932 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  47. 929 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  48. 914 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. 898 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  51. 891 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  52. 891 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  53. 882 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. 879 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  55. 871 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  56. 870 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. 865 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  58. 861 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  59. 839 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. 103B (1981) 207-210
    Print-81-0351 (LANDAU INST)
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-2693(81)90743-7

  60. 834 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  61. 831 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  62. 819 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

  63. 816 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  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. 806 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. 788 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  68. 786 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  69. 773 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. 758 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  72. 756 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  73. 754 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  74. 752 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    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

  75. 739 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  76. 738 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. 719 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  79. 718 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  80. 716 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  81. 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(00)00373-4, 10.1016/S0550-3213(01)00289-9
    e-Print: hep-th/9906070 | PDF

  82. 710 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    Stability in Gauged Extended Supergravity
    Peter Breitenlohner, Daniel Z. Freedman (MIT). Jul 1982. 55 pp.
    Published in Annals Phys. 144 (1982) 249
    Print-82-0500 (MIT)
    DOI: 10.1016/0003-4916(82)90116-6

  83. 710 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  84. 701 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  85. 700 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  86. 698 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    Black Holes in Higher Dimensional Space-Times
    Robert C. Myers, M.J. Perry (Princeton U.). Jan 1986. 56 pp.
    Published in Annals Phys. 172 (1986) 304
    PRINT-86-0067 (PRINCETON)
    DOI: 10.1016/0003-4916(86)90186-7

  87. 697 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  88. 693 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  89. 690 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    The Cosmological Constant Problem
    Steven Weinberg (Texas U.). May 1988. 82 pp.
    Published in Rev.Mod.Phys. 61 (1989) 1-23
    UTTG-12-88
    DOI: 10.1103/RevModPhys.61.1

  90. 690 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  91. 687 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. 679 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
    Black hole entropy is the Noether charge
    Robert M. Wald (Chicago U., EFI & Chicago U.). Aug 5, 1993. 16 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev. D48 (1993) no.8, R3427-R3431
    EFI-93-42
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.48.R3427
    e-Print: gr-qc/9307038 | PDF

  93. 675 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. 672 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  96. 670 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  97. 669 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  98. 668 citations by hep-th eprints up to the end of 2016
  99. 667 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 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

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