Top Cited Articles of All Time (2016 edition) in astro-ph

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

2016 reports for eprints

  1. 9785 citations up to the end of 2016
  2. 9543 citations up to the end of 2016
  3. 8056 citations up to the end of 2016
  4. 7440 citations up to the end of 2016
  5. 6104 citations up to the end of 2016
  6. 5770 citations up to the end of 2016
  7. 5086 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  8. 4857 citations up to the end of 2016
  9. 4406 citations up to the end of 2016
  10. 4162 citations up to the end of 2016
  11. 3839 citations up to the end of 2016
  12. 3807 citations up to the end of 2016
  13. 3712 citations up to the end of 2016
  14. 2937 citations up to the end of 2016
  15. 2924 citations up to the end of 2016
  16. 2665 citations up to the end of 2016
  17. 2603 citations up to the end of 2016
  18. 2581 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  19. 2520 citations up to the end of 2016
  20. 2414 citations up to the end of 2016
  21. 2363 citations up to the end of 2016
  22. 2317 citations up to the end of 2016
  23. 2217 citations up to the end of 2016
  24. 2182 citations up to the end of 2016
  25. 2157 citations up to the end of 2016
  26. 2120 citations up to the end of 2016
  27. 2071 citations up to the end of 2016
  28. 2060 citations up to the end of 2016
  29. 2033 citations up to the end of 2016
  30. 1995 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  31. 1891 citations up to the end of 2016
  32. 1826 citations up to the end of 2016
  33. 1815 citations up to the end of 2016
  34. 1803 citations up to the end of 2016
  35. 1791 citations up to the end of 2016
  36. 1790 citations up to the end of 2016
  37. 1745 citations up to the end of 2016
  38. 1725 citations up to the end of 2016
  39. 1714 citations up to the end of 2016
  40. 1712 citations up to the end of 2016
  41. 1694 citations up to the end of 2016
  42. 1689 citations up to the end of 2016
  43. 1688 citations up to the end of 2016
  44. 1677 citations up to the end of 2016
    The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission
    Swift Science Collaboration (N. Gehrels et al.). May 2004. 38 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 611 (2004) 1005-1020, Erratum: Astrophys.J. 621 (2005) 558
    DOI: 10.1086/422091, 10.1086/427409
    e-Print: astro-ph/0405233 | PDF

  45. 1660 citations up to the end of 2016
  46. 1655 citations up to the end of 2016
  47. 1655 citations up to the end of 2016
  48. 1605 citations up to the end of 2016
  49. 1594 citations up to the end of 2016
  50. 1591 citations up to the end of 2016
  51. 1587 citations up to the end of 2016
  52. 1563 citations up to the end of 2016
  53. 1562 citations up to the end of 2016
  54. 1519 citations up to the end of 2016
  55. 1483 citations up to the end of 2016
  56. 1482 citations up to the end of 2016
  57. 1474 citations up to the end of 2016
  58. 1421 citations up to the end of 2016
  59. 1414 citations up to the end of 2016
  60. 1411 citations up to the end of 2016
  61. 1377 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  62. 1367 citations up to the end of 2016
  63. 1365 citations up to the end of 2016
  64. 1329 citations up to the end of 2016
  65. 1312 citations up to the end of 2016
  66. 1307 citations up to the end of 2016
  67. 1290 citations up to the end of 2016
  68. 1278 citations up to the end of 2016
  69. 1274 citations up to the end of 2016
  70. 1262 citations up to the end of 2016
  71. 1256 citations up to the end of 2016
  72. 1232 citations up to the end of 2016
  73. 1231 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  74. 1212 citations up to the end of 2016
  75. 1206 citations up to the end of 2016
  76. 1201 citations up to the end of 2016
  77. 1195 citations up to the end of 2016
  78. 1177 citations up to the end of 2016
  79. 1176 citations up to the end of 2016
  80. 1175 citations up to the end of 2016
  81. 1170 citations up to the end of 2016
  82. 1169 citations up to the end of 2016
  83. 1169 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  84. 1163 citations up to the end of 2016
  85. 1161 citations up to the end of 2016
  86. 1146 citations up to the end of 2016
  87. 1145 citations up to the end of 2016
  88. 1125 citations up to the end of 2016
  89. 1121 citations up to the end of 2016
  90. 1106 citations up to the end of 2016
  91. 1099 citations up to the end of 2016
  92. 1097 citations up to the end of 2016
  93. 1087 citations up to the end of 2016
  94. 1077 citations up to the end of 2016
  95. 1076 citations up to the end of 2016
  96. 1070 citations up to the end of 2016
  97. 1069 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  98. 1069 citations up to the end of 2016
  99. 1065 citations up to the end of 2016
  100. 1063 citations up to the end of 2016