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 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. 10014 citations up to the end of 2016
  2. 9799 citations up to the end of 2016
  3. 8199 citations up to the end of 2016
  4. 7470 citations up to the end of 2016
  5. 6189 citations up to the end of 2016
  6. 5899 citations up to the end of 2016
  7. 5274 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. 4927 citations up to the end of 2016
  9. 4487 citations up to the end of 2016
  10. 4196 citations up to the end of 2016
  11. 3892 citations up to the end of 2016
  12. 3857 citations up to the end of 2016
  13. 3786 citations up to the end of 2016
  14. 2980 citations up to the end of 2016
  15. 2978 citations up to the end of 2016
  16. 2866 citations up to the end of 2016
  17. 2673 citations up to the end of 2016
  18. 2599 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. 2584 citations up to the end of 2016
  20. 2450 citations up to the end of 2016
  21. 2406 citations up to the end of 2016
  22. 2404 citations up to the end of 2016
  23. 2247 citations up to the end of 2016
  24. 2223 citations up to the end of 2016
  25. 2176 citations up to the end of 2016
  26. 2164 citations up to the end of 2016
  27. 2097 citations up to the end of 2016
  28. 2077 citations up to the end of 2016
  29. 2046 citations up to the end of 2016
  30. 2009 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. 1937 citations up to the end of 2016
  32. 1867 citations up to the end of 2016
  33. 1826 citations up to the end of 2016
  34. 1825 citations up to the end of 2016
  35. 1817 citations up to the end of 2016
  36. 1808 citations up to the end of 2016
  37. 1801 citations up to the end of 2016
  38. 1782 citations up to the end of 2016
  39. 1743 citations up to the end of 2016
  40. 1739 citations up to the end of 2016
  41. 1725 citations up to the end of 2016
  42. 1721 citations up to the end of 2016
  43. 1720 citations up to the end of 2016
  44. 1703 citations up to the end of 2016
  45. 1703 citations up to the end of 2016
  46. 1693 citations up to the end of 2016
    The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission
    Swift Science Collaboration (N. Gehrels (NASA, Goddard) et al.). May 2004. 38 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 611 (2004) 1005-1020, Erratum: Astrophys.J. 621 (2005) 558
    DOI: 10.1086/427409, 10.1086/422091
    e-Print: astro-ph/0405233 | PDF

  47. 1686 citations up to the end of 2016
  48. 1654 citations up to the end of 2016
  49. 1611 citations up to the end of 2016
  50. 1605 citations up to the end of 2016
  51. 1605 citations up to the end of 2016
  52. 1597 citations up to the end of 2016
  53. 1572 citations up to the end of 2016
  54. 1546 citations up to the end of 2016
  55. 1514 citations up to the end of 2016
  56. 1489 citations up to the end of 2016
  57. 1485 citations up to the end of 2016
  58. 1479 citations up to the end of 2016
  59. 1438 citations up to the end of 2016
  60. 1415 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

  61. 1412 citations up to the end of 2016
  62. 1388 citations up to the end of 2016
  63. 1388 citations up to the end of 2016
  64. 1385 citations up to the end of 2016
  65. 1364 citations up to the end of 2016
  66. 1349 citations up to the end of 2016
  67. 1336 citations up to the end of 2016
  68. 1317 citations up to the end of 2016
  69. 1293 citations up to the end of 2016
  70. 1284 citations up to the end of 2016
  71. 1278 citations up to the end of 2016
  72. 1272 citations up to the end of 2016
  73. 1244 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. 1229 citations up to the end of 2016
  75. 1221 citations up to the end of 2016
  76. 1218 citations up to the end of 2016
  77. 1218 citations up to the end of 2016
  78. 1215 citations up to the end of 2016
  79. 1193 citations up to the end of 2016
  80. 1184 citations up to the end of 2016
  81. 1183 citations up to the end of 2016
  82. 1179 citations up to the end of 2016
  83. 1175 citations up to the end of 2016
  84. 1175 citations up to the end of 2016
  85. 1175 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

  86. 1169 citations up to the end of 2016
  87. 1146 citations up to the end of 2016
  88. 1140 citations up to the end of 2016
  89. 1140 citations up to the end of 2016
  90. 1128 citations up to the end of 2016
  91. 1125 citations up to the end of 2016
  92. 1119 citations up to the end of 2016
  93. 1107 citations up to the end of 2016
  94. 1105 citations up to the end of 2016
  95. 1102 citations up to the end of 2016
  96. 1102 citations up to the end of 2016
  97. 1099 citations up to the end of 2016
    Planck 2013 results. I. Overview of products and scientific results
    Planck Collaboration (P.A.R. Ade (Cardiff U.) et al.). Mar 20, 2013. 48 pp.
    Published in Astron.Astrophys. 571 (2014) A1
    CERN-PH-TH-2013-115
    DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201321529
    e-Print: arXiv:1303.5062 [astro-ph.CO] | PDF

  98. 1091 citations up to the end of 2016
  99. 1089 citations up to the end of 2016
  100. 1084 citations up to the end of 2016