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

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2016 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 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. 12411 citations 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. 8154 citations up to the end of 2016
  3. 7040 citations up to the end of 2016
  4. 5838 citations 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

  5. 3930 citations up to the end of 2016
  6. 3722 citations up to the end of 2016
  7. 3102 citations up to the end of 2016
  8. 2852 citations up to the end of 2016
  9. 2564 citations up to the end of 2016
  10. 2492 citations up to the end of 2016
  11. 2416 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  12. 2386 citations up to the end of 2016
  13. 2358 citations up to the end of 2016
  14. 2354 citations up to the end of 2016
  15. 2222 citations up to the end of 2016
  16. 2215 citations 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

  17. 2208 citations up to the end of 2016
  18. 2118 citations up to the end of 2016
  19. 2099 citations up to the end of 2016
  20. 2087 citations up to the end of 2016
  21. 2073 citations up to the end of 2016
  22. 1765 citations up to the end of 2016
  23. 1631 citations up to the end of 2016
  24. 1621 citations up to the end of 2016
  25. 1610 citations up to the end of 2016
  26. 1607 citations up to the end of 2016
  27. 1606 citations up to the end of 2016
  28. 1584 citations up to the end of 2016
  29. 1553 citations up to the end of 2016
  30. 1534 citations up to the end of 2016
  31. 1497 citations up to the end of 2016
  32. 1450 citations up to the end of 2016
  33. 1413 citations up to the end of 2016
  34. 1392 citations up to the end of 2016
  35. 1381 citations up to the end of 2016
  36. 1373 citations up to the end of 2016
  37. 1213 citations 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

  38. 1194 citations up to the end of 2016
  39. 1182 citations 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

  40. 1172 citations up to the end of 2016
  41. 1163 citations up to the end of 2016
  42. 1163 citations 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

  43. 1150 citations up to the end of 2016
  44. 1140 citations up to the end of 2016
  45. 1140 citations up to the end of 2016
  46. 1135 citations up to the end of 2016
  47. 1120 citations 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

  48. 1119 citations up to the end of 2016
  49. 1078 citations up to the end of 2016
  50. 1071 citations up to the end of 2016
  51. 1069 citations up to the end of 2016
  52. 1052 citations up to the end of 2016
  53. 1047 citations up to the end of 2016
  54. 1044 citations up to the end of 2016
  55. 1044 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  56. 1023 citations up to the end of 2016
  57. 1003 citations up to the end of 2016
  58. 991 citations up to the end of 2016
  59. 990 citations up to the end of 2016
  60. 988 citations up to the end of 2016
  61. 957 citations up to the end of 2016
  62. 956 citations up to the end of 2016
  63. 955 citations up to the end of 2016
  64. 950 citations up to the end of 2016
  65. 947 citations up to the end of 2016
  66. 941 citations up to the end of 2016
  67. 935 citations up to the end of 2016
  68. 923 citations up to the end of 2016
  69. 922 citations up to the end of 2016
  70. 913 citations up to the end of 2016
  71. 903 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  72. 903 citations up to the end of 2016
  73. 882 citations up to the end of 2016
  74. 881 citations up to the end of 2016
  75. 881 citations up to the end of 2016
  76. 878 citations up to the end of 2016
  77. 873 citations up to the end of 2016
  78. 869 citations 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

  79. 868 citations up to the end of 2016
  80. 865 citations up to the end of 2016
  81. 849 citations up to the end of 2016
  82. 846 citations up to the end of 2016
  83. 843 citations up to the end of 2016
  84. 836 citations up to the end of 2016
  85. 833 citations up to the end of 2016
  86. 832 citations 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

  87. 831 citations up to the end of 2016
  88. 830 citations up to the end of 2016
  89. 826 citations up to the end of 2016
  90. 809 citations up to the end of 2016
  91. 804 citations up to the end of 2016
  92. 798 citations up to the end of 2016
    Entropy and area
    Mark Srednicki (UC, Berkeley, CfPA & LBL, Berkeley). Mar 1993. 8 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 71 (1993) 666-669
    LBL-33754, CFPA-93-02
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.71.666
    e-Print: hep-th/9303048 | PDF

  93. 797 citations up to the end of 2016
  94. 796 citations up to the end of 2016
    DBI in the sky
    Mohsen Alishahiha (IPM, Tehran), Eva Silverstein (SLAC & Stanford U., Phys. Dept.), David Tong (MIT, LNS & SLAC & Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Apr 2004. 31 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev. D70 (2004) 123505
    SLAC-PUB-10406, IPM-P-2004-016, MIT-CTP-3488, SU-ITP-4-15
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.70.123505
    e-Print: hep-th/0404084 | PDF

  95. 783 citations up to the end of 2016
  96. 774 citations up to the end of 2016
  97. 774 citations up to the end of 2016
  98. 772 citations up to the end of 2016
  99. 769 citations up to the end of 2016
    The Holographic principle
    Raphael Bousso (Santa Barbara, KITP). Mar 2002. 51 pp.
    Published in Rev.Mod.Phys. 74 (2002) 825-874
    NSF-ITP-02-17
    DOI: 10.1103/RevModPhys.74.825
    e-Print: hep-th/0203101 | PDF

  100. 768 citations up to the end of 2016