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 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. 12694 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, 10.4310/ATMP.1998.v2.n2.a1
    e-Print: hep-th/9711200 | PDF

  2. 8323 citations up to the end of 2016
  3. 7178 citations up to the end of 2016
  4. 5944 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. 4047 citations up to the end of 2016
  6. 3768 citations up to the end of 2016
  7. 3171 citations up to the end of 2016
  8. 2908 citations up to the end of 2016
  9. 2621 citations up to the end of 2016
  10. 2547 citations up to the end of 2016
  11. 2458 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. 2451 citations up to the end of 2016
  13. 2402 citations up to the end of 2016
  14. 2394 citations up to the end of 2016
  15. 2297 citations up to the end of 2016
  16. 2277 citations up to the end of 2016
  17. 2237 citations up to the end of 2016
  18. 2144 citations up to the end of 2016
  19. 2143 citations up to the end of 2016
  20. 2142 citations up to the end of 2016
  21. 2111 citations up to the end of 2016
  22. 1901 citations up to the end of 2016
    Cosmology and the Fate of Dilatation Symmetry
    C. Wetterich (DESY). Sep 29, 1987. 29 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B302 (1988) 668-696
    PRINT-87-0756, DESY-87-123
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(88)90193-9
    e-Print: arXiv:1711.03844 [hep-th] | PDF

  23. 1807 citations up to the end of 2016
  24. 1652 citations up to the end of 2016
  25. 1643 citations up to the end of 2016
  26. 1639 citations up to the end of 2016
  27. 1636 citations up to the end of 2016
  28. 1630 citations up to the end of 2016
  29. 1616 citations up to the end of 2016
  30. 1594 citations up to the end of 2016
  31. 1580 citations up to the end of 2016
  32. 1533 citations up to the end of 2016
  33. 1478 citations up to the end of 2016
  34. 1439 citations up to the end of 2016
  35. 1414 citations up to the end of 2016
  36. 1410 citations up to the end of 2016
  37. 1403 citations up to the end of 2016
  38. 1227 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

  39. 1214 citations up to the end of 2016
  40. 1198 citations up to the end of 2016
  41. 1197 citations up to the end of 2016
  42. 1187 citations up to the end of 2016
  43. 1183 citations up to the end of 2016
  44. 1179 citations up to the end of 2016
  45. 1168 citations up to the end of 2016
  46. 1166 citations up to the end of 2016
  47. 1155 citations up to the end of 2016
  48. 1143 citations up to the end of 2016
  49. 1137 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

  50. 1105 citations up to the end of 2016
  51. 1094 citations up to the end of 2016
  52. 1086 citations up to the end of 2016
  53. 1080 citations up to the end of 2016
  54. 1076 citations up to the end of 2016
  55. 1068 citations 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

  56. 1068 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

  57. 1056 citations up to the end of 2016
  58. 1043 citations up to the end of 2016
  59. 1017 citations up to the end of 2016
  60. 1015 citations up to the end of 2016
  61. 1003 citations up to the end of 2016
  62. 1002 citations up to the end of 2016
  63. 979 citations up to the end of 2016
  64. 978 citations up to the end of 2016
  65. 977 citations up to the end of 2016
  66. 970 citations up to the end of 2016
  67. 964 citations up to the end of 2016
  68. 961 citations up to the end of 2016
  69. 957 citations up to the end of 2016
  70. 940 citations up to the end of 2016
  71. 932 citations up to the end of 2016
  72. 928 citations up to the end of 2016
  73. 927 citations up to the end of 2016
  74. 921 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

  75. 910 citations up to the end of 2016
  76. 905 citations up to the end of 2016
  77. 902 citations up to the end of 2016
  78. 896 citations up to the end of 2016
  79. 896 citations up to the end of 2016
  80. 891 citations up to the end of 2016
  81. 882 citations up to the end of 2016
  82. 879 citations up to the end of 2016
  83. 876 citations up to the end of 2016
  84. 861 citations up to the end of 2016
  85. 856 citations up to the end of 2016
  86. 855 citations up to the end of 2016
  87. 854 citations up to the end of 2016
  88. 847 citations up to the end of 2016
  89. 847 citations up to the end of 2016
  90. 842 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(01)00289-9, 10.1016/S0550-3213(00)00373-4
    e-Print: hep-th/9906070 | PDF

  91. 841 citations up to the end of 2016
  92. 825 citations up to the end of 2016
  93. 821 citations up to the end of 2016
  94. 819 citations up to the end of 2016
  95. 813 citations up to the end of 2016
  96. 805 citations up to the end of 2016
  97. 799 citations up to the end of 2016
  98. 797 citations up to the end of 2016
  99. 796 citations up to the end of 2016
  100. 795 citations up to the end of 2016