Top Cited Articles of All Time (2017 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2017 edition)

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 2018-01-08. 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 2017 editions

64445 core citations up to the end of 2017PDG RPP has been unified. The most recent is shown.
Review of Particle Physics
Particle Data Group (C. Patrignani (Bologna U. & INFN, Bologna) et al.). 2016. 1808 pp.
Published in Chin.Phys. C40 (2016) no.10, 100001
DOI: 10.1088/1674-1137/40/10/100001

  1. 12968 core citations up to the end of 2017
  2. 9674 core citations up to the end of 2017
  3. 9098 core citations up to the end of 2017
  4. 8571 core citations up to the end of 2017
  5. 8517 core citations up to the end of 2017
  6. 7902 core citations up to the end of 2017
  7. 7743 core citations up to the end of 2017
  8. 7496 core citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  9. 7417 core citations up to the end of 2017
  10. 7342 core citations up to the end of 2017
  11. 6632 core citations up to the end of 2017
  12. 6550 core citations up to the end of 2017
  13. 6300 core citations up to the end of 2017
  14. 5983 core citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  15. 5972 core citations up to the end of 2017
  16. 5903 core citations up to the end of 2017
  17. 5896 core citations up to the end of 2017
  18. 5808 core citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  19. 5722 core citations up to the end of 2017
  20. 5369 core citations up to the end of 2017
  21. 5067 core citations up to the end of 2017
  22. 4913 core citations up to the end of 2017
    Evidence for oscillation of atmospheric neutrinos
    Super-Kamiokande Collaboration (Y. Fukuda (Tokyo U., ICRR) et al.). Jul 1998. 9 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 81 (1998) 1562-1567
    BU-98-17, ICRR-REPORT-422-98-18, UCI-98-8, KEK-PREPRINT-98-95, LSU-HEPA-5-98, UMD-98-003, SBHEP-98-5, TKU-PAP-98-06, TIT-HPE-98-09
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.81.1562
    e-Print: hep-ex/9807003 | PDF

  23. 4890 core citations up to the end of 2017
  24. 4871 core citations up to the end of 2017
  25. 4851 core citations up to the end of 2017
  26. 4821 core citations up to the end of 2017
  27. 4781 core citations up to the end of 2017
  28. 4614 core citations up to the end of 2017
  29. 4585 core citations up to the end of 2017
  30. 4574 core citations up to the end of 2017
  31. 4436 core citations up to the end of 2017
  32. 4367 core citations up to the end of 2017
  33. 4261 core citations up to the end of 2017
  34. 4245 core citations up to the end of 2017
  35. 4239 core citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  36. 4212 core citations up to the end of 2017
  37. 4183 core citations up to the end of 2017
  38. 4143 core citations up to the end of 2017
  39. 4053 core citations up to the end of 2017