Top Cited Articles of All Time (2017 edition) in hep-th

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2017 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 2018-01-08. 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

2017 reports for eprints

  1. 13332 citations up to the end of 2017
  2. 8731 citations up to the end of 2017
  3. 7494 citations up to the end of 2017
  4. 6089 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

  5. 4185 citations up to the end of 2017
  6. 3879 citations up to the end of 2017
  7. 3406 citations up to the end of 2017
  8. 2968 citations up to the end of 2017
  9. 2649 citations up to the end of 2017
  10. 2645 citations up to the end of 2017
  11. 2607 citations up to the end of 2017
    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. 2496 citations up to the end of 2017
  13. 2480 citations up to the end of 2017
  14. 2469 citations up to the end of 2017
  15. 2415 citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  16. 2359 citations up to the end of 2017
  17. 2273 citations up to the end of 2017
  18. 2267 citations up to the end of 2017
  19. 2247 citations up to the end of 2017
  20. 2166 citations up to the end of 2017
  21. 2160 citations up to the end of 2017
  22. 1969 citations up to the end of 2017
    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. 1930 citations up to the end of 2017
  24. 1751 citations up to the end of 2017
  25. 1697 citations up to the end of 2017
  26. 1684 citations up to the end of 2017
  27. 1675 citations up to the end of 2017
  28. 1667 citations up to the end of 2017
  29. 1662 citations up to the end of 2017
  30. 1652 citations up to the end of 2017
  31. 1635 citations up to the end of 2017
    Out of this world supersymmetry breaking
    Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.). Oct 1998. 42 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B557 (1999) 79-118
    MIT-CTP-2788, PUPT-1815, BUHEP-98-26
    DOI: 10.1016/S0550-3213(99)00359-4
    e-Print: hep-th/9810155 | PDF

  32. 1549 citations up to the end of 2017
  33. 1547 citations up to the end of 2017
  34. 1502 citations up to the end of 2017
  35. 1488 citations up to the end of 2017
  36. 1441 citations up to the end of 2017
  37. 1435 citations up to the end of 2017
  38. 1425 citations up to the end of 2017
  39. 1286 citations up to the end of 2017
  40. 1272 citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  41. 1261 citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  42. 1258 citations up to the end of 2017
  43. 1218 citations up to the end of 2017
  44. 1215 citations up to the end of 2017
  45. 1209 citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  46. 1188 citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  47. 1186 citations up to the end of 2017
  48. 1176 citations up to the end of 2017
  49. 1164 citations up to the end of 2017
  50. 1162 citations up to the end of 2017
  51. 1151 citations up to the end of 2017
  52. 1138 citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  53. 1126 citations up to the end of 2017
  54. 1119 citations up to the end of 2017
  55. 1119 citations up to the end of 2017
  56. 1111 citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  57. 1099 citations up to the end of 2017
  58. 1097 citations up to the end of 2017
  59. 1067 citations up to the end of 2017
  60. 1063 citations up to the end of 2017
  61. 1058 citations up to the end of 2017
  62. 1039 citations up to the end of 2017
  63. 1030 citations up to the end of 2017
  64. 1026 citations up to the end of 2017
  65. 1023 citations up to the end of 2017
  66. 1016 citations up to the end of 2017
  67. 1008 citations up to the end of 2017
  68. 998 citations up to the end of 2017
  69. 997 citations up to the end of 2017
  70. 994 citations up to the end of 2017
  71. 986 citations up to the end of 2017
  72. 980 citations up to the end of 2017
  73. 977 citations up to the end of 2017
  74. 975 citations up to the end of 2017
  75. 961 citations up to the end of 2017
  76. 958 citations up to the end of 2017
  77. 952 citations up to the end of 2017
  78. 942 citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  79. 934 citations up to the end of 2017
  80. 923 citations up to the end of 2017
  81. 918 citations up to the end of 2017
  82. 917 citations up to the end of 2017
  83. 914 citations up to the end of 2017
  84. 912 citations up to the end of 2017
  85. 912 citations up to the end of 2017
  86. 907 citations up to the end of 2017
  87. 891 citations up to the end of 2017
  88. 884 citations up to the end of 2017
  89. 879 citations up to the end of 2017
  90. 878 citations up to the end of 2017
  91. 878 citations up to the end of 2017
  92. 876 citations up to the end of 2017
  93. 873 citations up to the end of 2017
  94. 868 citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  95. 852 citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  96. 844 citations up to the end of 2017
  97. 837 citations up to the end of 2017
  98. 836 citations up to the end of 2017
  99. 834 citations up to the end of 2017
  100. 830 citations up to the end of 2017
    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