Top Cited Articles of All Time (1996 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (1996 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 2014-01-05. 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 1996 editions

10372 core citations up to the end of 1996PDG RPP has been unified. The most recent is shown.
Review of Particle Physics (RPP)
Particle Data Group Collaboration (J. Beringer (LBL, Berkeley) et al.). 2012. 1528 pp.
Published in Phys.Rev. D86 (2012) 010001
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.86.010001

  1. 4884 core citations up to the end of 1996
  2. 2853 core citations up to the end of 1996
  3. 2772 core citations up to the end of 1996
  4. 2437 core citations up to the end of 1996
  5. 2155 core citations up to the end of 1996
  6. 2105 core citations up to the end of 1996
  7. 1962 core citations up to the end of 1996
  8. 1854 core citations up to the end of 1996
  9. 1809 core citations up to the end of 1996
  10. 1732 core citations up to the end of 1996
  11. 1703 core citations up to the end of 1996
  12. 1676 core citations up to the end of 1996
  13. 1669 core citations up to the end of 1996
  14. 1598 core citations up to the end of 1996
  15. 1579 core citations up to the end of 1996
  16. 1564 core citations up to the end of 1996
    Super Collider Physics
    E. Eichten (Fermilab), I. Hinchliffe (LBL, Berkeley), Kenneth D. Lane (Ohio State U.), C. Quigg (Fermilab). Feb 1984. 550 pp.
    Published in Rev.Mod.Phys. 56 (1984) 579-707, Addendum-ibid. 58 (1986) 1065-1073
    FERMILAB-PUB-84-017-T, LBL-16875, DOE-ER-01545-345
    DOI: 10.1103/RevModPhys.56.579

  17. 1523 core citations up to the end of 1996
    Quantum Geometry of Bosonic Strings
    Alexander M. Polyakov (Landau Inst.). Jun 1981. 10 pp.
    Published in Phys.Lett. B103 (1981) 207-210
    Print-81-0351 (LANDAU INST)
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-2693(81)90743-7

  18. 1522 core citations up to the end of 1996
  19. 1516 core citations up to the end of 1996
  20. 1514 core citations up to the end of 1996
  21. 1509 core citations up to the end of 1996
  22. 1464 core citations up to the end of 1996
  23. 1450 core citations up to the end of 1996
  24. 1434 core citations up to the end of 1996
  25. 1383 core citations up to the end of 1996
  26. 1353 core citations up to the end of 1996
  27. 1333 core citations up to the end of 1996
  28. 1315 core citations up to the end of 1996
  29. 1311 core citations up to the end of 1996
  30. 1264 core citations up to the end of 1996
  31. 1255 core citations up to the end of 1996
  32. 1234 core citations up to the end of 1996
    Magnetic Monopoles in Unified Gauge Theories
    Gerard 't Hooft (CERN). May 1974. 13 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B79 (1974) 276-284
    CERN-TH-1876
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(74)90486-6

  33. 1229 core citations up to the end of 1996
  34. 1223 core citations up to the end of 1996
  35. 1223 core citations up to the end of 1996
    Quark Masses
    J. Gasser, H. Leutwyler (Bern U.). Mar 1982. 189 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rept. 87 (1982) 77-169
    BUTP-6-1982-BERN
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-1573(82)90035-7

  36. 1214 core citations up to the end of 1996
    Global Aspects of Current Algebra
    Edward Witten (Princeton U.). Mar 1983. 18 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B223 (1983) 422-432
    PRINT-83-0262 (PRINCETON)
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(83)90063-9

  37. 1212 core citations up to the end of 1996
  38. 1176 core citations up to the end of 1996
  39. 1165 core citations up to the end of 1996