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 2016-01-04. 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

10518 core citations up to the end of 1996PDG RPP has been unified. The most recent is shown.
Review of Particle Physics
Particle Data Group Collaboration (K.A. Olive (Minnesota U.) et al.). 2014. 1676 pp.
Published in Chin.Phys. C38 (2014) 090001
DOI: 10.1088/1674-1137/38/9/090001

  1. 5017 core citations up to the end of 1996
  2. 2925 core citations up to the end of 1996
  3. 2843 core citations up to the end of 1996
  4. 2518 core citations up to the end of 1996
  5. 2192 core citations up to the end of 1996
  6. 2120 core citations up to the end of 1996
  7. 1992 core citations up to the end of 1996
  8. 1862 core citations up to the end of 1996
  9. 1831 core citations up to the end of 1996
  10. 1766 core citations up to the end of 1996
  11. 1730 core citations up to the end of 1996
  12. 1708 core citations up to the end of 1996
  13. 1703 core citations up to the end of 1996
  14. 1620 core citations up to the end of 1996
  15. 1615 core citations up to the end of 1996
  16. 1610 core citations up to the end of 1996
  17. 1548 core citations up to the end of 1996
  18. 1540 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

  19. 1540 core citations up to the end of 1996
  20. 1530 core citations up to the end of 1996
  21. 1529 core citations up to the end of 1996
  22. 1483 core citations up to the end of 1996
  23. 1482 core citations up to the end of 1996
  24. 1452 core citations up to the end of 1996
  25. 1408 core citations up to the end of 1996
  26. 1366 core citations up to the end of 1996
  27. 1347 core citations up to the end of 1996
  28. 1327 core citations up to the end of 1996
  29. 1323 core citations up to the end of 1996
  30. 1279 core citations up to the end of 1996
  31. 1267 core citations up to the end of 1996
  32. 1246 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. 1240 core citations up to the end of 1996
  34. 1237 core citations up to the end of 1996
  35. 1232 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. 1229 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. 1221 core citations up to the end of 1996
  38. 1198 core citations up to the end of 1996
  39. 1182 core citations up to the end of 1996