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 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 1996 editions

10973 core citations up to the end of 1996PDG 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. 5299 core citations up to the end of 1996
  2. 3018 core citations up to the end of 1996
  3. 2962 core citations up to the end of 1996
  4. 2645 core citations up to the end of 1996
  5. 2263 core citations up to the end of 1996
  6. 2240 core citations up to the end of 1996
  7. 2061 core citations up to the end of 1996
  8. 1998 core citations up to the end of 1996
  9. 1880 core citations up to the end of 1996
  10. 1871 core citations up to the end of 1996
  11. 1855 core citations up to the end of 1996
  12. 1805 core citations up to the end of 1996
  13. 1797 core citations up to the end of 1996
  14. 1689 core citations up to the end of 1996
  15. 1675 core citations up to the end of 1996
  16. 1658 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: Rev.Mod.Phys. 58 (1986) 1065-1073
    FERMILAB-PUB-84-017-T, LBL-16875, DOE-ER-01545-345
    DOI: 10.1103/RevModPhys.58.1065, 10.1103/RevModPhys.56.579

  17. 1621 core citations up to the end of 1996
  18. 1610 core citations up to the end of 1996
    Quantum Geometry of Bosonic Strings
    Alexander M. Polyakov (Landau Inst.). Jun 1981. 4 pp.
    Published in Phys.Lett. 103B (1981) 207-210
    Print-81-0351 (LANDAU INST)
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-2693(81)90743-7

  19. 1609 core citations up to the end of 1996
  20. 1606 core citations up to the end of 1996
  21. 1587 core citations up to the end of 1996
  22. 1585 core citations up to the end of 1996
  23. 1575 core citations up to the end of 1996
  24. 1521 core citations up to the end of 1996
  25. 1476 core citations up to the end of 1996
  26. 1429 core citations up to the end of 1996
  27. 1428 core citations up to the end of 1996
  28. 1411 core citations up to the end of 1996
  29. 1407 core citations up to the end of 1996
  30. 1370 core citations up to the end of 1996
  31. 1358 core citations up to the end of 1996
  32. 1345 core citations up to the end of 1996
  33. 1332 core citations up to the end of 1996
    Global Aspects of Current Algebra
    Edward Witten (Princeton U.). Mar 1983. 11 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B223 (1983) 422-432
    PRINT-83-0262 (PRINCETON)
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(83)90063-9

  34. 1329 core citations up to the end of 1996
    Magnetic Monopoles in Unified Gauge Theories
    Gerard 't Hooft (CERN). May 1974. 9 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B79 (1974) 276-284
    CERN-TH-1876
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(74)90486-6

  35. 1297 core citations up to the end of 1996
  36. 1294 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

  37. 1293 core citations up to the end of 1996
    Weak and Electromagnetic Interactions
    Abdus Salam (Imperial Coll., London & ICTP, Trieste). May 1968. 11 pp.
    Published in Conf.Proc. C680519 (1968) 367-377
    Conference: C68-05-19

  38. 1265 core citations up to the end of 1996
  39. 1245 core citations up to the end of 1996