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 2015-01-08. 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

10416 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. 4937 core citations up to the end of 1996
  2. 2878 core citations up to the end of 1996
  3. 2798 core citations up to the end of 1996
  4. 2461 core citations up to the end of 1996
  5. 2176 core citations up to the end of 1996
  6. 2119 core citations up to the end of 1996
  7. 1973 core citations up to the end of 1996
  8. 1864 core citations up to the end of 1996
  9. 1819 core citations up to the end of 1996
  10. 1747 core citations up to the end of 1996
  11. 1713 core citations up to the end of 1996
  12. 1697 core citations up to the end of 1996
  13. 1691 core citations up to the end of 1996
  14. 1607 core citations up to the end of 1996
  15. 1598 core citations up to the end of 1996
  16. 1578 core citations up to the end of 1996
  17. 1539 core citations up to the end of 1996
  18. 1536 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. 1533 core citations up to the end of 1996
  20. 1523 core citations up to the end of 1996
  21. 1522 core citations up to the end of 1996
  22. 1473 core citations up to the end of 1996
  23. 1470 core citations up to the end of 1996
  24. 1446 core citations up to the end of 1996
  25. 1396 core citations up to the end of 1996
  26. 1363 core citations up to the end of 1996
  27. 1345 core citations up to the end of 1996
  28. 1320 core citations up to the end of 1996
  29. 1319 core citations up to the end of 1996
  30. 1270 core citations up to the end of 1996
  31. 1262 core citations up to the end of 1996
  32. 1245 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. 1235 core citations up to the end of 1996
  34. 1233 core citations up to the end of 1996
  35. 1225 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. 1221 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. 1216 core citations up to the end of 1996
  38. 1192 core citations up to the end of 1996
  39. 1172 core citations up to the end of 1996