Top Cited Articles of All Time (1997 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (1997 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 1997 editions

11931 core citations up to the end of 1997PDG 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. 5145 core citations up to the end of 1997
  2. 3094 core citations up to the end of 1997
  3. 2902 core citations up to the end of 1997
  4. 2618 core citations up to the end of 1997
  5. 2254 core citations up to the end of 1997
  6. 2201 core citations up to the end of 1997
  7. 2149 core citations up to the end of 1997
  8. 2010 core citations up to the end of 1997
  9. 1931 core citations up to the end of 1997
  10. 1885 core citations up to the end of 1997
  11. 1863 core citations up to the end of 1997
  12. 1767 core citations up to the end of 1997
  13. 1764 core citations up to the end of 1997
  14. 1748 core citations up to the end of 1997
  15. 1705 core citations up to the end of 1997
  16. 1697 core citations up to the end of 1997
  17. 1679 core citations up to the end of 1997
  18. 1666 core citations up to the end of 1997
  19. 1594 core citations up to the end of 1997
  20. 1581 core citations up to the end of 1997
  21. 1579 core citations up to the end of 1997
    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

  22. 1578 core citations up to the end of 1997
  23. 1561 core citations up to the end of 1997
  24. 1504 core citations up to the end of 1997
  25. 1488 core citations up to the end of 1997
  26. 1434 core citations up to the end of 1997
  27. 1423 core citations up to the end of 1997
  28. 1419 core citations up to the end of 1997
  29. 1411 core citations up to the end of 1997
  30. 1341 core citations up to the end of 1997
  31. 1322 core citations up to the end of 1997
  32. 1311 core citations up to the end of 1997
    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. 1307 core citations up to the end of 1997
  34. 1295 core citations up to the end of 1997
    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

  35. 1283 core citations up to the end of 1997
  36. 1272 core citations up to the end of 1997
  37. 1271 core citations up to the end of 1997
  38. 1262 core citations up to the end of 1997
  39. 1259 core citations up to the end of 1997
    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