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 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 1997 editions

11823 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. 5063 core citations up to the end of 1997
  2. 3045 core citations up to the end of 1997
  3. 2856 core citations up to the end of 1997
  4. 2559 core citations up to the end of 1997
  5. 2238 core citations up to the end of 1997
  6. 2200 core citations up to the end of 1997
  7. 2127 core citations up to the end of 1997
  8. 2012 core citations up to the end of 1997
  9. 1919 core citations up to the end of 1997
  10. 1863 core citations up to the end of 1997
  11. 1846 core citations up to the end of 1997
  12. 1756 core citations up to the end of 1997
  13. 1752 core citations up to the end of 1997
  14. 1740 core citations up to the end of 1997
  15. 1692 core citations up to the end of 1997
  16. 1684 core citations up to the end of 1997
  17. 1671 core citations up to the end of 1997
  18. 1623 core citations up to the end of 1997
  19. 1588 core citations up to the end of 1997
  20. 1575 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

  21. 1575 core citations up to the end of 1997
  22. 1569 core citations up to the end of 1997
  23. 1551 core citations up to the end of 1997
  24. 1492 core citations up to the end of 1997
  25. 1482 core citations up to the end of 1997
  26. 1431 core citations up to the end of 1997
  27. 1420 core citations up to the end of 1997
  28. 1411 core citations up to the end of 1997
  29. 1409 core citations up to the end of 1997
  30. 1333 core citations up to the end of 1997
  31. 1317 core citations up to the end of 1997
  32. 1309 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. 1296 core citations up to the end of 1997
  34. 1287 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. 1279 core citations up to the end of 1997
  36. 1266 core citations up to the end of 1997
  37. 1256 core citations up to the end of 1997
  38. 1249 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

  39. 1245 core citations up to the end of 1997