Top Cited Articles of All Time (2000 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2000 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 2000 editions

16382 core citations up to the end of 2000PDG 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. 5458 core citations up to the end of 2000
  2. 3602 core citations up to the end of 2000
  3. 3041 core citations up to the end of 2000
  4. 2861 core citations up to the end of 2000
  5. 2593 core citations up to the end of 2000
  6. 2466 core citations up to the end of 2000
  7. 2407 core citations up to the end of 2000
  8. 2401 core citations up to the end of 2000
  9. 2316 core citations up to the end of 2000
  10. 2271 core citations up to the end of 2000
  11. 2184 core citations up to the end of 2000
  12. 2152 core citations up to the end of 2000
  13. 2137 core citations up to the end of 2000
  14. 1954 core citations up to the end of 2000
  15. 1937 core citations up to the end of 2000
  16. 1931 core citations up to the end of 2000
  17. 1904 core citations up to the end of 2000
  18. 1817 core citations up to the end of 2000
  19. 1811 core citations up to the end of 2000
  20. 1755 core citations up to the end of 2000
  21. 1748 core citations up to the end of 2000
  22. 1744 core citations up to the end of 2000
  23. 1733 core citations up to the end of 2000
  24. 1711 core citations up to the end of 2000
  25. 1704 core citations up to the end of 2000
    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

  26. 1686 core citations up to the end of 2000
  27. 1678 core citations up to the end of 2000
    The Large N limit of superconformal field theories and supergravity
    Juan Martin Maldacena (Harvard U.). Nov 1997. 19 pp.
    Published in Int.J.Theor.Phys. 38 (1999) 1113-1133, Adv.Theor.Math.Phys. 2 (1998) 231-252
    HUTP-97-A097, HUTP-98-A097
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1026654312961
    e-Print: hep-th/9711200 | PDF

  28. 1662 core citations up to the end of 2000
  29. 1657 core citations up to the end of 2000
  30. 1603 core citations up to the end of 2000
  31. 1585 core citations up to the end of 2000
  32. 1582 core citations up to the end of 2000
  33. 1527 core citations up to the end of 2000
    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

  34. 1496 core citations up to the end of 2000
    Particle Creation by Black Holes
    S.W. Hawking (Cambridge U.). Aug 1975. 22 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 43 (1975) 199-220, Erratum-ibid. 46 (1976) 206-206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  35. 1487 core citations up to the end of 2000
  36. 1458 core citations up to the end of 2000
  37. 1452 core citations up to the end of 2000
  38. 1444 core citations up to the end of 2000
  39. 1444 core citations up to the end of 2000