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 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 2000 editions

16526 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. 5550 core citations up to the end of 2000
  2. 3657 core citations up to the end of 2000
  3. 3091 core citations up to the end of 2000
  4. 2933 core citations up to the end of 2000
  5. 2617 core citations up to the end of 2000
  6. 2468 core citations up to the end of 2000
  7. 2417 core citations up to the end of 2000
  8. 2405 core citations up to the end of 2000
  9. 2327 core citations up to the end of 2000
  10. 2286 core citations up to the end of 2000
  11. 2205 core citations up to the end of 2000
  12. 2179 core citations up to the end of 2000
  13. 2149 core citations up to the end of 2000
  14. 1970 core citations up to the end of 2000
  15. 1949 core citations up to the end of 2000
  16. 1948 core citations up to the end of 2000
  17. 1915 core citations up to the end of 2000
  18. 1830 core citations up to the end of 2000
  19. 1820 core citations up to the end of 2000
  20. 1770 core citations up to the end of 2000
  21. 1755 core citations up to the end of 2000
  22. 1755 core citations up to the end of 2000
  23. 1754 core citations up to the end of 2000
  24. 1741 core citations up to the end of 2000
  25. 1710 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. 1700 core citations up to the end of 2000
  27. 1686 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. 1671 core citations up to the end of 2000
  29. 1659 core citations up to the end of 2000
  30. 1609 core citations up to the end of 2000
  31. 1592 core citations up to the end of 2000
  32. 1585 core citations up to the end of 2000
  33. 1531 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. 1506 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, Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  35. 1492 core citations up to the end of 2000
  36. 1486 core citations up to the end of 2000
  37. 1473 core citations up to the end of 2000
  38. 1473 core citations up to the end of 2000
  39. 1466 core citations up to the end of 2000