Top Cited Articles of All Time (2001 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2001 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 2001 editions

17947 core citations up to the end of 2001PDG 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. 5571 core citations up to the end of 2001
  2. 3817 core citations up to the end of 2001
  3. 3084 core citations up to the end of 2001
  4. 2955 core citations up to the end of 2001
  5. 2750 core citations up to the end of 2001
  6. 2535 core citations up to the end of 2001
  7. 2533 core citations up to the end of 2001
  8. 2468 core citations up to the end of 2001
  9. 2451 core citations up to the end of 2001
  10. 2420 core citations up to the end of 2001
  11. 2288 core citations up to the end of 2001
  12. 2236 core citations up to the end of 2001
  13. 2207 core citations up to the end of 2001
  14. 2114 core citations up to the end of 2001
  15. 2082 core citations up to the end of 2001
    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

  16. 2017 core citations up to the end of 2001
  17. 2008 core citations up to the end of 2001
  18. 1967 core citations up to the end of 2001
  19. 1920 core citations up to the end of 2001
  20. 1867 core citations up to the end of 2001
  21. 1833 core citations up to the end of 2001
  22. 1816 core citations up to the end of 2001
  23. 1791 core citations up to the end of 2001
  24. 1789 core citations up to the end of 2001
  25. 1775 core citations up to the end of 2001
  26. 1747 core citations up to the end of 2001
    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

  27. 1739 core citations up to the end of 2001
  28. 1726 core citations up to the end of 2001
  29. 1711 core citations up to the end of 2001
  30. 1692 core citations up to the end of 2001
  31. 1655 core citations up to the end of 2001
  32. 1641 core citations up to the end of 2001
  33. 1629 core citations up to the end of 2001
    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

  34. 1613 core citations up to the end of 2001
  35. 1574 core citations up to the end of 2001
  36. 1574 core citations up to the end of 2001
    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

  37. 1533 core citations up to the end of 2001
  38. 1525 core citations up to the end of 2001
  39. 1497 core citations up to the end of 2001