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 2014-01-05. 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

17848 core citations up to the end of 2001PDG RPP has been unified. The most recent is shown.
Review of Particle Physics (RPP)
Particle Data Group Collaboration (J. Beringer (LBL, Berkeley) et al.). 2012. 1528 pp.
Published in Phys.Rev. D86 (2012) 010001
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.86.010001

  1. 5510 core citations up to the end of 2001
  2. 3784 core citations up to the end of 2001
  3. 3057 core citations up to the end of 2001
  4. 2925 core citations up to the end of 2001
  5. 2730 core citations up to the end of 2001
  6. 2520 core citations up to the end of 2001
  7. 2516 core citations up to the end of 2001
  8. 2440 core citations up to the end of 2001
  9. 2435 core citations up to the end of 2001
  10. 2405 core citations up to the end of 2001
  11. 2273 core citations up to the end of 2001
  12. 2218 core citations up to the end of 2001
  13. 2192 core citations up to the end of 2001
  14. 2096 core citations up to the end of 2001
  15. 2057 core citations up to the end of 2001
  16. 1992 core citations up to the end of 2001
  17. 1983 core citations up to the end of 2001
  18. 1945 core citations up to the end of 2001
  19. 1892 core citations up to the end of 2001
  20. 1858 core citations up to the end of 2001
  21. 1821 core citations up to the end of 2001
  22. 1802 core citations up to the end of 2001
  23. 1780 core citations up to the end of 2001
  24. 1766 core citations up to the end of 2001
  25. 1756 core citations up to the end of 2001
  26. 1730 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. 1723 core citations up to the end of 2001
    Super Collider Physics
    E. Eichten (Fermilab), I. Hinchliffe (LBL, Berkeley), Kenneth D. Lane (Ohio State U.), C. Quigg (Fermilab). Feb 1984. 550 pp.
    Published in Rev.Mod.Phys. 56 (1984) 579-707, Addendum-ibid. 58 (1986) 1065-1073
    FERMILAB-PUB-84-017-T, LBL-16875, DOE-ER-01545-345
    DOI: 10.1103/RevModPhys.56.579

  28. 1709 core citations up to the end of 2001
  29. 1703 core citations up to the end of 2001
  30. 1672 core citations up to the end of 2001
  31. 1642 core citations up to the end of 2001
  32. 1626 core citations up to the end of 2001
  33. 1616 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. 1600 core citations up to the end of 2001
  35. 1559 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

  36. 1552 core citations up to the end of 2001
  37. 1524 core citations up to the end of 2001
  38. 1506 core citations up to the end of 2001
  39. 1483 core citations up to the end of 2001