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 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 2001 editions

18106 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. 5668 core citations up to the end of 2001
  2. 3874 core citations up to the end of 2001
  3. 3136 core citations up to the end of 2001
  4. 3033 core citations up to the end of 2001
  5. 2774 core citations up to the end of 2001
  6. 2537 core citations up to the end of 2001
  7. 2531 core citations up to the end of 2001
  8. 2485 core citations up to the end of 2001
  9. 2464 core citations up to the end of 2001
  10. 2437 core citations up to the end of 2001
  11. 2312 core citations up to the end of 2001
  12. 2263 core citations up to the end of 2001
  13. 2219 core citations up to the end of 2001
  14. 2129 core citations up to the end of 2001
  15. 2094 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. 2033 core citations up to the end of 2001
  17. 2025 core citations up to the end of 2001
  18. 1979 core citations up to the end of 2001
  19. 1935 core citations up to the end of 2001
  20. 1876 core citations up to the end of 2001
  21. 1845 core citations up to the end of 2001
  22. 1832 core citations up to the end of 2001
  23. 1806 core citations up to the end of 2001
  24. 1796 core citations up to the end of 2001
  25. 1783 core citations up to the end of 2001
  26. 1783 core citations up to the end of 2001
  27. 1754 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

  28. 1751 core citations up to the end of 2001
  29. 1713 core citations up to the end of 2001
  30. 1702 core citations up to the end of 2001
  31. 1661 core citations up to the end of 2001
  32. 1645 core citations up to the end of 2001
  33. 1639 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, Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  34. 1621 core citations up to the end of 2001
  35. 1605 core citations up to the end of 2001
  36. 1580 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. 1538 core citations up to the end of 2001
  38. 1534 core citations up to the end of 2001
  39. 1521 core citations up to the end of 2001