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 2018-01-08. 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

18895 core citations up to the end of 2001PDG RPP has been unified. The most recent is shown.
Review of Particle Physics
Particle Data Group (C. Patrignani (Bologna U. & INFN, Bologna) et al.). 2016. 1808 pp.
Published in Chin.Phys. C40 (2016) no.10, 100001
DOI: 10.1088/1674-1137/40/10/100001

  1. 5986 core citations up to the end of 2001
  2. 4005 core citations up to the end of 2001
  3. 3267 core citations up to the end of 2001
  4. 3188 core citations up to the end of 2001
  5. 2879 core citations up to the end of 2001
  6. 2687 core citations up to the end of 2001
  7. 2661 core citations up to the end of 2001
  8. 2566 core citations up to the end of 2001
  9. 2548 core citations up to the end of 2001
  10. 2500 core citations up to the end of 2001
  11. 2477 core citations up to the end of 2001
  12. 2361 core citations up to the end of 2001
  13. 2285 core citations up to the end of 2001
  14. 2207 core citations up to the end of 2001
  15. 2135 core citations up to the end of 2001
  16. 2112 core citations up to the end of 2001
  17. 2099 core citations up to the end of 2001
  18. 2083 core citations up to the end of 2001
  19. 2050 core citations up to the end of 2001
  20. 1961 core citations up to the end of 2001
  21. 1958 core citations up to the end of 2001
  22. 1910 core citations up to the end of 2001
  23. 1896 core citations up to the end of 2001
  24. 1886 core citations up to the end of 2001
  25. 1869 core citations up to the end of 2001
  26. 1853 core citations up to the end of 2001
  27. 1829 core citations up to the end of 2001
    Quantum Geometry of Bosonic Strings
    Alexander M. Polyakov (Landau Inst.). Jun 1981. 4 pp.
    Published in Phys.Lett. 103B (1981) 207-210
    Print-81-0351 (LANDAU INST)
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-2693(81)90743-7

  28. 1828 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: Rev.Mod.Phys. 58 (1986) 1065-1073
    FERMILAB-PUB-84-017-T, LBL-16875, DOE-ER-01545-345
    DOI: 10.1103/RevModPhys.58.1065, 10.1103/RevModPhys.56.579

  29. 1808 core citations up to the end of 2001
  30. 1767 core citations up to the end of 2001
  31. 1752 core citations up to the end of 2001
  32. 1733 core citations up to the end of 2001
  33. 1712 core citations up to the end of 2001
  34. 1705 core citations up to the end of 2001
  35. 1695 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: Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  36. 1673 core citations up to the end of 2001
    Magnetic Monopoles in Unified Gauge Theories
    Gerard 't Hooft (CERN). May 1974. 9 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B79 (1974) 276-284
    CERN-TH-1876
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(74)90486-6

  37. 1623 core citations up to the end of 2001
  38. 1613 core citations up to the end of 2001
  39. 1581 core citations up to the end of 2001