Top Cited Articles of All Time (2002 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2002 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 2002 editions

19845 core citations up to the end of 2002PDG 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. 5799 core citations up to the end of 2002
  2. 4134 core citations up to the end of 2002
  3. 3201 core citations up to the end of 2002
  4. 3148 core citations up to the end of 2002
  5. 2938 core citations up to the end of 2002
  6. 2661 core citations up to the end of 2002
  7. 2633 core citations up to the end of 2002
  8. 2622 core citations up to the end of 2002
  9. 2597 core citations up to the end of 2002
  10. 2579 core citations up to the end of 2002
  11. 2572 core citations up to the end of 2002
    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

  12. 2412 core citations up to the end of 2002
  13. 2359 core citations up to the end of 2002
  14. 2311 core citations up to the end of 2002
  15. 2278 core citations up to the end of 2002
  16. 2105 core citations up to the end of 2002
  17. 2099 core citations up to the end of 2002
  18. 2034 core citations up to the end of 2002
  19. 2031 core citations up to the end of 2002
  20. 1988 core citations up to the end of 2002
  21. 1954 core citations up to the end of 2002
  22. 1942 core citations up to the end of 2002
  23. 1937 core citations up to the end of 2002
  24. 1933 core citations up to the end of 2002
  25. 1864 core citations up to the end of 2002
  26. 1848 core citations up to the end of 2002
  27. 1839 core citations up to the end of 2002
  28. 1799 core citations up to the end of 2002
  29. 1797 core citations up to the end of 2002
    Evidence for oscillation of atmospheric neutrinos
    Super-Kamiokande Collaboration (Y. Fukuda (Tokyo U., ICRR) et al.). Jul 1998. 9 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 81 (1998) 1562-1567
    BU-98-17, ICRR-REPORT-422-98-18, UCI-98-8, KEK-PREPRINT-98-95, LSU-HEPA-5-98, UMD-98-003, SBHEP-98-5, TKU-PAP-98-06, TIT-HPE-98-09
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.81.1562
    e-Print: hep-ex/9807003 | PDF

  30. 1794 core citations up to the end of 2002
    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

  31. 1793 core citations up to the end of 2002
    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

  32. 1789 core citations up to the end of 2002
  33. 1768 core citations up to the end of 2002
  34. 1752 core citations up to the end of 2002
  35. 1721 core citations up to the end of 2002
  36. 1717 core citations up to the end of 2002
  37. 1690 core citations up to the end of 2002
  38. 1680 core citations up to the end of 2002
  39. 1658 core citations up to the end of 2002