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 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 2002 editions

20691 core citations up to the end of 2002PDG 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. 6127 core citations up to the end of 2002
  2. 4278 core citations up to the end of 2002
  3. 3336 core citations up to the end of 2002
  4. 3314 core citations up to the end of 2002
  5. 3052 core citations up to the end of 2002
  6. 2818 core citations up to the end of 2002
  7. 2752 core citations up to the end of 2002
  8. 2719 core citations up to the end of 2002
  9. 2663 core citations up to the end of 2002
  10. 2660 core citations up to the end of 2002
  11. 2596 core citations up to the end of 2002
  12. 2579 core citations up to the end of 2002
  13. 2462 core citations up to the end of 2002
  14. 2377 core citations up to the end of 2002
  15. 2363 core citations up to the end of 2002
  16. 2203 core citations up to the end of 2002
  17. 2182 core citations up to the end of 2002
  18. 2148 core citations up to the end of 2002
  19. 2139 core citations up to the end of 2002
  20. 2101 core citations up to the end of 2002
  21. 2071 core citations up to the end of 2002
  22. 2034 core citations up to the end of 2002
  23. 2019 core citations up to the end of 2002
  24. 2017 core citations up to the end of 2002
  25. 1954 core citations up to the end of 2002
  26. 1934 core citations up to the end of 2002
  27. 1897 core citations up to the end of 2002
  28. 1869 core citations up to the end of 2002
    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

  29. 1866 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. 1862 core citations up to the end of 2002
  31. 1854 core citations up to the end of 2002
  32. 1853 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, Erratum: Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  33. 1844 core citations up to the end of 2002
    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

  34. 1817 core citations up to the end of 2002
  35. 1807 core citations up to the end of 2002
  36. 1791 core citations up to the end of 2002
  37. 1774 core citations up to the end of 2002
  38. 1729 core citations up to the end of 2002
    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

  39. 1707 core citations up to the end of 2002