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 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 2002 editions

19548 core citations up to the end of 2002PDG 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. 5628 core citations up to the end of 2002
  2. 4039 core citations up to the end of 2002
  3. 3118 core citations up to the end of 2002
  4. 3028 core citations up to the end of 2002
  5. 2890 core citations up to the end of 2002
  6. 2647 core citations up to the end of 2002
  7. 2599 core citations up to the end of 2002
  8. 2597 core citations up to the end of 2002
  9. 2562 core citations up to the end of 2002
  10. 2530 core citations up to the end of 2002
  11. 2524 core citations up to the end of 2002
  12. 2369 core citations up to the end of 2002
  13. 2312 core citations up to the end of 2002
  14. 2282 core citations up to the end of 2002
  15. 2240 core citations up to the end of 2002
  16. 2062 core citations up to the end of 2002
  17. 2056 core citations up to the end of 2002
  18. 1996 core citations up to the end of 2002
  19. 1983 core citations up to the end of 2002
  20. 1939 core citations up to the end of 2002
  21. 1927 core citations up to the end of 2002
  22. 1913 core citations up to the end of 2002
  23. 1912 core citations up to the end of 2002
  24. 1899 core citations up to the end of 2002
  25. 1829 core citations up to the end of 2002
  26. 1816 core citations up to the end of 2002
  27. 1805 core citations up to the end of 2002
  28. 1769 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

  29. 1768 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

  30. 1764 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-ibid. 46 (1976) 206-206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  31. 1758 core citations up to the end of 2002
  32. 1738 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-ibid. 58 (1986) 1065-1073
    FERMILAB-PUB-84-017-T, LBL-16875, DOE-ER-01545-345
    DOI: 10.1103/RevModPhys.56.579

  33. 1731 core citations up to the end of 2002
  34. 1721 core citations up to the end of 2002
  35. 1700 core citations up to the end of 2002
  36. 1697 core citations up to the end of 2002
  37. 1664 core citations up to the end of 2002
  38. 1647 core citations up to the end of 2002
  39. 1637 core citations up to the end of 2002