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 2015-01-08. 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

19665 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. 5690 core citations up to the end of 2002
  2. 4072 core citations up to the end of 2002
  3. 3145 core citations up to the end of 2002
  4. 3058 core citations up to the end of 2002
  5. 2910 core citations up to the end of 2002
  6. 2663 core citations up to the end of 2002
  7. 2618 core citations up to the end of 2002
  8. 2615 core citations up to the end of 2002
  9. 2577 core citations up to the end of 2002
  10. 2561 core citations up to the end of 2002
  11. 2555 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. 2385 core citations up to the end of 2002
  13. 2331 core citations up to the end of 2002
  14. 2299 core citations up to the end of 2002
  15. 2261 core citations up to the end of 2002
  16. 2088 core citations up to the end of 2002
  17. 2082 core citations up to the end of 2002
  18. 2020 core citations up to the end of 2002
  19. 2014 core citations up to the end of 2002
  20. 1957 core citations up to the end of 2002
  21. 1942 core citations up to the end of 2002
  22. 1925 core citations up to the end of 2002
  23. 1924 core citations up to the end of 2002
  24. 1915 core citations up to the end of 2002
  25. 1855 core citations up to the end of 2002
  26. 1838 core citations up to the end of 2002
  27. 1828 core citations up to the end of 2002
  28. 1786 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

  29. 1782 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. 1780 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. 1766 core citations up to the end of 2002
  32. 1754 core citations up to the end of 2002
  33. 1753 core citations up to the end of 2002
  34. 1741 core citations up to the end of 2002
  35. 1714 core citations up to the end of 2002
  36. 1713 core citations up to the end of 2002
  37. 1682 core citations up to the end of 2002
  38. 1668 core citations up to the end of 2002
  39. 1650 core citations up to the end of 2002