Top Cited Articles of All Time (2003 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2003 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 2003 editions

22752 core citations up to the end of 2003PDG 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. 6260 core citations up to the end of 2003
  2. 4537 core citations up to the end of 2003
  3. 3423 core citations up to the end of 2003
  4. 3386 core citations up to the end of 2003
  5. 3196 core citations up to the end of 2003
  6. 3005 core citations up to the end of 2003
  7. 2950 core citations up to the end of 2003
  8. 2844 core citations up to the end of 2003
  9. 2837 core citations up to the end of 2003
  10. 2795 core citations up to the end of 2003
  11. 2730 core citations up to the end of 2003
  12. 2709 core citations up to the end of 2003
  13. 2545 core citations up to the end of 2003
  14. 2509 core citations up to the end of 2003
  15. 2482 core citations up to the end of 2003
  16. 2309 core citations up to the end of 2003
  17. 2307 core citations up to the end of 2003
  18. 2250 core citations up to the end of 2003
  19. 2246 core citations up to the end of 2003
  20. 2218 core citations up to the end of 2003
  21. 2199 core citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  22. 2167 core citations up to the end of 2003
  23. 2157 core citations up to the end of 2003
  24. 2134 core citations up to the end of 2003
  25. 2110 core citations up to the end of 2003
  26. 2101 core citations up to the end of 2003
  27. 2073 core citations up to the end of 2003
  28. 2061 core citations up to the end of 2003
  29. 2006 core citations up to the end of 2003
  30. 2004 core citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  31. 1986 core citations up to the end of 2003
  32. 1942 core citations up to the end of 2003
    A Large mass hierarchy from a small extra dimension
    Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.). May 1999. 9 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 83 (1999) 3370-3373
    MIT-CTP-2860, PUPT-1860, BUHEP-99-9
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.3370
    e-Print: hep-ph/9905221 | PDF

  33. 1930 core citations up to the end of 2003
  34. 1928 core citations up to the end of 2003
  35. 1918 core citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  36. 1878 core citations up to the end of 2003
  37. 1872 core citations up to the end of 2003
    An Alternative to compactification
    Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.). Jun 1999. 10 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 83 (1999) 4690-4693
    MIT-CTP-2874, PUPT-1867, BUHEP-99-13
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.4690
    e-Print: hep-th/9906064 | PDF

  38. 1863 core citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  39. 1848 core citations up to the end of 2003