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 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 2003 editions

21501 core citations up to the end of 2003PDG 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. 5748 core citations up to the end of 2003
  2. 4283 core citations up to the end of 2003
  3. 3166 core citations up to the end of 2003
  4. 3124 core citations up to the end of 2003
  5. 3024 core citations up to the end of 2003
  6. 2922 core citations up to the end of 2003
  7. 2775 core citations up to the end of 2003
  8. 2716 core citations up to the end of 2003
  9. 2693 core citations up to the end of 2003
  10. 2684 core citations up to the end of 2003
  11. 2600 core citations up to the end of 2003
  12. 2493 core citations up to the end of 2003
  13. 2390 core citations up to the end of 2003
  14. 2385 core citations up to the end of 2003
  15. 2381 core citations up to the end of 2003
  16. 2132 core citations up to the end of 2003
  17. 2129 core citations up to the end of 2003
  18. 2128 core citations up to the end of 2003
  19. 2097 core citations up to the end of 2003
  20. 2093 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

  21. 2078 core citations up to the end of 2003
  22. 2075 core citations up to the end of 2003
  23. 2051 core citations up to the end of 2003
  24. 2041 core citations up to the end of 2003
  25. 2010 core citations up to the end of 2003
  26. 1982 core citations up to the end of 2003
  27. 1966 core citations up to the end of 2003
  28. 1905 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-ibid. 46 (1976) 206-206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  29. 1898 core citations up to the end of 2003
  30. 1885 core citations up to the end of 2003
  31. 1878 core citations up to the end of 2003
  32. 1876 core citations up to the end of 2003
  33. 1861 core citations up to the end of 2003
  34. 1841 core citations up to the end of 2003
  35. 1822 core citations up to the end of 2003
  36. 1813 core citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  37. 1778 core citations up to the end of 2003
  38. 1757 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-ibid. 58 (1986) 1065-1073
    FERMILAB-PUB-84-017-T, LBL-16875, DOE-ER-01545-345
    DOI: 10.1103/RevModPhys.56.579

  39. 1748 core citations up to the end of 2003