Top Cited Articles of All Time (2005 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2005 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 2016-01-04. 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 2005 editions

25837 core citations up to the end of 2005PDG 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. 6206 core citations up to the end of 2005
  2. 4863 core citations up to the end of 2005
  3. 3883 core citations up to the end of 2005
    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

  4. 3493 core citations up to the end of 2005
  5. 3380 core citations up to the end of 2005
  6. 3374 core citations up to the end of 2005
  7. 3045 core citations up to the end of 2005
  8. 3025 core citations up to the end of 2005
  9. 2978 core citations up to the end of 2005
  10. 2854 core citations up to the end of 2005
  11. 2796 core citations up to the end of 2005
  12. 2786 core citations up to the end of 2005
  13. 2773 core citations up to the end of 2005
  14. 2693 core citations up to the end of 2005
  15. 2680 core citations up to the end of 2005
  16. 2660 core citations up to the end of 2005
  17. 2616 core citations up to the end of 2005
  18. 2605 core citations up to the end of 2005
  19. 2589 core citations up to the end of 2005
  20. 2583 core citations up to the end of 2005
    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. 2494 core citations up to the end of 2005
  22. 2483 core citations up to the end of 2005
  23. 2394 core citations up to the end of 2005
  24. 2354 core citations up to the end of 2005
  25. 2298 core citations up to the end of 2005
    Particle Creation by Black Holes
    S.W. Hawking (Cambridge U.). Aug 1975. 22 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 43 (1975) 199-220, Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  26. 2294 core citations up to the end of 2005
  27. 2283 core citations up to the end of 2005
  28. 2242 core citations up to the end of 2005
  29. 2241 core citations up to the end of 2005
  30. 2202 core citations up to the end of 2005
  31. 2196 core citations up to the end of 2005
  32. 2098 core citations up to the end of 2005
  33. 2089 core citations up to the end of 2005
  34. 2067 core citations up to the end of 2005
  35. 2064 core citations up to the end of 2005
  36. 2029 core citations up to the end of 2005
  37. 1988 core citations up to the end of 2005
  38. 1964 core citations up to the end of 2005
  39. 1946 core citations up to the end of 2005