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 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 2005 editions

25397 core citations up to the end of 2005PDG 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. 6013 core citations up to the end of 2005
  2. 4754 core citations up to the end of 2005
  3. 3805 core citations up to the end of 2005
  4. 3355 core citations up to the end of 2005
  5. 3308 core citations up to the end of 2005
  6. 3293 core citations up to the end of 2005
  7. 3022 core citations up to the end of 2005
  8. 2986 core citations up to the end of 2005
  9. 2937 core citations up to the end of 2005
  10. 2820 core citations up to the end of 2005
  11. 2749 core citations up to the end of 2005
  12. 2733 core citations up to the end of 2005
  13. 2721 core citations up to the end of 2005
  14. 2641 core citations up to the end of 2005
  15. 2632 core citations up to the end of 2005
  16. 2613 core citations up to the end of 2005
  17. 2580 core citations up to the end of 2005
  18. 2553 core citations up to the end of 2005
  19. 2549 core citations up to the end of 2005
  20. 2545 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. 2423 core citations up to the end of 2005
  22. 2419 core citations up to the end of 2005
  23. 2351 core citations up to the end of 2005
  24. 2316 core citations up to the end of 2005
  25. 2246 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, Erratum-ibid. 46 (1976) 206-206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  26. 2241 core citations up to the end of 2005
  27. 2216 core citations up to the end of 2005
  28. 2198 core citations up to the end of 2005
  29. 2196 core citations up to the end of 2005
  30. 2164 core citations up to the end of 2005
  31. 2161 core citations up to the end of 2005
  32. 2071 core citations up to the end of 2005
  33. 2045 core citations up to the end of 2005
  34. 2043 core citations up to the end of 2005
  35. 2019 core citations up to the end of 2005
  36. 2008 core citations up to the end of 2005
  37. 1964 core citations up to the end of 2005
  38. 1931 core citations up to the end of 2005
  39. 1923 core citations up to the end of 2005