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 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 2005 editions

25612 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. 6086 core citations up to the end of 2005
  2. 4797 core citations up to the end of 2005
  3. 3855 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. 3394 core citations up to the end of 2005
  5. 3339 core citations up to the end of 2005
  6. 3323 core citations up to the end of 2005
  7. 3045 core citations up to the end of 2005
  8. 3007 core citations up to the end of 2005
  9. 2957 core citations up to the end of 2005
  10. 2848 core citations up to the end of 2005
  11. 2780 core citations up to the end of 2005
  12. 2765 core citations up to the end of 2005
  13. 2760 core citations up to the end of 2005
  14. 2664 core citations up to the end of 2005
  15. 2664 core citations up to the end of 2005
  16. 2640 core citations up to the end of 2005
  17. 2601 core citations up to the end of 2005
  18. 2576 core citations up to the end of 2005
  19. 2573 core citations up to the end of 2005
  20. 2565 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. 2461 core citations up to the end of 2005
  22. 2458 core citations up to the end of 2005
  23. 2379 core citations up to the end of 2005
  24. 2334 core citations up to the end of 2005
  25. 2280 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. 2275 core citations up to the end of 2005
  27. 2244 core citations up to the end of 2005
  28. 2226 core citations up to the end of 2005
  29. 2224 core citations up to the end of 2005
  30. 2183 core citations up to the end of 2005
  31. 2179 core citations up to the end of 2005
  32. 2091 core citations up to the end of 2005
  33. 2077 core citations up to the end of 2005
  34. 2058 core citations up to the end of 2005
  35. 2051 core citations up to the end of 2005
  36. 2020 core citations up to the end of 2005
  37. 1977 core citations up to the end of 2005
  38. 1946 core citations up to the end of 2005
  39. 1943 core citations up to the end of 2005