Top Cited Articles of All Time (2006 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2006 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 2006 editions

27992 core citations up to the end of 2006PDG 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. 6353 core citations up to the end of 2006
  2. 5096 core citations up to the end of 2006
  3. 4452 core citations up to the end of 2006
    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. 3614 core citations up to the end of 2006
  5. 3530 core citations up to the end of 2006
  6. 3438 core citations up to the end of 2006
  7. 3196 core citations up to the end of 2006
  8. 3168 core citations up to the end of 2006
  9. 3159 core citations up to the end of 2006
  10. 3096 core citations up to the end of 2006
  11. 3071 core citations up to the end of 2006
  12. 3055 core citations up to the end of 2006
  13. 2961 core citations up to the end of 2006
  14. 2920 core citations up to the end of 2006
  15. 2876 core citations up to the end of 2006
  16. 2782 core citations up to the end of 2006
  17. 2780 core citations up to the end of 2006
  18. 2754 core citations up to the end of 2006
    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

  19. 2705 core citations up to the end of 2006
  20. 2687 core citations up to the end of 2006
  21. 2687 core citations up to the end of 2006
  22. 2649 core citations up to the end of 2006
  23. 2622 core citations up to the end of 2006
  24. 2513 core citations up to the end of 2006
    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

  25. 2486 core citations up to the end of 2006
  26. 2469 core citations up to the end of 2006
  27. 2347 core citations up to the end of 2006
  28. 2327 core citations up to the end of 2006
  29. 2306 core citations up to the end of 2006
  30. 2301 core citations up to the end of 2006
  31. 2293 core citations up to the end of 2006
  32. 2275 core citations up to the end of 2006
  33. 2223 core citations up to the end of 2006
  34. 2186 core citations up to the end of 2006
  35. 2161 core citations up to the end of 2006
  36. 2157 core citations up to the end of 2006
  37. 2136 core citations up to the end of 2006
  38. 2109 core citations up to the end of 2006
  39. 2101 core citations up to the end of 2006