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 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 2006 editions

27752 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. 6232 core citations up to the end of 2006
  2. 5027 core citations up to the end of 2006
  3. 4416 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. 3513 core citations up to the end of 2006
  5. 3491 core citations up to the end of 2006
  6. 3379 core citations up to the end of 2006
  7. 3176 core citations up to the end of 2006
  8. 3167 core citations up to the end of 2006
  9. 3140 core citations up to the end of 2006
  10. 3075 core citations up to the end of 2006
  11. 3056 core citations up to the end of 2006
  12. 3036 core citations up to the end of 2006
  13. 2943 core citations up to the end of 2006
  14. 2912 core citations up to the end of 2006
  15. 2854 core citations up to the end of 2006
  16. 2758 core citations up to the end of 2006
  17. 2752 core citations up to the end of 2006
  18. 2732 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. 2688 core citations up to the end of 2006
  20. 2674 core citations up to the end of 2006
  21. 2653 core citations up to the end of 2006
  22. 2624 core citations up to the end of 2006
  23. 2585 core citations up to the end of 2006
  24. 2493 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, Erratum-ibid. 46 (1976) 206-206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  25. 2461 core citations up to the end of 2006
  26. 2429 core citations up to the end of 2006
  27. 2327 core citations up to the end of 2006
  28. 2318 core citations up to the end of 2006
  29. 2291 core citations up to the end of 2006
  30. 2286 core citations up to the end of 2006
  31. 2274 core citations up to the end of 2006
  32. 2251 core citations up to the end of 2006
  33. 2202 core citations up to the end of 2006
  34. 2170 core citations up to the end of 2006
  35. 2147 core citations up to the end of 2006
  36. 2146 core citations up to the end of 2006
  37. 2111 core citations up to the end of 2006
  38. 2097 core citations up to the end of 2006
  39. 2092 core citations up to the end of 2006