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 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 2006 editions

27503 core citations up to the end of 2006PDG 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. 6154 core citations up to the end of 2006
  2. 4979 core citations up to the end of 2006
  3. 4364 core citations up to the end of 2006
  4. 3470 core citations up to the end of 2006
  5. 3458 core citations up to the end of 2006
  6. 3348 core citations up to the end of 2006
  7. 3142 core citations up to the end of 2006
  8. 3139 core citations up to the end of 2006
  9. 3118 core citations up to the end of 2006
  10. 3054 core citations up to the end of 2006
  11. 3014 core citations up to the end of 2006
  12. 3002 core citations up to the end of 2006
  13. 2919 core citations up to the end of 2006
  14. 2883 core citations up to the end of 2006
  15. 2821 core citations up to the end of 2006
  16. 2727 core citations up to the end of 2006
  17. 2723 core citations up to the end of 2006
  18. 2700 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. 2659 core citations up to the end of 2006
  20. 2651 core citations up to the end of 2006
  21. 2624 core citations up to the end of 2006
  22. 2582 core citations up to the end of 2006
  23. 2548 core citations up to the end of 2006
  24. 2448 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. 2441 core citations up to the end of 2006
  26. 2398 core citations up to the end of 2006
  27. 2296 core citations up to the end of 2006
  28. 2291 core citations up to the end of 2006
  29. 2264 core citations up to the end of 2006
  30. 2263 core citations up to the end of 2006
  31. 2245 core citations up to the end of 2006
  32. 2233 core citations up to the end of 2006
  33. 2176 core citations up to the end of 2006
  34. 2136 core citations up to the end of 2006
  35. 2133 core citations up to the end of 2006
  36. 2114 core citations up to the end of 2006
  37. 2093 core citations up to the end of 2006
  38. 2082 core citations up to the end of 2006
  39. 2079 core citations up to the end of 2006