Top Cited Articles of All Time (2008 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2008 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 2018-01-08. 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 2008 editions

34183 core citations up to the end of 2008PDG RPP has been unified. The most recent is shown.
Review of Particle Physics
Particle Data Group (C. Patrignani (Bologna U. & INFN, Bologna) et al.). 2016. 1808 pp.
Published in Chin.Phys. C40 (2016) no.10, 100001
DOI: 10.1088/1674-1137/40/10/100001

  1. 7080 core citations up to the end of 2008
  2. 5942 core citations up to the end of 2008
  3. 5862 core citations up to the end of 2008
  4. 4129 core citations up to the end of 2008
    A Large mass hierarchy from a small extra dimension
    Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.). May 1999. 9 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 83 (1999) 3370-3373
    MIT-CTP-2860, PUPT-1860, BUHEP-99-9
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.3370
    e-Print: hep-ph/9905221 | PDF

  5. 4103 core citations up to the end of 2008
  6. 4020 core citations up to the end of 2008
  7. 4019 core citations up to the end of 2008
  8. 3769 core citations up to the end of 2008
  9. 3749 core citations up to the end of 2008
  10. 3650 core citations up to the end of 2008
    An Alternative to compactification
    Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.). Jun 1999. 10 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 83 (1999) 4690-4693
    MIT-CTP-2874, PUPT-1867, BUHEP-99-13
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.4690
    e-Print: hep-th/9906064 | PDF

  11. 3595 core citations up to the end of 2008
  12. 3582 core citations up to the end of 2008
  13. 3555 core citations up to the end of 2008
  14. 3443 core citations up to the end of 2008
  15. 3240 core citations up to the end of 2008
  16. 3195 core citations up to the end of 2008
  17. 3191 core citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  18. 3171 core citations up to the end of 2008
  19. 3134 core citations up to the end of 2008
  20. 3101 core citations up to the end of 2008
    Particle Creation by Black Holes
    S.W. Hawking (Cambridge U.). Aug 1975. 22 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 43 (1975) 199-220, Erratum: Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  21. 3099 core citations up to the end of 2008
  22. 3060 core citations up to the end of 2008
  23. 2986 core citations up to the end of 2008
  24. 2957 core citations up to the end of 2008
  25. 2946 core citations up to the end of 2008
  26. 2897 core citations up to the end of 2008
  27. 2892 core citations up to the end of 2008
  28. 2760 core citations up to the end of 2008
  29. 2671 core citations up to the end of 2008
  30. 2661 core citations up to the end of 2008
  31. 2628 core citations up to the end of 2008
  32. 2614 core citations up to the end of 2008
  33. 2553 core citations up to the end of 2008
  34. 2515 core citations up to the end of 2008
  35. 2512 core citations up to the end of 2008
  36. 2509 core citations up to the end of 2008
  37. 2505 core citations up to the end of 2008
  38. 2484 core citations up to the end of 2008
  39. 2482 core citations up to the end of 2008