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 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 2008 editions

32668 core citations up to the end of 2008PDG 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. 6571 core citations up to the end of 2008
  2. 5786 core citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  3. 5586 core citations up to the end of 2008
  4. 4048 core citations up to the end of 2008
  5. 3933 core citations up to the end of 2008
  6. 3819 core citations up to the end of 2008
  7. 3783 core citations up to the end of 2008
  8. 3673 core citations up to the end of 2008
  9. 3590 core citations up to the end of 2008
  10. 3550 core citations up to the end of 2008
  11. 3477 core citations up to the end of 2008
  12. 3455 core citations up to the end of 2008
  13. 3418 core citations up to the end of 2008
  14. 3337 core citations up to the end of 2008
  15. 3082 core citations up to the end of 2008
  16. 3056 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

  17. 3021 core citations up to the end of 2008
  18. 2989 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-ibid. 46 (1976) 206-206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  19. 2988 core citations up to the end of 2008
  20. 2983 core citations up to the end of 2008
  21. 2968 core citations up to the end of 2008
  22. 2866 core citations up to the end of 2008
  23. 2865 core citations up to the end of 2008
  24. 2820 core citations up to the end of 2008
  25. 2800 core citations up to the end of 2008
  26. 2795 core citations up to the end of 2008
  27. 2749 core citations up to the end of 2008
  28. 2724 core citations up to the end of 2008
  29. 2605 core citations up to the end of 2008
  30. 2595 core citations up to the end of 2008
  31. 2490 core citations up to the end of 2008
  32. 2476 core citations up to the end of 2008
  33. 2454 core citations up to the end of 2008
  34. 2443 core citations up to the end of 2008
  35. 2411 core citations up to the end of 2008
  36. 2395 core citations up to the end of 2008
  37. 2395 core citations up to the end of 2008
  38. 2378 core citations up to the end of 2008
  39. 2372 core citations up to the end of 2008