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 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 2008 editions

32291 core citations up to the end of 2008PDG 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. 6477 core citations up to the end of 2008
  2. 5718 core citations up to the end of 2008
  3. 5525 core citations up to the end of 2008
  4. 3997 core citations up to the end of 2008
  5. 3882 core citations up to the end of 2008
  6. 3778 core citations up to the end of 2008
  7. 3728 core citations up to the end of 2008
  8. 3618 core citations up to the end of 2008
  9. 3550 core citations up to the end of 2008
  10. 3512 core citations up to the end of 2008
  11. 3438 core citations up to the end of 2008
  12. 3430 core citations up to the end of 2008
  13. 3382 core citations up to the end of 2008
  14. 3314 core citations up to the end of 2008
  15. 3045 core citations up to the end of 2008
  16. 3004 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. 2981 core citations up to the end of 2008
  18. 2953 core citations up to the end of 2008
  19. 2941 core citations up to the end of 2008
  20. 2929 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

  21. 2918 core citations up to the end of 2008
  22. 2834 core citations up to the end of 2008
  23. 2823 core citations up to the end of 2008
  24. 2782 core citations up to the end of 2008
  25. 2763 core citations up to the end of 2008
  26. 2759 core citations up to the end of 2008
  27. 2717 core citations up to the end of 2008
  28. 2696 core citations up to the end of 2008
  29. 2566 core citations up to the end of 2008
  30. 2564 core citations up to the end of 2008
  31. 2457 core citations up to the end of 2008
  32. 2445 core citations up to the end of 2008
  33. 2429 core citations up to the end of 2008
  34. 2399 core citations up to the end of 2008
  35. 2392 core citations up to the end of 2008
  36. 2375 core citations up to the end of 2008
  37. 2370 core citations up to the end of 2008
  38. 2340 core citations up to the end of 2008
  39. 2332 core citations up to the end of 2008