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 2016-01-04. 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

32985 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. 6704 core citations up to the end of 2008
  2. 5843 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. 5662 core citations up to the end of 2008
  4. 4074 core citations up to the end of 2008
  5. 3962 core citations up to the end of 2008
  6. 3896 core citations up to the end of 2008
  7. 3863 core citations up to the end of 2008
  8. 3695 core citations up to the end of 2008
  9. 3612 core citations up to the end of 2008
  10. 3611 core citations up to the end of 2008
  11. 3504 core citations up to the end of 2008
  12. 3478 core citations up to the end of 2008
  13. 3425 core citations up to the end of 2008
  14. 3362 core citations up to the end of 2008
  15. 3093 core citations up to the end of 2008
  16. 3091 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. 3043 core citations up to the end of 2008
  18. 3025 core citations up to the end of 2008
  19. 3017 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, Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  20. 3013 core citations up to the end of 2008
  21. 2996 core citations up to the end of 2008
  22. 2914 core citations up to the end of 2008
  23. 2880 core citations up to the end of 2008
  24. 2856 core citations up to the end of 2008
  25. 2839 core citations up to the end of 2008
  26. 2830 core citations up to the end of 2008
  27. 2781 core citations up to the end of 2008
  28. 2736 core citations up to the end of 2008
  29. 2628 core citations up to the end of 2008
  30. 2622 core citations up to the end of 2008
  31. 2509 core citations up to the end of 2008
  32. 2492 core citations up to the end of 2008
  33. 2485 core citations up to the end of 2008
  34. 2464 core citations up to the end of 2008
  35. 2425 core citations up to the end of 2008
  36. 2419 core citations up to the end of 2008
  37. 2410 core citations up to the end of 2008
  38. 2403 core citations up to the end of 2008
  39. 2392 core citations up to the end of 2008