Top Cited Articles of All Time (2008 edition) in astro-ph

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2008 edition) in the astro-ph archive

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

2008 reports for eprints

  1. 5475 citations up to the end of 2008
  2. 4469 citations up to the end of 2008
  3. 4329 citations up to the end of 2008
  4. 4087 citations up to the end of 2008
  5. 3506 citations up to the end of 2008
  6. 2682 citations up to the end of 2008
  7. 2222 citations up to the end of 2008
  8. 1747 citations up to the end of 2008
  9. 1687 citations up to the end of 2008
  10. 1657 citations up to the end of 2008
  11. 1455 citations up to the end of 2008
  12. 1454 citations up to the end of 2008
  13. 1317 citations up to the end of 2008
  14. 1282 citations up to the end of 2008
  15. 1270 citations up to the end of 2008
  16. 1264 citations up to the end of 2008
  17. 1253 citations up to the end of 2008
  18. 1060 citations up to the end of 2008
  19. 1048 citations up to the end of 2008
  20. 1030 citations up to the end of 2008
  21. 995 citations up to the end of 2008
  22. 990 citations up to the end of 2008
    Star formation in galaxies along the Hubble sequence
    Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. (Arizona U., Astron. Dept. - Steward Observ.). Jul 1998. 41 pp.
    Published in Ann.Rev.Astron.Astrophys. 36 (1998) 189-231
    STEWARD-1454, STEWARD-OBSERVATORY-PREPRINT-1454
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev.astro.36.1.189
    e-Print: astro-ph/9807187 | PDF

  23. 956 citations up to the end of 2008
  24. 939 citations up to the end of 2008
  25. 921 citations up to the end of 2008
  26. 903 citations up to the end of 2008
  27. 879 citations up to the end of 2008
  28. 878 citations up to the end of 2008
  29. 865 citations up to the end of 2008
  30. 855 citations up to the end of 2008
  31. 849 citations up to the end of 2008
  32. 813 citations up to the end of 2008
  33. 802 citations up to the end of 2008
  34. 783 citations up to the end of 2008
  35. 779 citations up to the end of 2008
  36. 777 citations up to the end of 2008
  37. 776 citations up to the end of 2008
  38. 776 citations up to the end of 2008
  39. 772 citations up to the end of 2008
  40. 770 citations up to the end of 2008
    The Global Schmidt law in star forming galaxies
    Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. (Arizona U., Astron. Dept. - Steward Observ.). Dec 1997. 23 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 498 (1998) 541
    STEWARD-1419, STEWARD-OBSERVATORY-PREPRINT-1419
    DOI: 10.1086/305588
    e-Print: astro-ph/9712213 | PDF

  41. 735 citations up to the end of 2008
  42. 733 citations up to the end of 2008
  43. 725 citations up to the end of 2008
  44. 724 citations up to the end of 2008
  45. 721 citations up to the end of 2008
  46. 720 citations up to the end of 2008
  47. 720 citations up to the end of 2008
  48. 717 citations up to the end of 2008
  49. 703 citations up to the end of 2008
  50. 700 citations up to the end of 2008
  51. 693 citations up to the end of 2008
  52. 690 citations up to the end of 2008
  53. 690 citations up to the end of 2008
  54. 682 citations up to the end of 2008
    Dwarf galaxies of the Local Group
    Mario Mateo (Michigan U.). Oct 1998. 66 pp.
    Published in Ann.Rev.Astron.Astrophys. 36 (1998) 435-506
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev.astro.36.1.435
    e-Print: astro-ph/9810070 | PDF

  55. 679 citations up to the end of 2008
  56. 674 citations up to the end of 2008
    Hybrid inflation
    Andrei D. Linde (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Jul 1993. 11 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev. D49 (1994) 748-754
    SU-ITP-93-17
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.49.748
    e-Print: astro-ph/9307002 | PDF

  57. 666 citations up to the end of 2008
  58. 665 citations up to the end of 2008
  59. 665 citations up to the end of 2008
  60. 658 citations up to the end of 2008
    The u'g'r'i'z' Standard star system
    SDSS Collaboration (J.Allyn Smith et al.). Feb 2002. 50 pp.
    Published in Astron.J. 123 (2002) 2121-2144
    FERMILAB-PUB-02-022-A
    DOI: 10.1086/339311
    e-Print: astro-ph/0201143 | PDF

  61. 622 citations up to the end of 2008
  62. 610 citations up to the end of 2008
  63. 606 citations up to the end of 2008
  64. 606 citations up to the end of 2008
  65. 604 citations up to the end of 2008
  66. 603 citations up to the end of 2008
  67. 602 citations up to the end of 2008
    The Sloan digital sky survey photometric camera
    SDSS Collaboration (J.E. Gunn (Princeton U. Observ.) et al.). Sep 1998. 108 pp.
    Published in Astron.J. 116 (1998) 3040
    FERMILAB-PUB-98-419-CD, ICR-435-98-31, ICRR-REPORT-435-98-31, POPE-774
    DOI: 10.1086/300645
    e-Print: astro-ph/9809085 | PDF

  68. 597 citations up to the end of 2008
  69. 592 citations up to the end of 2008
  70. 591 citations up to the end of 2008
  71. 589 citations up to the end of 2008
  72. 582 citations up to the end of 2008
  73. 581 citations up to the end of 2008
  74. 581 citations up to the end of 2008
  75. 578 citations up to the end of 2008
  76. 577 citations up to the end of 2008
  77. 577 citations up to the end of 2008
  78. 564 citations up to the end of 2008
  79. 561 citations up to the end of 2008
  80. 557 citations up to the end of 2008
  81. 556 citations up to the end of 2008
  82. 554 citations up to the end of 2008
  83. 551 citations up to the end of 2008
  84. 549 citations up to the end of 2008
  85. 545 citations up to the end of 2008
    The Cold dark matter density perturbation
    Andrew R. Liddle (Sussex U.), David H. Lyth (Lancaster U.). Mar 1993. 128 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rept. 231 (1993) 1-105
    SUSSEX-AST-92-8-1-REV, LANC-TH-8-92-REV
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-1573(93)90114-S
    e-Print: astro-ph/9303019 | PDF

  86. 543 citations up to the end of 2008
  87. 542 citations up to the end of 2008
  88. 541 citations up to the end of 2008
  89. 540 citations up to the end of 2008
  90. 526 citations up to the end of 2008
  91. 524 citations up to the end of 2008
  92. 521 citations up to the end of 2008
  93. 515 citations up to the end of 2008
  94. 510 citations up to the end of 2008
  95. 508 citations up to the end of 2008
  96. 508 citations up to the end of 2008
  97. 502 citations up to the end of 2008
  98. 502 citations up to the end of 2008
  99. 502 citations up to the end of 2008
    The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission
    Swift Science Collaboration (N. Gehrels (NASA, Goddard) et al.). May 2004. 38 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 611 (2004) 1005-1020, Erratum: Astrophys.J. 621 (2005) 558
    DOI: 10.1086/422091, 10.1086/427409
    e-Print: astro-ph/0405233 | PDF

  100. 501 citations up to the end of 2008