Top Cited Articles of All Time (2008 edition) in hep-th

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2008 edition) in the hep-th 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. 6105 citations up to the end of 2008
  2. 4129 citations up to the end of 2008
  3. 3836 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

  4. 3640 citations up to the end of 2008
  5. 2597 citations up to the end of 2008
  6. 2201 citations up to the end of 2008
  7. 2089 citations up to the end of 2008
  8. 2010 citations up to the end of 2008
  9. 1884 citations up to the end of 2008
  10. 1883 citations up to the end of 2008
  11. 1705 citations up to the end of 2008
  12. 1503 citations up to the end of 2008
  13. 1393 citations up to the end of 2008
  14. 1391 citations up to the end of 2008
  15. 1299 citations up to the end of 2008
  16. 1268 citations up to the end of 2008
  17. 1253 citations up to the end of 2008
  18. 1166 citations up to the end of 2008
  19. 1143 citations up to the end of 2008
    The World as a hologram
    Leonard Susskind (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Sep 1994. 38 pp.
    Published in J.Math.Phys. 36 (1995) 6377-6396
    SU-ITP-94-33
    DOI: 10.1063/1.531249
    e-Print: hep-th/9409089 | PDF

  20. 1140 citations up to the end of 2008
  21. 1118 citations up to the end of 2008
  22. 1094 citations up to the end of 2008
  23. 1089 citations up to the end of 2008
    Complex Spinors and Unified Theories
    Murray Gell-Mann (CERN), Pierre Ramond (Caltech), Richard Slansky (Los Alamos). 1979. 7 pp.
    Published in Conf.Proc. C790927 (1979) 315-321
    PRINT-80-0576
    Prepared for Conference: C79-09-27 (Stony Brook Wkshp.1979:0315)
    e-Print: arXiv:1306.4669 [hep-th] | PDF

  24. 1058 citations up to the end of 2008
  25. 1024 citations up to the end of 2008
  26. 987 citations up to the end of 2008
  27. 971 citations up to the end of 2008
    Cosmology and the Fate of Dilatation Symmetry
    C. Wetterich (DESY). Sep 29, 1987. 29 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B302 (1988) 668-696
    PRINT-87-0756, DESY-87-123
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(88)90193-9
    e-Print: arXiv:1711.03844 [hep-th] | PDF

  28. 971 citations up to the end of 2008
  29. 970 citations up to the end of 2008
  30. 921 citations up to the end of 2008
  31. 898 citations up to the end of 2008
    Out of this world supersymmetry breaking
    Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.). Oct 1998. 42 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B557 (1999) 79-118
    MIT-CTP-2788, PUPT-1815, BUHEP-98-26
    DOI: 10.1016/S0550-3213(99)00359-4
    e-Print: hep-th/9810155 | PDF

  32. 878 citations up to the end of 2008
  33. 844 citations up to the end of 2008
  34. 817 citations up to the end of 2008
  35. 798 citations up to the end of 2008
  36. 788 citations up to the end of 2008
  37. 784 citations up to the end of 2008
  38. 766 citations up to the end of 2008
  39. 740 citations up to the end of 2008
  40. 739 citations up to the end of 2008
    Dielectric branes
    Robert C. Myers (Santa Barbara, KITP & McGill U.). Oct 1999. 32 pp.
    Published in JHEP 9912 (1999) 022
    MCGILL-99-27, NSF-ITP-99-113
    DOI: 10.1088/1126-6708/1999/12/022
    e-Print: hep-th/9910053 | PDF

  41. 738 citations up to the end of 2008
  42. 725 citations up to the end of 2008
    Evidence for F theory
    Cumrun Vafa (Harvard U.). Feb 1996. 18 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B469 (1996) 403-418
    HUTP-96-A004
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(96)00172-1
    e-Print: hep-th/9602022 | PDF

  43. 701 citations up to the end of 2008
  44. 676 citations up to the end of 2008
    Quantum field theory on noncommutative spaces
    Richard J. Szabo (Heriot-Watt U.). Sep 2001. 103 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rept. 378 (2003) 207-299
    HWM-01-35, EMPG-01-14
    DOI: 10.1016/S0370-1573(03)00059-0
    Invited talk at Conference: C01-07-16
    e-Print: hep-th/0109162 | PDF

  45. 662 citations up to the end of 2008
    Phases of N=2 theories in two-dimensions
    Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study). Jan 1993. 93 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B403 (1993) 159-222, AMS/IP Stud.Adv.Math. 1 (1996) 143-211
    IASSNS-HEP-93-3
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(93)90033-L
    e-Print: hep-th/9301042 | PDF

  46. 660 citations up to the end of 2008
  47. 654 citations up to the end of 2008
  48. 649 citations up to the end of 2008
  49. 644 citations up to the end of 2008
  50. 634 citations up to the end of 2008
  51. 633 citations up to the end of 2008
    String solitons
    M.J. Duff (Newton Inst. Math. Sci., Cambridge & Texas A-M), Ramzi R. Khuri (McGill U. & CERN), J.X. Lu (Texas A-M). Dec 1994. 150 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rept. 259 (1995) 213-326
    NI-94017, CTP-TAMU-67-92, MCGILL-94-53, CERN-TH-7542-94
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-1573(95)00002-X
    e-Print: hep-th/9412184 | PDF

  52. 621 citations up to the end of 2008
  53. 619 citations up to the end of 2008
  54. 607 citations up to the end of 2008
  55. 596 citations up to the end of 2008
  56. 587 citations up to the end of 2008
  57. 583 citations up to the end of 2008
  58. 582 citations up to the end of 2008
  59. 574 citations up to the end of 2008
  60. 571 citations up to the end of 2008
  61. 569 citations up to the end of 2008
  62. 565 citations up to the end of 2008
  63. 564 citations up to the end of 2008
    An Early Proposal of 'Brane World'
    K. Akama (Saitama Medical Coll.). 1982. 5 pp.
    Published in Lect.Notes Phys. 176 (1982) 267-271
    SMC-PHYS-66, SMC-PHYS-160
    Published in the proceedings of Conference: C82-08-20, p., 267-271 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/0001113 | PDF

  64. 563 citations up to the end of 2008
    Branes within branes
    Michael R. Douglas (Rutgers U., Piscataway). Dec 1995. 10 pp.
    Published in In *Cargese 1997, Strings, branes and dualities* 267-275
    RU-95-92
    Prepared for Conference: C97-05-26.4, p.267-275 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9512077 | PDF

  65. 561 citations up to the end of 2008
  66. 557 citations up to the end of 2008
  67. 548 citations up to the end of 2008
    One Loop Threshold Effects in String Unification
    Vadim S. Kaplunovsky (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Dec 1987. 12 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B307 (1988) 145-156, Erratum: Nucl.Phys. B382 (1992) 436-438
    ITP-838-STANFORD
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(92)90193-F, 10.1016/0550-3213(88)90526-3
    e-Print: hep-th/9205068 | PDF

  68. 548 citations up to the end of 2008
  69. 536 citations up to the end of 2008
  70. 535 citations up to the end of 2008
    CFT's from Calabi-Yau four folds
    Sergei Gukov (Princeton U.), Cumrun Vafa (Harvard U.), Edward Witten (Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study). Jun 1999. 49 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B584 (2000) 69-108, Erratum: Nucl.Phys. B608 (2001) 477-478
    HUTP-99-A034, IASSNS-HEP-99-52, PUPT-1864
    DOI: 10.1016/S0550-3213(00)00373-4, 10.1016/S0550-3213(01)00289-9
    e-Print: hep-th/9906070 | PDF

  71. 525 citations up to the end of 2008
  72. 525 citations up to the end of 2008
  73. 516 citations up to the end of 2008
  74. 515 citations up to the end of 2008
  75. 514 citations up to the end of 2008
  76. 514 citations up to the end of 2008
    The Anthropic landscape of string theory
    Leonard Susskind (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Feb 2003. 21 pp.
    Published in In *Carr, Bernard (ed.): Universe or multiverse?* 247-266
    e-Print: hep-th/0302219 | PDF

  77. 513 citations up to the end of 2008
  78. 512 citations up to the end of 2008
  79. 512 citations up to the end of 2008
  80. 511 citations up to the end of 2008
  81. 510 citations up to the end of 2008
  82. 507 citations up to the end of 2008
  83. 507 citations up to the end of 2008
  84. 506 citations up to the end of 2008
    Lectures on supersymmetric gauge theories and electric-magnetic duality
    Kenneth A. Intriligator, N. Seiberg (Rutgers U., Piscataway & Princeton, Inst. Advanced Study). Mar 1995. 44 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys.Proc.Suppl. 45BC (1996) 1-28, Subnucl.Ser. 34 (1997) 237-299
    RU-95-48, IASSNS-HEP-95-70
    DOI: 10.1016/0920-5632(95)00626-5
    Conference: C96-07-03, Conference: C95-03-27, Conference: C95-06-04.1, p.223-266, Conference: C95-06-12.1, p.25-65, Conference: C95-07-11.2, p.161-199, Conference: C96-03-18.1, p.157-183 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9509066 | PDF

  85. 504 citations up to the end of 2008
    An SL(2,Z) multiplet of type IIB superstrings
    John H. Schwarz (Caltech). Aug 1995. 12 pp.
    Published in Phys.Lett. B360 (1995) 13-18, Erratum: Phys.Lett. B364 (1995) 252
    CALT-68-2013
    DOI: 10.1016/0370-2693(95)01138-G, 10.1016/0370-2693(95)01405-5
    e-Print: hep-th/9508143 | PDF

  86. 498 citations up to the end of 2008
  87. 495 citations up to the end of 2008
  88. 495 citations up to the end of 2008
    Matrix string theory
    Robbert Dijkgraaf (Amsterdam U.), Erik P. Verlinde (CERN & Utrecht U.), Herman L. Verlinde (Amsterdam U.). Mar 1997. 18 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B500 (1997) 43-61
    CERN-TH-97-034, CERN-TH-97-34, THU-97-06, UTFA-97-06
    DOI: 10.1016/S0550-3213(97)00326-X
    e-Print: hep-th/9703030 | PDF

  89. 493 citations up to the end of 2008
  90. 492 citations up to the end of 2008
  91. 491 citations up to the end of 2008
    NonBPS states and Branes in string theory
    Ashoke Sen (Harish-Chandra Res. Inst.). Jan 1999. 53 pp.
    MRI-PHY-P990411
    Talk given at Conference: C99-07-26.3, p.187-234, Talk given at Conference: C99-05-24.2, Talk given at Conference: C99-01-25 (branes* 45-96), p.45-96 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9904207 | PDF

  92. 489 citations up to the end of 2008
  93. 487 citations up to the end of 2008
  94. 486 citations up to the end of 2008
  95. 486 citations up to the end of 2008
    A Stress tensor for Anti-de Sitter gravity
    Vijay Balasubramanian (Harvard U. & UC, Santa Barbara), Per Kraus (Chicago U., EFI). Feb 1999. 19 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 208 (1999) 413-428
    HUTP-99-A002, EFI-99-6, NSF-ITP-98-132
    DOI: 10.1007/s002200050764
    e-Print: hep-th/9902121 | PDF

  96. 483 citations up to the end of 2008
  97. 480 citations up to the end of 2008
  98. 477 citations up to the end of 2008
  99. 465 citations up to the end of 2008
    Lectures on superstring and M theory dualities: Given at ICTP Spring School and at TASI Summer School
    John H. Schwarz (Caltech). Mar 1996. 66 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys.Proc.Suppl. 55B (1997) 1-32
    CALT-68-2065
    DOI: 10.1016/S0920-5632(97)00070-4
    Lectures given at Conference: C96-06-02, Lectures given at Conference: C96-03-18.1 Proceedings
    e-Print: hep-th/9607201 | PDF

  100. 458 citations up to the end of 2008