Top Cited Articles of All Time (2010 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2010 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 2010 editions

38592 core citations up to the end of 2010PDG 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. 7399 core citations up to the end of 2010
    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

  2. 7135 core citations up to the end of 2010
  3. 6282 core citations up to the end of 2010
  4. 4995 core citations up to the end of 2010
  5. 4895 core citations up to the end of 2010
  6. 4405 core citations up to the end of 2010
  7. 4249 core citations up to the end of 2010
  8. 4240 core citations up to the end of 2010
  9. 4219 core citations up to the end of 2010
  10. 4180 core citations up to the end of 2010
  11. 3787 core citations up to the end of 2010
  12. 3753 core citations up to the end of 2010
  13. 3747 core citations up to the end of 2010
  14. 3639 core citations up to the end of 2010
  15. 3554 core citations up to the end of 2010
    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

  16. 3441 core citations up to the end of 2010
    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. 3428 core citations up to the end of 2010
  18. 3400 core citations up to the end of 2010
  19. 3376 core citations up to the end of 2010
  20. 3371 core citations up to the end of 2010
  21. 3348 core citations up to the end of 2010
  22. 3278 core citations up to the end of 2010
  23. 3264 core citations up to the end of 2010
  24. 3229 core citations up to the end of 2010
  25. 3201 core citations up to the end of 2010
  26. 3111 core citations up to the end of 2010
  27. 3091 core citations up to the end of 2010
  28. 3067 core citations up to the end of 2010
  29. 3010 core citations up to the end of 2010
  30. 2985 core citations up to the end of 2010
  31. 2819 core citations up to the end of 2010
  32. 2734 core citations up to the end of 2010
  33. 2706 core citations up to the end of 2010
  34. 2703 core citations up to the end of 2010
  35. 2666 core citations up to the end of 2010
  36. 2628 core citations up to the end of 2010
  37. 2618 core citations up to the end of 2010
  38. 2603 core citations up to the end of 2010
  39. 2602 core citations up to the end of 2010