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 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 2010 editions

37636 core citations up to the end of 2010PDG 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. 7239 core citations up to the end of 2010
  2. 6872 core citations up to the end of 2010
  3. 6113 core citations up to the end of 2010
  4. 4894 core citations up to the end of 2010
  5. 4794 core citations up to the end of 2010
  6. 4328 core citations up to the end of 2010
  7. 4144 core citations up to the end of 2010
  8. 4121 core citations up to the end of 2010
  9. 4102 core citations up to the end of 2010
  10. 4043 core citations up to the end of 2010
  11. 3698 core citations up to the end of 2010
  12. 3690 core citations up to the end of 2010
  13. 3675 core citations up to the end of 2010
  14. 3574 core citations up to the end of 2010
  15. 3429 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, Erratum-ibid. 46 (1976) 206-206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  16. 3327 core citations up to the end of 2010
  17. 3319 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

  18. 3298 core citations up to the end of 2010
  19. 3274 core citations up to the end of 2010
  20. 3265 core citations up to the end of 2010
  21. 3242 core citations up to the end of 2010
  22. 3216 core citations up to the end of 2010
  23. 3198 core citations up to the end of 2010
  24. 3161 core citations up to the end of 2010
  25. 3098 core citations up to the end of 2010
  26. 3056 core citations up to the end of 2010
  27. 3013 core citations up to the end of 2010
  28. 3010 core citations up to the end of 2010
  29. 2925 core citations up to the end of 2010
  30. 2906 core citations up to the end of 2010
  31. 2754 core citations up to the end of 2010
  32. 2674 core citations up to the end of 2010
  33. 2658 core citations up to the end of 2010
  34. 2652 core citations up to the end of 2010
  35. 2625 core citations up to the end of 2010
  36. 2559 core citations up to the end of 2010
  37. 2546 core citations up to the end of 2010
  38. 2538 core citations up to the end of 2010
  39. 2535 core citations up to the end of 2010