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 2015-01-08. 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 2010 editions

38202 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. 7326 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. 6987 core citations up to the end of 2010
  3. 6196 core citations up to the end of 2010
  4. 4955 core citations up to the end of 2010
  5. 4855 core citations up to the end of 2010
  6. 4372 core citations up to the end of 2010
  7. 4218 core citations up to the end of 2010
  8. 4171 core citations up to the end of 2010
  9. 4150 core citations up to the end of 2010
  10. 4117 core citations up to the end of 2010
  11. 3738 core citations up to the end of 2010
  12. 3728 core citations up to the end of 2010
  13. 3723 core citations up to the end of 2010
  14. 3607 core citations up to the end of 2010
  15. 3516 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. 3391 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. 3385 core citations up to the end of 2010
  18. 3364 core citations up to the end of 2010
  19. 3329 core citations up to the end of 2010
  20. 3319 core citations up to the end of 2010
  21. 3299 core citations up to the end of 2010
  22. 3257 core citations up to the end of 2010
  23. 3232 core citations up to the end of 2010
  24. 3206 core citations up to the end of 2010
  25. 3164 core citations up to the end of 2010
  26. 3093 core citations up to the end of 2010
  27. 3048 core citations up to the end of 2010
  28. 3047 core citations up to the end of 2010
  29. 2969 core citations up to the end of 2010
  30. 2942 core citations up to the end of 2010
  31. 2785 core citations up to the end of 2010
  32. 2712 core citations up to the end of 2010
  33. 2685 core citations up to the end of 2010
  34. 2685 core citations up to the end of 2010
  35. 2649 core citations up to the end of 2010
  36. 2597 core citations up to the end of 2010
  37. 2595 core citations up to the end of 2010
  38. 2590 core citations up to the end of 2010
  39. 2574 core citations up to the end of 2010