Top Cited Articles of All Time (2011 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2011 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 2011 editions

41646 core citations up to the end of 2011PDG 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. 8198 core citations up to the end of 2011
    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. 7407 core citations up to the end of 2011
  3. 6591 core citations up to the end of 2011
  4. 5508 core citations up to the end of 2011
  5. 5327 core citations up to the end of 2011
  6. 4854 core citations up to the end of 2011
  7. 4543 core citations up to the end of 2011
  8. 4462 core citations up to the end of 2011
  9. 4438 core citations up to the end of 2011
  10. 4420 core citations up to the end of 2011
  11. 3925 core citations up to the end of 2011
  12. 3912 core citations up to the end of 2011
  13. 3865 core citations up to the end of 2011
  14. 3817 core citations up to the end of 2011
    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

  15. 3798 core citations up to the end of 2011
  16. 3775 core citations up to the end of 2011
  17. 3758 core citations up to the end of 2011
  18. 3647 core citations up to the end of 2011
  19. 3619 core citations up to the end of 2011
    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

  20. 3616 core citations up to the end of 2011
  21. 3543 core citations up to the end of 2011
  22. 3408 core citations up to the end of 2011
  23. 3391 core citations up to the end of 2011
  24. 3345 core citations up to the end of 2011
  25. 3325 core citations up to the end of 2011
  26. 3284 core citations up to the end of 2011
  27. 3240 core citations up to the end of 2011
  28. 3178 core citations up to the end of 2011
  29. 3076 core citations up to the end of 2011
  30. 3072 core citations up to the end of 2011
  31. 2964 core citations up to the end of 2011
  32. 2844 core citations up to the end of 2011
  33. 2835 core citations up to the end of 2011
  34. 2814 core citations up to the end of 2011
  35. 2797 core citations up to the end of 2011
  36. 2792 core citations up to the end of 2011
  37. 2791 core citations up to the end of 2011
  38. 2762 core citations up to the end of 2011
  39. 2759 core citations up to the end of 2011