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 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 2011 editions

40491 core citations up to the end of 2011PDG 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. 8004 core citations up to the end of 2011
  2. 7103 core citations up to the end of 2011
  3. 6397 core citations up to the end of 2011
  4. 5388 core citations up to the end of 2011
  5. 5206 core citations up to the end of 2011
  6. 4764 core citations up to the end of 2011
  7. 4417 core citations up to the end of 2011
  8. 4353 core citations up to the end of 2011
  9. 4310 core citations up to the end of 2011
  10. 4231 core citations up to the end of 2011
  11. 3849 core citations up to the end of 2011
  12. 3801 core citations up to the end of 2011
  13. 3791 core citations up to the end of 2011
  14. 3706 core citations up to the end of 2011
  15. 3683 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, Erratum-ibid. 46 (1976) 206-206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  16. 3672 core citations up to the end of 2011
  17. 3634 core citations up to the end of 2011
  18. 3529 core citations up to the end of 2011
  19. 3483 core citations up to the end of 2011
  20. 3464 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

  21. 3432 core citations up to the end of 2011
  22. 3335 core citations up to the end of 2011
  23. 3316 core citations up to the end of 2011
  24. 3265 core citations up to the end of 2011
  25. 3222 core citations up to the end of 2011
  26. 3197 core citations up to the end of 2011
  27. 3158 core citations up to the end of 2011
  28. 3114 core citations up to the end of 2011
  29. 2989 core citations up to the end of 2011
  30. 2988 core citations up to the end of 2011
  31. 2891 core citations up to the end of 2011
  32. 2782 core citations up to the end of 2011
  33. 2778 core citations up to the end of 2011
  34. 2765 core citations up to the end of 2011
  35. 2732 core citations up to the end of 2011
  36. 2716 core citations up to the end of 2011
  37. 2684 core citations up to the end of 2011
  38. 2674 core citations up to the end of 2011
  39. 2667 core citations up to the end of 2011