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 2018-01-08. 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 2011 editions

43247 core citations up to the end of 2011PDG RPP has been unified. The most recent is shown.
Review of Particle Physics
Particle Data Group (C. Patrignani (Bologna U. & INFN, Bologna) et al.). 2016. 1808 pp.
Published in Chin.Phys. C40 (2016) no.10, 100001
DOI: 10.1088/1674-1137/40/10/100001

  1. 8365 core citations up to the end of 2011
  2. 7852 core citations up to the end of 2011
  3. 6836 core citations up to the end of 2011
  4. 5611 core citations up to the end of 2011
  5. 5434 core citations up to the end of 2011
    A Large mass hierarchy from a small extra dimension
    Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.). May 1999. 9 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 83 (1999) 3370-3373
    MIT-CTP-2860, PUPT-1860, BUHEP-99-9
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.3370
    e-Print: hep-ph/9905221 | PDF

  6. 4941 core citations up to the end of 2011
  7. 4723 core citations up to the end of 2011
  8. 4625 core citations up to the end of 2011
  9. 4606 core citations up to the end of 2011
  10. 4498 core citations up to the end of 2011
    An Alternative to compactification
    Lisa Randall (Princeton U. & MIT, LNS), Raman Sundrum (Boston U.). Jun 1999. 10 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 83 (1999) 4690-4693
    MIT-CTP-2874, PUPT-1867, BUHEP-99-13
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.4690
    e-Print: hep-th/9906064 | PDF

  11. 4114 core citations up to the end of 2011
  12. 4043 core citations up to the end of 2011
  13. 4037 core citations up to the end of 2011
  14. 3938 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: Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  15. 3879 core citations up to the end of 2011
  16. 3871 core citations up to the end of 2011
  17. 3836 core citations up to the end of 2011
  18. 3820 core citations up to the end of 2011
  19. 3797 core citations up to the end of 2011
  20. 3748 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. 3608 core citations up to the end of 2011
  22. 3597 core citations up to the end of 2011
  23. 3563 core citations up to the end of 2011
  24. 3461 core citations up to the end of 2011
  25. 3445 core citations up to the end of 2011
  26. 3388 core citations up to the end of 2011
  27. 3326 core citations up to the end of 2011
  28. 3263 core citations up to the end of 2011
  29. 3231 core citations up to the end of 2011
  30. 3197 core citations up to the end of 2011
  31. 2991 core citations up to the end of 2011
  32. 2978 core citations up to the end of 2011
  33. 2941 core citations up to the end of 2011
  34. 2938 core citations up to the end of 2011
  35. 2919 core citations up to the end of 2011
  36. 2898 core citations up to the end of 2011
  37. 2891 core citations up to the end of 2011
  38. 2849 core citations up to the end of 2011
  39. 2832 core citations up to the end of 2011