Top Cited Articles of All Time (2012 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2012 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 2012 editions

46656 core citations up to the end of 2012PDG 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. 9125 core citations up to the end of 2012
  2. 8240 core citations up to the end of 2012
  3. 7178 core citations up to the end of 2012
  4. 6106 core citations up to the end of 2012
  5. 5831 core citations up to the end of 2012
    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. 5355 core citations up to the end of 2012
  7. 5047 core citations up to the end of 2012
  8. 4884 core citations up to the end of 2012
  9. 4798 core citations up to the end of 2012
  10. 4747 core citations up to the end of 2012
    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. 4327 core citations up to the end of 2012
  12. 4257 core citations up to the end of 2012
  13. 4256 core citations up to the end of 2012
  14. 4210 core citations up to the end of 2012
  15. 4207 core citations up to the end of 2012
    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

  16. 4185 core citations up to the end of 2012
  17. 4132 core citations up to the end of 2012
  18. 4053 core citations up to the end of 2012
  19. 4031 core citations up to the end of 2012
  20. 4026 core citations up to the end of 2012
  21. 3939 core citations up to the end of 2012
    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

  22. 3783 core citations up to the end of 2012
  23. 3769 core citations up to the end of 2012
  24. 3703 core citations up to the end of 2012
  25. 3576 core citations up to the end of 2012
  26. 3569 core citations up to the end of 2012
  27. 3542 core citations up to the end of 2012
  28. 3468 core citations up to the end of 2012
  29. 3412 core citations up to the end of 2012
  30. 3375 core citations up to the end of 2012
  31. 3298 core citations up to the end of 2012
  32. 3266 core citations up to the end of 2012
  33. 3152 core citations up to the end of 2012
  34. 3128 core citations up to the end of 2012
  35. 3116 core citations up to the end of 2012
  36. 3099 core citations up to the end of 2012
  37. 3096 core citations up to the end of 2012
  38. 3086 core citations up to the end of 2012
  39. 3051 core citations up to the end of 2012