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 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 2012 editions

43408 core citations up to the end of 2012PDG 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. 8701 core citations up to the end of 2012
  2. 7390 core citations up to the end of 2012
  3. 6669 core citations up to the end of 2012
  4. 5852 core citations up to the end of 2012
  5. 5565 core citations up to the end of 2012
  6. 5159 core citations up to the end of 2012
  7. 4652 core citations up to the end of 2012
  8. 4584 core citations up to the end of 2012
  9. 4469 core citations up to the end of 2012
  10. 4463 core citations up to the end of 2012
  11. 4076 core citations up to the end of 2012
  12. 4009 core citations up to the end of 2012
  13. 4006 core citations up to the end of 2012
  14. 3917 core citations up to the end of 2012
  15. 3910 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-ibid. 46 (1976) 206-206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF02345020

  16. 3897 core citations up to the end of 2012
  17. 3874 core citations up to the end of 2012
  18. 3849 core citations up to the end of 2012
  19. 3739 core citations up to the end of 2012
  20. 3676 core citations up to the end of 2012
  21. 3602 core citations up to the end of 2012
  22. 3599 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

  23. 3461 core citations up to the end of 2012
  24. 3433 core citations up to the end of 2012
  25. 3356 core citations up to the end of 2012
  26. 3350 core citations up to the end of 2012
  27. 3290 core citations up to the end of 2012
  28. 3286 core citations up to the end of 2012
  29. 3252 core citations up to the end of 2012
  30. 3192 core citations up to the end of 2012
  31. 3051 core citations up to the end of 2012
  32. 3048 core citations up to the end of 2012
  33. 2997 core citations up to the end of 2012
  34. 2985 core citations up to the end of 2012
  35. 2883 core citations up to the end of 2012
  36. 2877 core citations up to the end of 2012
  37. 2842 core citations up to the end of 2012
  38. 2818 core citations up to the end of 2012
  39. 2816 core citations up to the end of 2012