Top Cited Articles of All Time (2012 edition) in astro-ph

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2012 edition) in the astro-ph archive

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

2012 reports for eprints

  1. 7117 citations up to the end of 2012
  2. 7048 citations up to the end of 2012
  3. 6820 citations up to the end of 2012
  4. 6431 citations up to the end of 2012
  5. 5401 citations up to the end of 2012
  6. 3675 citations up to the end of 2012
  7. 3652 citations up to the end of 2012
  8. 3559 citations up to the end of 2012
  9. 3414 citations up to the end of 2012
  10. 3261 citations up to the end of 2012
  11. 2867 citations up to the end of 2012
  12. 2672 citations up to the end of 2012
  13. 2444 citations up to the end of 2012
  14. 2153 citations up to the end of 2012
  15. 2050 citations up to the end of 2012
  16. 2029 citations up to the end of 2012
  17. 1990 citations up to the end of 2012
    Star formation in galaxies along the Hubble sequence
    Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. (Arizona U., Astron. Dept. - Steward Observ.). Jul 1998. 41 pp.
    Published in Ann.Rev.Astron.Astrophys. 36 (1998) 189-231
    STEWARD-1454, STEWARD-OBSERVATORY-PREPRINT-1454
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev.astro.36.1.189
    e-Print: astro-ph/9807187 | PDF

  18. 1982 citations up to the end of 2012
  19. 1783 citations up to the end of 2012
  20. 1677 citations up to the end of 2012
  21. 1589 citations up to the end of 2012
  22. 1554 citations up to the end of 2012
    The Global Schmidt law in star forming galaxies
    Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. (Arizona U., Astron. Dept. - Steward Observ.). Dec 1997. 23 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 498 (1998) 541
    STEWARD-1419, STEWARD-OBSERVATORY-PREPRINT-1419
    DOI: 10.1086/305588
    e-Print: astro-ph/9712213 | PDF

  23. 1541 citations up to the end of 2012
  24. 1537 citations up to the end of 2012
  25. 1537 citations up to the end of 2012
  26. 1520 citations up to the end of 2012
  27. 1487 citations up to the end of 2012
  28. 1427 citations up to the end of 2012
  29. 1413 citations up to the end of 2012
  30. 1403 citations up to the end of 2012
  31. 1399 citations up to the end of 2012
  32. 1388 citations up to the end of 2012
  33. 1362 citations up to the end of 2012
  34. 1337 citations up to the end of 2012
  35. 1314 citations up to the end of 2012
  36. 1267 citations up to the end of 2012
  37. 1263 citations up to the end of 2012
  38. 1260 citations up to the end of 2012
  39. 1257 citations up to the end of 2012
  40. 1247 citations up to the end of 2012
  41. 1233 citations up to the end of 2012
  42. 1226 citations up to the end of 2012
  43. 1207 citations up to the end of 2012
  44. 1207 citations up to the end of 2012
  45. 1200 citations up to the end of 2012
  46. 1169 citations up to the end of 2012
  47. 1143 citations up to the end of 2012
  48. 1143 citations up to the end of 2012
  49. 1136 citations up to the end of 2012
  50. 1126 citations up to the end of 2012
  51. 1116 citations up to the end of 2012
  52. 1110 citations up to the end of 2012
  53. 1091 citations up to the end of 2012
  54. 1074 citations up to the end of 2012
  55. 1065 citations up to the end of 2012
    The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission
    Swift Science Collaboration (N. Gehrels (NASA, Goddard) et al.). May 2004. 38 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 611 (2004) 1005-1020, Erratum: Astrophys.J. 621 (2005) 558
    DOI: 10.1086/422091, 10.1086/427409
    e-Print: astro-ph/0405233 | PDF

  56. 1062 citations up to the end of 2012
  57. 1052 citations up to the end of 2012
  58. 1039 citations up to the end of 2012
    Dwarf galaxies of the Local Group
    Mario Mateo (Michigan U.). Oct 1998. 66 pp.
    Published in Ann.Rev.Astron.Astrophys. 36 (1998) 435-506
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev.astro.36.1.435
    e-Print: astro-ph/9810070 | PDF

  59. 1028 citations up to the end of 2012
  60. 1018 citations up to the end of 2012
  61. 1013 citations up to the end of 2012
  62. 1009 citations up to the end of 2012
  63. 979 citations up to the end of 2012
  64. 969 citations up to the end of 2012
  65. 963 citations up to the end of 2012
  66. 953 citations up to the end of 2012
  67. 951 citations up to the end of 2012
  68. 950 citations up to the end of 2012
  69. 933 citations up to the end of 2012
  70. 929 citations up to the end of 2012
  71. 921 citations up to the end of 2012
  72. 920 citations up to the end of 2012
    The u'g'r'i'z' Standard star system
    SDSS Collaboration (J.Allyn Smith et al.). Feb 2002. 50 pp.
    Published in Astron.J. 123 (2002) 2121-2144
    FERMILAB-PUB-02-022-A
    DOI: 10.1086/339311
    e-Print: astro-ph/0201143 | PDF

  73. 919 citations up to the end of 2012
  74. 911 citations up to the end of 2012
  75. 908 citations up to the end of 2012
    The host galaxies of AGN
    SDSS Collaboration (Guinevere Kauffmann et al.). Apr 2003. 44 pp.
    Published in Mon.Not.Roy.Astron.Soc. 346 (2003) 1055
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2003.07154.x
    e-Print: astro-ph/0304239 | PDF

  76. 904 citations up to the end of 2012
  77. 901 citations up to the end of 2012
  78. 898 citations up to the end of 2012
    The Sloan digital sky survey photometric camera
    SDSS Collaboration (J.E. Gunn (Princeton U. Observ.) et al.). Sep 1998. 108 pp.
    Published in Astron.J. 116 (1998) 3040
    FERMILAB-PUB-98-419-CD, ICR-435-98-31, ICRR-REPORT-435-98-31, POPE-774
    DOI: 10.1086/300645
    e-Print: astro-ph/9809085 | PDF

  79. 888 citations up to the end of 2012
  80. 880 citations up to the end of 2012
  81. 879 citations up to the end of 2012
  82. 879 citations up to the end of 2012
  83. 871 citations up to the end of 2012
    Hybrid inflation
    Andrei D. Linde (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Jul 1993. 11 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev. D49 (1994) 748-754
    SU-ITP-93-17
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.49.748
    e-Print: astro-ph/9307002 | PDF

  84. 845 citations up to the end of 2012
  85. 837 citations up to the end of 2012
  86. 834 citations up to the end of 2012
  87. 828 citations up to the end of 2012
  88. 824 citations up to the end of 2012
  89. 824 citations up to the end of 2012
  90. 822 citations up to the end of 2012
  91. 820 citations up to the end of 2012
  92. 819 citations up to the end of 2012
  93. 817 citations up to the end of 2012
  94. 815 citations up to the end of 2012
  95. 814 citations up to the end of 2012
  96. 811 citations up to the end of 2012
  97. 809 citations up to the end of 2012
  98. 806 citations up to the end of 2012
  99. 796 citations up to the end of 2012
  100. 791 citations up to the end of 2012