Top Cited Articles of All Time (2015 edition) in astro-ph

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2015 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 2015 editions

2015 reports for eprints

  1. 9245 citations up to the end of 2015
  2. 8967 citations up to the end of 2015
  3. 7927 citations up to the end of 2015
  4. 7305 citations up to the end of 2015
  5. 6015 citations up to the end of 2015
  6. 5537 citations up to the end of 2015
  7. 4570 citations up to the end of 2015
  8. 4431 citations up to the end of 2015
    Planck 2013 results. XVI. Cosmological parameters
    Planck Collaboration (P.A.R. Ade (Cardiff U.) et al.). Mar 20, 2013. 66 pp.
    Published in Astron.Astrophys. 571 (2014) A16
    CERN-PH-TH-2013-129
    DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201321591
    e-Print: arXiv:1303.5076 [astro-ph.CO] | PDF

  9. 4315 citations up to the end of 2015
  10. 4007 citations up to the end of 2015
  11. 3767 citations up to the end of 2015
  12. 3706 citations up to the end of 2015
  13. 3488 citations up to the end of 2015
  14. 2871 citations up to the end of 2015
  15. 2766 citations up to the end of 2015
  16. 2511 citations up to the end of 2015
  17. 2500 citations up to the end of 2015
    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. 2377 citations up to the end of 2015
  19. 2292 citations up to the end of 2015
  20. 2209 citations up to the end of 2015
  21. 2201 citations up to the end of 2015
  22. 2053 citations up to the end of 2015
  23. 2048 citations up to the end of 2015
  24. 2012 citations up to the end of 2015
  25. 1966 citations up to the end of 2015
  26. 1950 citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  27. 1942 citations up to the end of 2015
  28. 1907 citations up to the end of 2015
  29. 1888 citations up to the end of 2015
  30. 1790 citations up to the end of 2015
  31. 1762 citations up to the end of 2015
  32. 1745 citations up to the end of 2015
  33. 1741 citations up to the end of 2015
  34. 1732 citations up to the end of 2015
  35. 1722 citations up to the end of 2015
  36. 1697 citations up to the end of 2015
  37. 1666 citations up to the end of 2015
  38. 1663 citations up to the end of 2015
  39. 1660 citations up to the end of 2015
  40. 1651 citations up to the end of 2015
  41. 1637 citations up to the end of 2015
  42. 1584 citations up to the end of 2015
  43. 1571 citations up to the end of 2015
  44. 1565 citations up to the end of 2015
  45. 1561 citations up to the end of 2015
  46. 1538 citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  47. 1517 citations up to the end of 2015
  48. 1511 citations up to the end of 2015
  49. 1501 citations up to the end of 2015
  50. 1471 citations up to the end of 2015
  51. 1466 citations up to the end of 2015
  52. 1454 citations up to the end of 2015
  53. 1452 citations up to the end of 2015
  54. 1438 citations up to the end of 2015
  55. 1408 citations up to the end of 2015
  56. 1398 citations up to the end of 2015
  57. 1395 citations up to the end of 2015
  58. 1394 citations up to the end of 2015
  59. 1375 citations up to the end of 2015
  60. 1308 citations up to the end of 2015
  61. 1290 citations up to the end of 2015
  62. 1259 citations up to the end of 2015
  63. 1249 citations up to the end of 2015
    Planck 2013 results. XXII. Constraints on inflation
    Planck Collaboration (P.A.R. Ade (Cardiff U.) et al.). Mar 20, 2013. 42 pp.
    Published in Astron.Astrophys. 571 (2014) A22
    CERN-PH-TH-2013-135
    DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201321569
    e-Print: arXiv:1303.5082 [astro-ph.CO] | PDF

  64. 1239 citations up to the end of 2015
  65. 1230 citations up to the end of 2015
  66. 1216 citations up to the end of 2015
  67. 1210 citations up to the end of 2015
  68. 1205 citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  69. 1202 citations up to the end of 2015
  70. 1178 citations up to the end of 2015
  71. 1172 citations up to the end of 2015
  72. 1168 citations up to the end of 2015
  73. 1166 citations up to the end of 2015
  74. 1162 citations up to the end of 2015
  75. 1161 citations up to the end of 2015
  76. 1154 citations up to the end of 2015
  77. 1139 citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  78. 1137 citations up to the end of 2015
  79. 1136 citations up to the end of 2015
  80. 1136 citations up to the end of 2015
  81. 1133 citations up to the end of 2015
  82. 1121 citations up to the end of 2015
  83. 1116 citations up to the end of 2015
  84. 1112 citations up to the end of 2015
  85. 1106 citations up to the end of 2015
  86. 1097 citations up to the end of 2015
  87. 1092 citations up to the end of 2015
  88. 1075 citations up to the end of 2015
  89. 1074 citations up to the end of 2015
  90. 1073 citations up to the end of 2015
  91. 1067 citations up to the end of 2015
  92. 1047 citations up to the end of 2015
  93. 1036 citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  94. 1036 citations up to the end of 2015
  95. 1034 citations up to the end of 2015
  96. 1033 citations up to the end of 2015
  97. 1027 citations up to the end of 2015
  98. 1025 citations up to the end of 2015
  99. 1024 citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  100. 1023 citations up to the end of 2015