Top Cited Articles of All Time (2016 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2016 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 2016 editions

61204 core citations up to the end of 2016PDG 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. 12272 core citations up to the end of 2016
  2. 9520 core citations up to the end of 2016
  3. 8428 core citations up to the end of 2016
  4. 8392 core citations up to the end of 2016
  5. 8066 core citations up to the end of 2016
  6. 7206 core citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  7. 7040 core citations up to the end of 2016
  8. 6995 core citations up to the end of 2016
  9. 6884 core citations up to the end of 2016
  10. 6613 core citations up to the end of 2016
  11. 6245 core citations up to the end of 2016
  12. 6189 core citations up to the end of 2016
  13. 6171 core citations up to the end of 2016
  14. 5754 core citations up to the end of 2016
  15. 5723 core citations up to the end of 2016
  16. 5632 core citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  17. 5623 core citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  18. 5401 core citations up to the end of 2016
  19. 5392 core citations up to the end of 2016
  20. 5135 core citations up to the end of 2016
  21. 4931 core citations up to the end of 2016
  22. 4779 core citations up to the end of 2016
  23. 4759 core citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  24. 4741 core citations up to the end of 2016
  25. 4713 core citations up to the end of 2016
  26. 4506 core citations up to the end of 2016
  27. 4504 core citations up to the end of 2016
  28. 4427 core citations up to the end of 2016
  29. 4260 core citations up to the end of 2016
  30. 4253 core citations up to the end of 2016
  31. 4222 core citations up to the end of 2016
  32. 4166 core citations up to the end of 2016
  33. 4151 core citations up to the end of 2016
  34. 4125 core citations up to the end of 2016
  35. 4106 core citations up to the end of 2016
  36. 4037 core citations up to the end of 2016
  37. 3954 core citations up to the end of 2016
  38. 3938 core citations up to the end of 2016
  39. 3888 core citations up to the end of 2016