Top Cited Articles of All Time (2016 edition) in astro-ph

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2016 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 2016 editions

2016 reports for eprints

  1. 9953 citations up to the end of 2016
  2. 9734 citations up to the end of 2016
  3. 8138 citations up to the end of 2016
  4. 7463 citations up to the end of 2016
  5. 6169 citations up to the end of 2016
  6. 5865 citations up to the end of 2016
  7. 5229 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  8. 4909 citations up to the end of 2016
  9. 4464 citations up to the end of 2016
  10. 4188 citations up to the end of 2016
  11. 3867 citations up to the end of 2016
  12. 3852 citations up to the end of 2016
  13. 3765 citations up to the end of 2016
  14. 2968 citations up to the end of 2016
  15. 2967 citations up to the end of 2016
  16. 2820 citations up to the end of 2016
  17. 2647 citations up to the end of 2016
  18. 2594 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  19. 2570 citations up to the end of 2016
  20. 2439 citations up to the end of 2016
  21. 2395 citations up to the end of 2016
  22. 2384 citations up to the end of 2016
  23. 2239 citations up to the end of 2016
  24. 2211 citations up to the end of 2016
  25. 2170 citations up to the end of 2016
  26. 2149 citations up to the end of 2016
  27. 2092 citations up to the end of 2016
  28. 2075 citations up to the end of 2016
  29. 2043 citations up to the end of 2016
  30. 2004 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  31. 1926 citations up to the end of 2016
  32. 1859 citations up to the end of 2016
  33. 1824 citations up to the end of 2016
  34. 1817 citations up to the end of 2016
  35. 1807 citations up to the end of 2016
  36. 1798 citations up to the end of 2016
  37. 1765 citations up to the end of 2016
  38. 1763 citations up to the end of 2016
  39. 1733 citations up to the end of 2016
  40. 1722 citations up to the end of 2016
  41. 1717 citations up to the end of 2016
  42. 1716 citations up to the end of 2016
  43. 1700 citations up to the end of 2016
  44. 1695 citations up to the end of 2016
  45. 1693 citations up to the end of 2016
  46. 1689 citations up to the end of 2016
    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. 1677 citations up to the end of 2016
  48. 1643 citations up to the end of 2016
  49. 1605 citations up to the end of 2016
  50. 1604 citations up to the end of 2016
  51. 1598 citations up to the end of 2016
  52. 1591 citations up to the end of 2016
  53. 1570 citations up to the end of 2016
  54. 1539 citations up to the end of 2016
  55. 1506 citations up to the end of 2016
  56. 1485 citations up to the end of 2016
  57. 1483 citations up to the end of 2016
  58. 1464 citations up to the end of 2016
  59. 1429 citations up to the end of 2016
  60. 1413 citations up to the end of 2016
  61. 1405 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  62. 1385 citations up to the end of 2016
  63. 1383 citations up to the end of 2016
  64. 1357 citations up to the end of 2016
  65. 1353 citations up to the end of 2016
  66. 1340 citations up to the end of 2016
  67. 1317 citations up to the end of 2016
  68. 1309 citations up to the end of 2016
  69. 1291 citations up to the end of 2016
  70. 1275 citations up to the end of 2016
  71. 1272 citations up to the end of 2016
  72. 1263 citations up to the end of 2016
  73. 1239 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  74. 1227 citations up to the end of 2016
  75. 1217 citations up to the end of 2016
  76. 1217 citations up to the end of 2016
  77. 1212 citations up to the end of 2016
  78. 1207 citations up to the end of 2016
  79. 1185 citations up to the end of 2016
  80. 1181 citations up to the end of 2016
  81. 1180 citations up to the end of 2016
  82. 1179 citations up to the end of 2016
  83. 1174 citations up to the end of 2016
  84. 1170 citations up to the end of 2016
    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

  85. 1167 citations up to the end of 2016
  86. 1161 citations up to the end of 2016
  87. 1146 citations up to the end of 2016
  88. 1135 citations up to the end of 2016
  89. 1129 citations up to the end of 2016
  90. 1122 citations up to the end of 2016
  91. 1119 citations up to the end of 2016
  92. 1110 citations up to the end of 2016
  93. 1106 citations up to the end of 2016
  94. 1102 citations up to the end of 2016
  95. 1092 citations up to the end of 2016
  96. 1086 citations up to the end of 2016
  97. 1082 citations up to the end of 2016
  98. 1076 citations up to the end of 2016
  99. 1074 citations up to the end of 2016
  100. 1074 citations up to the end of 2016
    Planck 2013 results. I. Overview of products and scientific results
    Planck Collaboration (P.A.R. Ade (Cardiff U.) et al.). Mar 20, 2013. 48 pp.
    Published in Astron.Astrophys. 571 (2014) A1
    CERN-PH-TH-2013-115
    DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201321529
    e-Print: arXiv:1303.5062 [astro-ph.CO] | PDF