Top Cited Articles of All Time (2017 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2017 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 2018-12-30. 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 2017 editions

65799 core citations up to the end of 2017PDG RPP has been unified. The most recent is shown.
Review of Particle Physics
Particle Data Group (M. Tanabashi (Nagoya U. & KMI, Nagoya) et al.). 2018. 1898 pp.
Published in Phys.Rev. D98 (2018) no.3, 030001
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.98.030001

  1. 13102 core citations up to the end of 2017
    The Large N limit of superconformal field theories and supergravity
    Juan Martin Maldacena (Harvard U.). Nov 1997. 21 pp.
    Published in Int.J.Theor.Phys. 38 (1999) 1113-1133, Adv.Theor.Math.Phys. 2 (1998) 231-252
    HUTP-97-A097, HUTP-98-A097
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1026654312961, 10.4310/ATMP.1998.v2.n2.a1
    e-Print: hep-th/9711200 | PDF

  2. 10005 core citations up to the end of 2017
  3. 9260 core citations up to the end of 2017
  4. 8743 core citations up to the end of 2017
  5. 8601 core citations up to the end of 2017
  6. 8240 core citations up to the end of 2017
  7. 8057 core citations up to the end of 2017
  8. 7713 core citations up to the end of 2017
  9. 7599 core citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  10. 7405 core citations up to the end of 2017
  11. 6701 core citations up to the end of 2017
  12. 6605 core citations up to the end of 2017
  13. 6533 core citations up to the end of 2017
  14. 6392 core citations up to the end of 2017
  15. 6054 core citations up to the end of 2017
    Particle Creation by Black Holes
    S.W. Hawking (Cambridge U., DAMTP & Caltech). Aug 1975. 22 pp.
    Published in Commun.Math.Phys. 43 (1975) 199-220, Erratum: Commun.Math.Phys. 46 (1976) 206
    DOI: 10.1007/BF01608497, 10.1007/BF02345020

  16. 6040 core citations up to the end of 2017
  17. 6000 core citations up to the end of 2017
  18. 5869 core citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  19. 5797 core citations up to the end of 2017
  20. 5522 core citations up to the end of 2017
  21. 5209 core citations up to the end of 2017
  22. 5139 core citations up to the end of 2017
  23. 5081 core citations up to the end of 2017
  24. 5047 core citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  25. 5003 core citations up to the end of 2017
  26. 4968 core citations up to the end of 2017
  27. 4844 core citations up to the end of 2017
  28. 4693 core citations up to the end of 2017
  29. 4653 core citations up to the end of 2017
  30. 4635 core citations up to the end of 2017
  31. 4476 core citations up to the end of 2017
  32. 4443 core citations up to the end of 2017
  33. 4362 core citations up to the end of 2017
  34. 4307 core citations up to the end of 2017
  35. 4305 core citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  36. 4293 core citations up to the end of 2017
  37. 4290 core citations up to the end of 2017
  38. 4246 core citations up to the end of 2017
  39. 4149 core citations up to the end of 2017
    Parton distributions for the LHC
    A.D. Martin (Durham U., IPPP), W.J. Stirling (Cambridge U.), R.S. Thorne, G. Watt (University Coll. London). Jan 2009. 157 pp.
    Published in Eur.Phys.J. C63 (2009) 189-285
    IPPP-08-95, DCPT-08-190, CAVENDISH-HEP-08-16
    DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-009-1072-5
    e-Print: arXiv:0901.0002 [hep-ph] | PDF