Top Cited Articles of All Time (1986 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (1986 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 2019-12-29. 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 1986 editions

2604 core citations up to the end of 1986PDG 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. 3691 core citations up to the end of 1986
  2. 2201 core citations up to the end of 1986
  3. 1714 core citations up to the end of 1986
  4. 1528 core citations up to the end of 1986
  5. 1471 core citations up to the end of 1986
  6. 1312 core citations up to the end of 1986
  7. 1218 core citations up to the end of 1986
  8. 1196 core citations up to the end of 1986
  9. 1147 core citations up to the end of 1986
  10. 1077 core citations up to the end of 1986
  11. 1062 core citations up to the end of 1986
  12. 1056 core citations up to the end of 1986
  13. 1054 core citations up to the end of 1986
  14. 1037 core citations up to the end of 1986
    Experimental Observation of a Heavy Particle $J$
    E598 Collaboration (J.J. Aubert (MIT, LNS) et al.). Nov 1974. 9 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 33 (1974) 1404-1406
    COO-3069-271
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.33.1404

  15. 996 core citations up to the end of 1986
  16. 972 core citations up to the end of 1986
    Magnetic Monopoles in Unified Gauge Theories
    Gerard 't Hooft (CERN). May 1974. 9 pp.
    Published in Nucl.Phys. B79 (1974) 276-284
    CERN-TH-1876
    DOI: 10.1016/0550-3213(74)90486-6

  17. 968 core citations up to the end of 1986
  18. 950 core citations up to the end of 1986
    Discovery of a Narrow Resonance in $e^+ e^-$ Annihilation
    SLAC-SP-017 Collaboration (J.E. Augustin (SLAC) et al.). Nov 1974. 3 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 33 (1974) 1406-1408, Adv.Exp.Phys. 5 (1976) 141
    SLAC-PUB-1504, LBL-3391
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.33.1406

  19. 926 core citations up to the end of 1986
  20. 916 core citations up to the end of 1986
  21. 897 core citations up to the end of 1986
  22. 896 core citations up to the end of 1986
  23. 886 core citations up to the end of 1986
    Hierarchy of Interactions in Unified Gauge Theories
    H. Georgi, Helen R. Quinn, Steven Weinberg (Harvard U.). Aug 1974. 12 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev.Lett. 33 (1974) 451-454
    Print-74-1122 Rev. (HARVARD), PRINT-74-1122 (HARVARD)
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.33.451

  24. 872 core citations up to the end of 1986
  25. 844 core citations up to the end of 1986
  26. 841 core citations up to the end of 1986
  27. 833 core citations up to the end of 1986
  28. 829 core citations up to the end of 1986
  29. 827 core citations up to the end of 1986
  30. 810 core citations up to the end of 1986
  31. 805 core citations up to the end of 1986
  32. 786 core citations up to the end of 1986
  33. 780 core citations up to the end of 1986
  34. 774 core citations up to the end of 1986
  35. 757 core citations up to the end of 1986
  36. 741 core citations up to the end of 1986
  37. 740 core citations up to the end of 1986
  38. 732 core citations up to the end of 1986
  39. 724 core citations up to the end of 1986