Top Cited Articles of All Time (2002 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2002 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 2002 editions

21033 core citations up to the end of 2002PDG 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. 6323 core citations up to the end of 2002
  2. 4333 core citations up to the end of 2002
  3. 3434 core citations up to the end of 2002
  4. 3412 core citations up to the end of 2002
  5. 3101 core citations up to the end of 2002
  6. 2833 core citations up to the end of 2002
  7. 2794 core citations up to the end of 2002
  8. 2779 core citations up to the end of 2002
  9. 2730 core citations up to the end of 2002
  10. 2701 core citations up to the end of 2002
  11. 2616 core citations up to the end of 2002
  12. 2608 core citations up to the end of 2002
  13. 2483 core citations up to the end of 2002
  14. 2404 core citations up to the end of 2002
  15. 2377 core citations up to the end of 2002
  16. 2278 core citations up to the end of 2002
  17. 2242 core citations up to the end of 2002
  18. 2204 core citations up to the end of 2002
  19. 2183 core citations up to the end of 2002
  20. 2182 core citations up to the end of 2002
  21. 2099 core citations up to the end of 2002
  22. 2089 core citations up to the end of 2002
  23. 2047 core citations up to the end of 2002
  24. 2031 core citations up to the end of 2002
  25. 2024 core citations up to the end of 2002
  26. 2008 core citations up to the end of 2002
  27. 1966 core citations up to the end of 2002
  28. 1941 core citations up to the end of 2002
  29. 1887 core citations up to the end of 2002
    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

  30. 1877 core citations up to the end of 2002
  31. 1873 core citations up to the end of 2002
    Super Collider Physics
    E. Eichten (Fermilab), I. Hinchliffe (LBL, Berkeley), Kenneth D. Lane (Ohio State U.), C. Quigg (Fermilab). Feb 1984. 550 pp.
    Published in Rev.Mod.Phys. 56 (1984) 579-707, Addendum: Rev.Mod.Phys. 58 (1986) 1065-1073
    FERMILAB-PUB-84-017-T, LBL-16875, DOE-ER-01545-345
    DOI: 10.1103/RevModPhys.56.579, 10.1103/RevModPhys.58.1065

  32. 1868 core citations up to the end of 2002
    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

  33. 1868 core citations up to the end of 2002
  34. 1862 core citations up to the end of 2002
  35. 1829 core citations up to the end of 2002
  36. 1828 core citations up to the end of 2002
  37. 1803 core citations up to the end of 2002
  38. 1796 core citations up to the end of 2002
  39. 1753 core citations up to the end of 2002
    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