Top Cited Articles of All Time (2003 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2003 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 2003 editions

23115 core citations up to the end of 2003PDG 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. 6459 core citations up to the end of 2003
  2. 4592 core citations up to the end of 2003
  3. 3546 core citations up to the end of 2003
  4. 3462 core citations up to the end of 2003
  5. 3246 core citations up to the end of 2003
  6. 3019 core citations up to the end of 2003
  7. 2965 core citations up to the end of 2003
  8. 2916 core citations up to the end of 2003
  9. 2872 core citations up to the end of 2003
  10. 2866 core citations up to the end of 2003
  11. 2771 core citations up to the end of 2003
  12. 2746 core citations up to the end of 2003
  13. 2566 core citations up to the end of 2003
  14. 2525 core citations up to the end of 2003
  15. 2510 core citations up to the end of 2003
  16. 2499 core citations up to the end of 2003
  17. 2341 core citations up to the end of 2003
  18. 2286 core citations up to the end of 2003
  19. 2274 core citations up to the end of 2003
  20. 2263 core citations up to the end of 2003
  21. 2222 core citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  22. 2187 core citations up to the end of 2003
  23. 2182 core citations up to the end of 2003
  24. 2173 core citations up to the end of 2003
  25. 2143 core citations up to the end of 2003
  26. 2140 core citations up to the end of 2003
  27. 2105 core citations up to the end of 2003
  28. 2085 core citations up to the end of 2003
  29. 2077 core citations up to the end of 2003
  30. 2061 core citations up to the end of 2003
  31. 2025 core citations up to the end of 2003
  32. 2020 core citations up to the end of 2003
    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. 1957 core citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  34. 1936 core citations up to the end of 2003
  35. 1934 core citations up to the end of 2003
  36. 1926 core citations up to the end of 2003
  37. 1893 core citations up to the end of 2003
    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

  38. 1890 core citations up to the end of 2003
  39. 1882 core citations up to the end of 2003
    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