Top Cited Articles of All Time (2008 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2008 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 2008 editions

34681 core citations up to the end of 2008PDG 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. 7301 core citations up to the end of 2008
  2. 5966 core citations up to the end of 2008
  3. 5937 core citations up to the end of 2008
  4. 4242 core citations up to the end of 2008
  5. 4160 core citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  6. 4078 core citations up to the end of 2008
  7. 4034 core citations up to the end of 2008
  8. 3852 core citations up to the end of 2008
  9. 3793 core citations up to the end of 2008
  10. 3678 core citations up to the end of 2008
  11. 3673 core citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  12. 3612 core citations up to the end of 2008
  13. 3563 core citations up to the end of 2008
  14. 3535 core citations up to the end of 2008
  15. 3270 core citations up to the end of 2008
  16. 3237 core citations up to the end of 2008
  17. 3229 core citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  18. 3223 core citations up to the end of 2008
  19. 3213 core citations up to the end of 2008
  20. 3182 core citations up to the end of 2008
  21. 3127 core citations up to the end of 2008
    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

  22. 3120 core citations up to the end of 2008
  23. 3114 core citations up to the end of 2008
  24. 2996 core citations up to the end of 2008
  25. 2971 core citations up to the end of 2008
  26. 2918 core citations up to the end of 2008
  27. 2910 core citations up to the end of 2008
  28. 2783 core citations up to the end of 2008
  29. 2681 core citations up to the end of 2008
  30. 2673 core citations up to the end of 2008
  31. 2672 core citations up to the end of 2008
  32. 2647 core citations up to the end of 2008
  33. 2593 core citations up to the end of 2008
  34. 2591 core citations up to the end of 2008
  35. 2577 core citations up to the end of 2008
  36. 2570 core citations up to the end of 2008
  37. 2555 core citations up to the end of 2008
  38. 2517 core citations up to the end of 2008
  39. 2496 core citations up to the end of 2008