Top Cited Articles of All Time (2011 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2011 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 2011 editions

43904 core citations up to the end of 2011PDG 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. 8413 core citations up to the end of 2011
  2. 8101 core citations up to the end of 2011
  3. 6942 core citations up to the end of 2011
  4. 5641 core citations up to the end of 2011
  5. 5484 core citations up to the end of 2011
    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. 4963 core citations up to the end of 2011
  7. 4895 core citations up to the end of 2011
  8. 4689 core citations up to the end of 2011
  9. 4684 core citations up to the end of 2011
  10. 4531 core citations up to the end of 2011
    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

  11. 4203 core citations up to the end of 2011
  12. 4139 core citations up to the end of 2011
  13. 4062 core citations up to the end of 2011
  14. 3970 core citations up to the end of 2011
  15. 3965 core citations up to the end of 2011
    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. 3891 core citations up to the end of 2011
  17. 3874 core citations up to the end of 2011
  18. 3870 core citations up to the end of 2011
  19. 3851 core citations up to the end of 2011
  20. 3799 core citations up to the end of 2011
    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

  21. 3657 core citations up to the end of 2011
  22. 3621 core citations up to the end of 2011
  23. 3606 core citations up to the end of 2011
  24. 3514 core citations up to the end of 2011
  25. 3472 core citations up to the end of 2011
  26. 3471 core citations up to the end of 2011
  27. 3420 core citations up to the end of 2011
  28. 3356 core citations up to the end of 2011
  29. 3309 core citations up to the end of 2011
  30. 3224 core citations up to the end of 2011
  31. 3050 core citations up to the end of 2011
  32. 3038 core citations up to the end of 2011
  33. 3015 core citations up to the end of 2011
  34. 3005 core citations up to the end of 2011
  35. 2963 core citations up to the end of 2011
  36. 2929 core citations up to the end of 2011
  37. 2920 core citations up to the end of 2011
  38. 2912 core citations up to the end of 2011
  39. 2909 core citations up to the end of 2011