Top Cited Articles of All Time (2012 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2012 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 2012 editions

47408 core citations up to the end of 2012PDG 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. 9186 core citations up to the end of 2012
  2. 8510 core citations up to the end of 2012
  3. 7297 core citations up to the end of 2012
  4. 6141 core citations up to the end of 2012
  5. 5891 core citations up to the end of 2012
    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. 5383 core citations up to the end of 2012
  7. 5243 core citations up to the end of 2012
  8. 4949 core citations up to the end of 2012
  9. 4895 core citations up to the end of 2012
  10. 4785 core citations up to the end of 2012
    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. 4351 core citations up to the end of 2012
  12. 4342 core citations up to the end of 2012
  13. 4318 core citations up to the end of 2012
  14. 4273 core citations up to the end of 2012
  15. 4241 core citations up to the end of 2012
  16. 4240 core citations up to the end of 2012
    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

  17. 4212 core citations up to the end of 2012
  18. 4128 core citations up to the end of 2012
  19. 4118 core citations up to the end of 2012
  20. 4109 core citations up to the end of 2012
  21. 3999 core citations up to the end of 2012
    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. 3821 core citations up to the end of 2012
  23. 3806 core citations up to the end of 2012
  24. 3751 core citations up to the end of 2012
  25. 3629 core citations up to the end of 2012
  26. 3610 core citations up to the end of 2012
  27. 3579 core citations up to the end of 2012
  28. 3540 core citations up to the end of 2012
  29. 3499 core citations up to the end of 2012
  30. 3484 core citations up to the end of 2012
  31. 3461 core citations up to the end of 2012
  32. 3297 core citations up to the end of 2012
  33. 3279 core citations up to the end of 2012
  34. 3236 core citations up to the end of 2012
  35. 3206 core citations up to the end of 2012
  36. 3150 core citations up to the end of 2012
  37. 3125 core citations up to the end of 2012
  38. 3113 core citations up to the end of 2012
  39. 3075 core citations up to the end of 2012