Top Cited Articles of All Time (2012 edition) in astro-ph

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2012 edition) in the astro-ph archive

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

2012 reports for eprints

  1. 7153 citations up to the end of 2012
  2. 7102 citations up to the end of 2012
  3. 6855 citations up to the end of 2012
  4. 6434 citations up to the end of 2012
  5. 5425 citations up to the end of 2012
  6. 3692 citations up to the end of 2012
  7. 3670 citations up to the end of 2012
  8. 3573 citations up to the end of 2012
  9. 3437 citations up to the end of 2012
  10. 3263 citations up to the end of 2012
  11. 2870 citations up to the end of 2012
  12. 2681 citations up to the end of 2012
  13. 2453 citations up to the end of 2012
  14. 2157 citations up to the end of 2012
  15. 2069 citations up to the end of 2012
  16. 2037 citations up to the end of 2012
  17. 1990 citations up to the end of 2012
    Star formation in galaxies along the Hubble sequence
    Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. (Arizona U., Astron. Dept. - Steward Observ.). Jul 1998. 41 pp.
    Published in Ann.Rev.Astron.Astrophys. 36 (1998) 189-231
    STEWARD-1454, STEWARD-OBSERVATORY-PREPRINT-1454
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev.astro.36.1.189
    e-Print: astro-ph/9807187 | PDF

  18. 1989 citations up to the end of 2012
  19. 1786 citations up to the end of 2012
  20. 1677 citations up to the end of 2012
  21. 1602 citations up to the end of 2012
  22. 1557 citations up to the end of 2012
    The Global Schmidt law in star forming galaxies
    Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr. (Arizona U., Astron. Dept. - Steward Observ.). Dec 1997. 23 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 498 (1998) 541
    STEWARD-1419, STEWARD-OBSERVATORY-PREPRINT-1419
    DOI: 10.1086/305588
    e-Print: astro-ph/9712213 | PDF

  23. 1544 citations up to the end of 2012
  24. 1539 citations up to the end of 2012
  25. 1538 citations up to the end of 2012
  26. 1535 citations up to the end of 2012
  27. 1487 citations up to the end of 2012
  28. 1432 citations up to the end of 2012
  29. 1414 citations up to the end of 2012
  30. 1408 citations up to the end of 2012
  31. 1407 citations up to the end of 2012
  32. 1397 citations up to the end of 2012
  33. 1364 citations up to the end of 2012
  34. 1338 citations up to the end of 2012
  35. 1319 citations up to the end of 2012
  36. 1270 citations up to the end of 2012
  37. 1270 citations up to the end of 2012
  38. 1265 citations up to the end of 2012
  39. 1262 citations up to the end of 2012
  40. 1246 citations up to the end of 2012
  41. 1234 citations up to the end of 2012
  42. 1232 citations up to the end of 2012
  43. 1209 citations up to the end of 2012
  44. 1206 citations up to the end of 2012
  45. 1201 citations up to the end of 2012
  46. 1171 citations up to the end of 2012
  47. 1151 citations up to the end of 2012
  48. 1148 citations up to the end of 2012
  49. 1141 citations up to the end of 2012
  50. 1141 citations up to the end of 2012
  51. 1126 citations up to the end of 2012
  52. 1110 citations up to the end of 2012
  53. 1094 citations up to the end of 2012
  54. 1074 citations up to the end of 2012
  55. 1067 citations up to the end of 2012
    The Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission
    Swift Science Collaboration (N. Gehrels (NASA, Goddard) et al.). May 2004. 38 pp.
    Published in Astrophys.J. 611 (2004) 1005-1020, Erratum: Astrophys.J. 621 (2005) 558
    DOI: 10.1086/427409, 10.1086/422091
    e-Print: astro-ph/0405233 | PDF

  56. 1065 citations up to the end of 2012
  57. 1059 citations up to the end of 2012
  58. 1042 citations up to the end of 2012
    Dwarf galaxies of the Local Group
    Mario Mateo (Michigan U.). Oct 1998. 66 pp.
    Published in Ann.Rev.Astron.Astrophys. 36 (1998) 435-506
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev.astro.36.1.435
    e-Print: astro-ph/9810070 | PDF

  59. 1034 citations up to the end of 2012
  60. 1018 citations up to the end of 2012
  61. 1013 citations up to the end of 2012
  62. 1010 citations up to the end of 2012
  63. 988 citations up to the end of 2012
  64. 975 citations up to the end of 2012
  65. 967 citations up to the end of 2012
  66. 961 citations up to the end of 2012
  67. 956 citations up to the end of 2012
  68. 952 citations up to the end of 2012
  69. 937 citations up to the end of 2012
  70. 931 citations up to the end of 2012
  71. 923 citations up to the end of 2012
  72. 921 citations up to the end of 2012
  73. 920 citations up to the end of 2012
  74. 914 citations up to the end of 2012
  75. 910 citations up to the end of 2012
  76. 908 citations up to the end of 2012
  77. 908 citations up to the end of 2012
    The host galaxies of AGN
    SDSS Collaboration (Guinevere Kauffmann et al.). Apr 2003. 44 pp.
    Published in Mon.Not.Roy.Astron.Soc. 346 (2003) 1055
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2003.07154.x
    e-Print: astro-ph/0304239 | PDF

  78. 898 citations up to the end of 2012
    The Sloan digital sky survey photometric camera
    SDSS Collaboration (J.E. Gunn (Princeton U. Observ.) et al.). Sep 1998. 108 pp.
    Published in Astron.J. 116 (1998) 3040
    FERMILAB-PUB-98-419-CD, ICR-435-98-31, ICRR-REPORT-435-98-31, POPE-774
    DOI: 10.1086/300645
    e-Print: astro-ph/9809085 | PDF

  79. 890 citations up to the end of 2012
  80. 883 citations up to the end of 2012
  81. 882 citations up to the end of 2012
  82. 881 citations up to the end of 2012
  83. 874 citations up to the end of 2012
    Hybrid inflation
    Andrei D. Linde (Stanford U., Phys. Dept.). Jul 1993. 11 pp.
    Published in Phys.Rev. D49 (1994) 748-754
    SU-ITP-93-17
    DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.49.748
    e-Print: astro-ph/9307002 | PDF

  84. 845 citations up to the end of 2012
  85. 844 citations up to the end of 2012
  86. 838 citations up to the end of 2012
  87. 836 citations up to the end of 2012
  88. 833 citations up to the end of 2012
  89. 824 citations up to the end of 2012
  90. 823 citations up to the end of 2012
  91. 823 citations up to the end of 2012
  92. 821 citations up to the end of 2012
  93. 819 citations up to the end of 2012
  94. 818 citations up to the end of 2012
  95. 817 citations up to the end of 2012
  96. 815 citations up to the end of 2012
  97. 810 citations up to the end of 2012
  98. 810 citations up to the end of 2012
  99. 808 citations up to the end of 2012
  100. 795 citations up to the end of 2012