Top Cited Articles of All Time (2015 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2015 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 2015 editions

58561 core citations up to the end of 2015PDG 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. 11557 core citations up to the end of 2015
  2. 9669 core citations up to the end of 2015
  3. 8328 core citations up to the end of 2015
  4. 7623 core citations up to the end of 2015
  5. 7617 core citations up to the end of 2015
  6. 6966 core citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  7. 6629 core citations up to the end of 2015
  8. 6257 core citations up to the end of 2015
  9. 6093 core citations up to the end of 2015
  10. 6009 core citations up to the end of 2015
  11. 5947 core citations up to the end of 2015
  12. 5795 core citations up to the end of 2015
  13. 5793 core citations up to the end of 2015
  14. 5652 core citations up to the end of 2015
  15. 5650 core citations up to the end of 2015
  16. 5477 core citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  17. 5289 core citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  18. 5153 core citations up to the end of 2015
  19. 4937 core citations up to the end of 2015
  20. 4892 core citations up to the end of 2015
  21. 4798 core citations up to the end of 2015
  22. 4756 core citations up to the end of 2015
  23. 4740 core citations up to the end of 2015
  24. 4646 core citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  25. 4617 core citations up to the end of 2015
  26. 4531 core citations up to the end of 2015
  27. 4392 core citations up to the end of 2015
  28. 4318 core citations up to the end of 2015
  29. 4209 core citations up to the end of 2015
  30. 4047 core citations up to the end of 2015
  31. 4037 core citations up to the end of 2015
  32. 4036 core citations up to the end of 2015
  33. 3940 core citations up to the end of 2015
  34. 3936 core citations up to the end of 2015
  35. 3881 core citations up to the end of 2015
  36. 3842 core citations up to the end of 2015
  37. 3827 core citations up to the end of 2015
  38. 3761 core citations up to the end of 2015
  39. 3727 core citations up to the end of 2015