Top Cited Articles of All Time (2015 edition) in astro-ph

The 100 most highly cited papers of All Time (2015 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 2015 editions

2015 reports for eprints

  1. 9317 citations up to the end of 2015
  2. 9036 citations up to the end of 2015
  3. 7994 citations up to the end of 2015
  4. 7313 citations up to the end of 2015
  5. 6048 citations up to the end of 2015
  6. 5595 citations up to the end of 2015
  7. 4597 citations up to the end of 2015
  8. 4492 citations up to the end of 2015
    Planck 2013 results. XVI. Cosmological parameters
    Planck Collaboration (P.A.R. Ade (Cardiff U.) et al.). Mar 20, 2013. 66 pp.
    Published in Astron.Astrophys. 571 (2014) A16
    CERN-PH-TH-2013-129
    DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201321591
    e-Print: arXiv:1303.5076 [astro-ph.CO] | PDF

  9. 4343 citations up to the end of 2015
  10. 4008 citations up to the end of 2015
  11. 3795 citations up to the end of 2015
  12. 3715 citations up to the end of 2015
  13. 3516 citations up to the end of 2015
  14. 2885 citations up to the end of 2015
  15. 2781 citations up to the end of 2015
  16. 2539 citations up to the end of 2015
  17. 2503 citations up to the end of 2015
    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. 2393 citations up to the end of 2015
  19. 2302 citations up to the end of 2015
  20. 2221 citations up to the end of 2015
  21. 2220 citations up to the end of 2015
  22. 2066 citations up to the end of 2015
  23. 2053 citations up to the end of 2015
  24. 2015 citations up to the end of 2015
  25. 1975 citations up to the end of 2015
  26. 1970 citations up to the end of 2015
  27. 1955 citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  28. 1913 citations up to the end of 2015
  29. 1907 citations up to the end of 2015
  30. 1797 citations up to the end of 2015
  31. 1765 citations up to the end of 2015
  32. 1756 citations up to the end of 2015
  33. 1747 citations up to the end of 2015
  34. 1741 citations up to the end of 2015
  35. 1734 citations up to the end of 2015
  36. 1716 citations up to the end of 2015
  37. 1707 citations up to the end of 2015
  38. 1682 citations up to the end of 2015
  39. 1678 citations up to the end of 2015
  40. 1669 citations up to the end of 2015
  41. 1640 citations up to the end of 2015
  42. 1593 citations up to the end of 2015
  43. 1584 citations up to the end of 2015
  44. 1578 citations up to the end of 2015
  45. 1572 citations up to the end of 2015
  46. 1545 citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  47. 1527 citations up to the end of 2015
  48. 1522 citations up to the end of 2015
  49. 1513 citations up to the end of 2015
  50. 1502 citations up to the end of 2015
  51. 1484 citations up to the end of 2015
  52. 1465 citations up to the end of 2015
  53. 1453 citations up to the end of 2015
  54. 1447 citations up to the end of 2015
  55. 1411 citations up to the end of 2015
  56. 1406 citations up to the end of 2015
  57. 1404 citations up to the end of 2015
  58. 1396 citations up to the end of 2015
  59. 1378 citations up to the end of 2015
  60. 1311 citations up to the end of 2015
  61. 1305 citations up to the end of 2015
  62. 1269 citations up to the end of 2015
  63. 1269 citations up to the end of 2015
  64. 1263 citations up to the end of 2015
    Planck 2013 results. XXII. Constraints on inflation
    Planck Collaboration (P.A.R. Ade (Cardiff U.) et al.). Mar 20, 2013. 42 pp.
    Published in Astron.Astrophys. 571 (2014) A22
    CERN-PH-TH-2013-135
    DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201321569
    e-Print: arXiv:1303.5082 [astro-ph.CO] | PDF

  65. 1237 citations up to the end of 2015
  66. 1223 citations up to the end of 2015
  67. 1222 citations up to the end of 2015
  68. 1220 citations up to the end of 2015
  69. 1212 citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  70. 1188 citations up to the end of 2015
  71. 1179 citations up to the end of 2015
  72. 1173 citations up to the end of 2015
  73. 1169 citations up to the end of 2015
  74. 1168 citations up to the end of 2015
  75. 1167 citations up to the end of 2015
  76. 1158 citations up to the end of 2015
  77. 1147 citations up to the end of 2015
  78. 1145 citations up to the end of 2015
  79. 1142 citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  80. 1141 citations up to the end of 2015
  81. 1141 citations up to the end of 2015
  82. 1136 citations up to the end of 2015
  83. 1123 citations up to the end of 2015
  84. 1118 citations up to the end of 2015
  85. 1114 citations up to the end of 2015
  86. 1106 citations up to the end of 2015
  87. 1097 citations up to the end of 2015
  88. 1083 citations up to the end of 2015
  89. 1081 citations up to the end of 2015
  90. 1077 citations up to the end of 2015
  91. 1072 citations up to the end of 2015
  92. 1056 citations up to the end of 2015
  93. 1046 citations up to the end of 2015
  94. 1043 citations up to the end of 2015
  95. 1042 citations up to the end of 2015
  96. 1037 citations up to the end of 2015
    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

  97. 1036 citations up to the end of 2015
  98. 1033 citations up to the end of 2015
  99. 1033 citations up to the end of 2015
  100. 1031 citations up to the end of 2015
    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