Top Cited Articles of All Time (2017 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2017 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 2017 editions

66472 core citations up to the end of 2017PDG 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. 13192 core citations up to the end of 2017
  2. 10251 core citations up to the end of 2017
  3. 9489 core citations up to the end of 2017
  4. 8873 core citations up to the end of 2017
  5. 8648 core citations up to the end of 2017
  6. 8507 core citations up to the end of 2017
  7. 8310 core citations up to the end of 2017
  8. 7996 core citations up to the end of 2017
  9. 7653 core citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  10. 7445 core citations up to the end of 2017
  11. 6762 core citations up to the end of 2017
  12. 6732 core citations up to the end of 2017
  13. 6636 core citations up to the end of 2017
  14. 6531 core citations up to the end of 2017
  15. 6145 core citations up to the end of 2017
  16. 6076 core citations up to the end of 2017
    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. 6035 core citations up to the end of 2017
  18. 5894 core citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  19. 5822 core citations up to the end of 2017
  20. 5620 core citations up to the end of 2017
  21. 5291 core citations up to the end of 2017
  22. 5289 core citations up to the end of 2017
  23. 5265 core citations up to the end of 2017
  24. 5150 core citations up to the end of 2017
    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. 5067 core citations up to the end of 2017
  26. 4989 core citations up to the end of 2017
  27. 4865 core citations up to the end of 2017
  28. 4717 core citations up to the end of 2017
  29. 4669 core citations up to the end of 2017
  30. 4668 core citations up to the end of 2017
  31. 4547 core citations up to the end of 2017
  32. 4510 core citations up to the end of 2017
  33. 4505 core citations up to the end of 2017
  34. 4357 core citations up to the end of 2017
    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

  35. 4351 core citations up to the end of 2017
  36. 4331 core citations up to the end of 2017
  37. 4321 core citations up to the end of 2017
  38. 4284 core citations up to the end of 2017
  39. 4271 core citations up to the end of 2017