Top Cited Articles of All Time (2018 edition)

The 40 most highly cited papers of All Time (2018 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 2018 editions

70231 core citations up to the end of 2018PDG 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. 14011 core citations up to the end of 2018
  2. 10517 core citations up to the end of 2018
  3. 10122 core citations up to the end of 2018
  4. 9445 core citations up to the end of 2018
  5. 9238 core citations up to the end of 2018
  6. 9132 core citations up to the end of 2018
  7. 9098 core citations up to the end of 2018
  8. 8961 core citations up to the end of 2018
  9. 7934 core citations up to the end of 2018
    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. 7841 core citations up to the end of 2018
  11. 7209 core citations up to the end of 2018
  12. 7165 core citations up to the end of 2018
  13. 7046 core citations up to the end of 2018
  14. 6977 core citations up to the end of 2018
  15. 6529 core citations up to the end of 2018
    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

  16. 6358 core citations up to the end of 2018
  17. 6234 core citations up to the end of 2018
  18. 6182 core citations up to the end of 2018
  19. 6062 core citations up to the end of 2018
    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

  20. 5978 core citations up to the end of 2018
  21. 5948 core citations up to the end of 2018
  22. 5840 core citations up to the end of 2018
  23. 5449 core citations up to the end of 2018
  24. 5374 core citations up to the end of 2018
    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. 5165 core citations up to the end of 2018
  26. 5100 core citations up to the end of 2018
  27. 4973 core citations up to the end of 2018
  28. 4847 core citations up to the end of 2018
  29. 4839 core citations up to the end of 2018
  30. 4812 core citations up to the end of 2018
  31. 4803 core citations up to the end of 2018
  32. 4793 core citations up to the end of 2018
  33. 4793 core citations up to the end of 2018
  34. 4663 core citations up to the end of 2018
  35. 4617 core citations up to the end of 2018
    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

  36. 4586 core citations up to the end of 2018
  37. 4483 core citations up to the end of 2018
  38. 4465 core citations up to the end of 2018
    Parton distributions for the LHC
    A.D. Martin (Durham U., IPPP), W.J. Stirling (Cambridge U.), R.S. Thorne, G. Watt (University Coll. London). Jan 2009. 157 pp.
    Published in Eur.Phys.J. C63 (2009) 189-285
    IPPP-08-95, DCPT-08-190, CAVENDISH-HEP-08-16
    DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-009-1072-5
    e-Print: arXiv:0901.0002 [hep-ph] | PDF

  39. 4462 core citations up to the end of 2018