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Top Cited Articles from the Eprint Archives
Based on data from the SPIRES-HEP Literature Database, SLAC Library
For various reasons, the annual lists of the top-cited high energy physics papers tend to be heavily dominated by one or two subfields. However, the arXiv.org e-print archives are organized by subject, and we can use this feature to focus on the citation data for individual subfields. On this page, we present lists of the top-cited papers for each of the arXiv.org archives relevant to high-energy physics. The citation lists are based on papers posted and citations counted since the creation of the arXiv.org archives in 1991.
The results of this compilation should be interpreted with care. No individual archive is completely self-contained (though hep-th comes close). This problem must be added to the usual caveats about the use of the citation counts in the SPIRES database (see discussion). For each archive, we give two lists, first, the papers most cited by eprints in the archive, second, the eprints in the archive which are most cited. By comparing these two lists, you can make a judgement on how well the papers lists cover the subfield. Inevitably, however, our methods will leave some gaps. A paper on nuclear forces which is posted to hep-ph and is cited mainly by hep-ph papers is unlikely to appear in the topcites list for nucl-th no matter how large its citation count might be.
As with all of the topcites lists, this compilation is intended for entertainment purposes only. For simplicity, the various editions of the Review of Particle Properties (which is the number 1 cited reference in high-energy physics) have been excluded.
General Relativity / Quantum Cosmology GR-QC
- Articles most cited by gr-qc E-prints
- Topcited gr-qc E-prints
High-Energy Experimental Physics HEP-EX
- Articles most cited by hep-ex E-prints
- Topcited hep-ex E-prints
Lattice Field Theory HEP-LAT
- Articles most cited by hep-lat E-prints
- Topcited hep-lat E-prints
Particle Phenomenology HEP-PH
- Articles most cited by hep-ph E-prints
- Topcited hep-ph E-prints
String / Conformal / Field Theory HEP-TH
- Articles most cited by hep-th E-prints
- Topcited hep-th E-prints
Nuclear Experiment NUCL-EX
- Articles most cited by nucl-ex E-prints
- Topcited nucl-ex E-prints
Nuclear Theory NUCL-TH
- Articles most cited by nucl-th E-prints
- Topcited nucl-th E-prints
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