The physics paper with the highest percentage increase in citations in 2010 as determined by ScienceWatch.com is `Parton distributions for the LHC' written by IPPP scientist Alan Martin together with his collaborators James Stirling, Robert Thorne and Graeme Watt.
ScienceWatch tracked the citations in Essential Science IndicatorsSM from Thomson Reuters from the first bimonthly period of 2010 to the second bimonthly period of 2010 and identified 1762 `hot' papers. The hottest paper in the physics category is "Parton distributions for the LHC", Eur.Phys.J.C63:189-285,2009 which now has nearly 200 citations.
Parton distributions are an essential ingredient in understanding the physics of the LHC. The IPPP is one of the worlds leading centres for studying the internal structure of the proton and has been involved in producing parton distributions for the worldwide community since 1987. The latest MSTW 2008 set is determined from global analysis of hard-scattering data from HERA, the TEVATRON and other lower energy fixed target experiments and should be used for the first LHC data-taking and for the associated theoretical calculations.