Frequently, one is asked to undertake the Herculean task of ranking their papers. I must confess that I suffer from attention deficit and only two of my papers are synthesis or required a significant attention. Below I list my top publications (roughly rank ordered)
  1. Backer, D. C., Kulkarni, S. R., Heiles, C. E., Davis, M. M. and Goss, W. M.
    Nature, 300, 615 (1982)
    ``A Millisecond Pulsar''

  2. Kulkarni, S. R.
    Astrophysical Journal, 306, L85 (1986)
    ``Optical Identification of Binary Pulsars: Implications for Magnetic Field Decay in Neutron Stars''

  3. Kulkarni, S. R. and Hester, J. J.
    Nature, 335, 801 (1988)
    ``Discovery of a Nebula around PSR 1957+20''

  4. Kulkarni, S. R. and Frail, D. A.
    Nature, 365, 33 (1993) ``Identification of a supernova remnant coincident with the soft gamma-ray repeater SGR 1806-20''

  5. Nakajima, T., Oppenheimer, B. R., Kulkarni, S. R., Golimowski, D. A., Matthews, K. and Durrance, S.
    Nature, 378, 463 (1995)
    ``Discovery of a cool brown dwarf''

  6. Metzger, M. R., Djorgovski, S. G., Kulkarni, S. R., Steidel, C. C., Adelberger, K. L., Frail, D. A., Costa, E. and Frontera, E.
    Nature, 387, 878 (1997)
    ``Spectral constraints on the redshift of the optical counterpart to the gamma-ray burst of 8 May 1997''

  7. Frail, D. A., Kulkarni, S. R., Nicastro, L., Feroci, M. and Taylor, G. B.
    Nature, 389, 263
    ``The radio afterglow from the gamma-ray burst of May 8, 1997''

  8. Kulkarni, S. R., Frail, D. A., Wieringa, M. H., Ekers, R. D., Sadler, E. M., Wark, R. M., Higdon, J. L., Phinney, E. S. and Bloom, J. S.
    Nature, 395, 663 (1998)
    ``The gamma-ray burst of 980425 and its association with the extra-ordinary radio emission from a most unusual supernova''

  9. Lane, B. F., Kuchner, M. J., Boden, A. F., Creech-Eakman, M. and Kulkarni, S. R.
    Nature, 407, 485 (2000)
    ``Direct detection of pulsations from the Cepheid Zeta Geminorum and direct calibration of the Cepheid Period-Luminosity relation''

  10. Frail, D. A., Kulkarni, S. R., Sari, R. et al.
    Astrophysical Journal, 562, 55 (2001)
    ``Beaming in gamma-ray bursts: Evidence for a Standard Energy Resorvoir''

  11. Lyne, A. G., Brinklow, A., Middleditch, J., Kulkarni, S. R., Backer, D. C. and Clifton, T. R. (1987)
    Nature, 328, 399
    ``The Discovery of a Millisecond Pulsar in the Globular Cluster M28''

  12. Hulleman, F., van Kerkwijk, M. H. and Kulkarni, S. R.
    Nature, 408, 689 (2000)
    ``An optical counterpart to the Anomalous X-ray Pulsar 4U 0142+61''

  13. Bloom, J. S., Kulkarni, S. R., Djorgovski, S. G., Eichelberger, A. C. et al.
    Nature, 401, 453 (1999)
    ``The unusual afterglow of GRB 980326: evidence for the gamma-ray burst/supernova connection''

  14. van Kerkwijk, M. H. and Kulkarni, S. R.
    Astrophysical Journal, 516, L25
    ``A Massive White Dwarf Companionn to the Eccentric Binary Pulsar System PSR B2303+46''

  15. van Kerkwijk, M. and Kulkarni, S. R.
    Astronomy & Astrophysics, 380, 221 (2001)
    ``An ususual H-alpha nebula around RX J1856.5-3754''

  16. Kulkarni, S. R., Djorgovski, S. G., Ramaprakash, A. N., Goodrich, R., Bloom J. S. et al.
    Nature, 393, 35 (1998) ``Identification of a host galaxy at redshift z=3.42 for the gamma-ray burst of 14 December 1997''

  17. Kulkarni, S. R. and Heiles, C. E.
    Galactic and Extragalactic Radio Astronomy, Eds. K. I. Kellerman and G. L. Verschuur, Springer-Verlag, 95 (1988)
    ``HI and the the Diffuse Interstellar Medium''

  18. Kulkarni, S. R.
    Astronomical Journal, 98, 112 (1989)
    ``Self Noise in Inteferometer: Radio and Infrared''