Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)


The CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) is the largest and leading public research institution in Spain and the third in Europe due to the quality and quantity of its scientific production. It plays an essential role within the Spanish System for Science, Technology and Innovation and contributes to reinforce Spain’s position at the international level.

CSIC’s main aim is to develop and promote scientific studies to contribute to foster scientific and technological progress. CSIC's mission includes: 1) multidisciplinary scientific and technical research; 2) scientific and technical advice; 3) transferring results to the private sector; 4) contributing to the creation of technology-driven companies; 5) training specialised personnel; 6) management of infrastructure and large facilities; 7) promoting scientific culture. The CSIC is multidisciplinary, carrying out research in almost all fields of knowledge. Its activities encompass basic research all the way through to technological development.

The CSIC is present in all the autonomous regions through their centres across Spain. It comprises 120 centres spread across Spain, and is also present in Brussels and Rome. It is formed by employees with a wide range of academic qualifications and professional categories. The CSIC employs 11,000 people, of which 3.000 are researchers. In total, they represent the 6% of Spain’s R&D workforce and generate approximately the 20% of the country’s production. Likewise, the CSIC collaborates with other juridical entities such as consortia and trading companies.

1 March 2019 - 29 February 2020

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) published between 1 March 2019 - 29 February 2020 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Count Share
1201 204.10

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 589 80.17
Earth & Environmental Sciences 149 31.66
Life Sciences 356 61.14
Chemistry 243 56.49

Highlight of the month

Function of mysterious enzyme determined



The long-standing mystery of how the body makes plasmalogens — a group of lipids that play a role in signalling and membrane fluidity and that have been implicated in diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — has been resolved.

By studying a social microbe that commonly grows in damp soil, a team from the Spanish National Research Council discovered the bacterial enzyme responsible for forming a type of chemical bond that defines plasmalogen identity.

The researchers also showed that the equivalent enzyme in humans, which had no previously known function, could catalyse the final step in plasmalogen biosynthesis, in both bacterial and human cells.

The discovery is expected to spur research into plasmalogens, since by manipulating this enzyme researchers will be able to explore how plasmalogens contribute to health and disease.

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  1. Science 366, 128–132 (2019). doi: 10.1126/science.aay1436

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 March 2019 - 29 February 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 27.09% Domestic
  • 72.91% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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