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.

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1 October 2019 - 30 September 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 October 2019 - 30 September 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
1214 209.50

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Life Sciences 336 53.78
Earth & Environmental Sciences 144 33.34
Chemistry 292 62.37
Physical Sciences 594 87.48

Highlight of the month

Stellar discovery shed lights on origins of phosphorous

© sololos/Getty

© sololos/Getty

Stars with high concentrations of phosphorous — one of the five elements that underpin life on Earth — have been detected. This discovery could shed light on the cosmic origins of the element.

With the exception of helium and most of helium, all the elements in the Universe were created inside stars by a process called nucleosynthesis. The origins of phosphorous are of particular interest because it essential for life as we know it. However, most models of the galactic evolution of phosphorous predict lower amounts of the element than what we observe in our Solar System.

Now, a team of scientists from Spain, including researchers from the Spanish National Research Council, has detected 15 phosphorous-rich stars.

The researchers believe that the stars were born from the ashes of an earlier generation of massive stars, which overproduced phosphorus through rotation or advanced nucleosynthesis. The ancestors of these phosphorus-rich stars could have significantly contributed to the phosphorus present on Earth today.

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  1. Nature Communications 11, 3759 (2020). doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-17649-9

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1 October 2019 - 30 September 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 30.13% Domestic
  • 69.87% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (253 total)

  • Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
  • Domestic institution
  1. Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Spain (65.98)
  2. University of Valencia (UV), Spain (49.56)
  3. University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain (40.79)
  4. University of Barcelona (UB), Spain (35.88)
  5. Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain (27.27)
  6. Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain (22.81)
  7. University of Zaragoza (Unizar), Spain (22.45)
  8. University of Oviedo (UniOvi), Spain (18.97)
  9. Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), Spain (18.88)
  10. Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain (18.57)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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