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 August 2019 - 31 July 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 August 2019 - 31 July 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
1222 211.54

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Earth & Environmental Sciences 144 32.28
Life Sciences 344 56.18
Physical Sciences 589 87.13
Chemistry 280 62.83

Highlight of the month

Possible living space in nearby star system



Exoplanets orbiting a nearby red dwarf star warrant a closer look for extraterrestrial life.

Nearby exoplanets are promising places to look for life outside our Solar System, but those with habitable conditions are rare.

A team that included researchers from the Spanish National Research Council used the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher in Chile to study a red dwarf star just 10.7 light years away. Radial velocity measurements of stars can be used to detect tiny wobbles in their motion caused by the gravitational tug of orbiting planets.

The team identified two exoplanets orbiting the star every 9 and 22 days. The relatively cool star has low flaring activity, but even if the more distant planet had an Earth-like atmosphere, it would be a toasty 80 degrees Celsius.

The signals also hint at a third planet circling the star in a more temperate orbit, which may be confirmed during further investigations of the system.

Supported content

  1. Science 368, 1477–1481 (2020). doi: 10.1126/science.aaz0795

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 August 2019 - 31 July 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 28.9% Domestic
  • 71.1% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (245 total)

  • Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
  • Domestic institution
  1. Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Spain (67.90)
  2. University of Valencia (UV), Spain (48.12)
  3. University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain (37.25)
  4. University of Barcelona (UB), Spain (31.72)
  5. Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain (25.96)
  6. Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain (23.35)
  7. Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain (20.11)
  8. University of Zaragoza (Unizar), Spain (18.15)
  9. University of Oviedo (UniOvi), Spain (17.66)
  10. Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Spain (17.05)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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