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 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

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 2018 - 30 September 2019 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
1149 192.59

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Life Sciences 326 54.71
Earth & Environmental Sciences 114 23.78
Physical Sciences 577 76.30
Chemistry 246 60.04
7 2.71
Highly Efficient and Recyclable Carbon‐Nanofiber‐Based Aerogels for Ionic Liquid–Water Separation and Ionic Liquid Dehydration in Flow‐Through Conditions
Nanostructured Back Reflectors for Efficient Colloidal Quantum‐Dot Infrared Optoelectronics
Giant Enhancement in the Supercapacitance of NiFe–Graphene Nanocomposites Induced by a Magnetic Field
Programmable Self‐Assembling 3D Architectures Generated by Patterning of Swellable MOF‐Based Composite Films
Mechanical and Electric Control of Photonic Modes in Random Dielectrics
Revisiting the Buckling Metrology Method to Determine the Young's Modulus of 2D Materials
Engineering Transport in Manganites by Tuning Local Nonstoichiometry in Grain Boundaries
5 1.96
32 7.16
29 9.48
16 3.44
27 5.25
28 7.91
12 3.09
22 3.76
1 0.11
1 0.04
32 7.25
5 1.28
7 2.57
3 0.96
1 0.06
3 0.20
15 2.80

Highlight of the month

Vision correction could be a traffic hazard

© Casarsa/Getty

© Casarsa/Getty

Drivers using monovision to treat presbyopia — the inability to focus on near objects that often develops with age — could be putting other road users at risk.

Monovision is the contact lens equivalent of bifocal glasses. Different prescription lenses provide near vision to one eye and far vision to the other, resulting in one image being more blurred than the other.

A team that included researchers from the Spanish National Research Council used a computer animation to test motion perception among monovision users.

They found that millisecond differences in the processing speeds of the blurry and clear images alter the viewer’s depth perception of moving objects. The researchers calculated that a cyclist moving at about 24 kilometres per hour could appear almost 3 metres further away than they really were.

As presbyopia proliferates in the ageing population, eliminating such optical illusions will be essential to prevent traffic accidents caused by drivers breaking too slowly.

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  1. Current Biology 29, 2586–2592 (2019). doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.06.070

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 27.88% Domestic
  • 72.12% 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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