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 November 2017 - 31 October 2018

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 November 2017 - 31 October 2018 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.

1069 201.78

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Physical Sciences 551 86.01
Life Sciences 291 53.13
Earth & Environmental Sciences 95 22.50
Chemistry 227 59.50
5 2.85
9 2.54
28 8.72
23 7.25
Reinventing the De Mayo reaction: synthesis of 1,5-diketones or 1,5-ketoesters via visible light [2+2] cycloaddition of β-diketones or β-ketoesters with styrenes
Construction of a diverse set of terpenoid decalin subunits from a common enantiomerically pure scaffold obtained by a biomimetic cationic cyclization
A new concept of a transparent photocapacitor
Building a 22-ring nanographene by combining in-solution and on-surface syntheses
Nanosized MCM-22 zeolite using simple non-surfactant organic growth modifiers: synthesis and catalytic applications
On-surface synthesis of heptacene on Ag(001) from brominated and non-brominated tetrahydroheptacene precursors
Using polyoxometalates to enhance the capacity of lithium–oxygen batteries
Reactivity of a trans-[H–Mo Mo–H] unit towards alkenes and alkynes: bimetallic migratory insertion, H-elimination and other reactions
Synthesis of a superparamagnetic ultrathin FeCO3 nanorods–enzyme bionanohybrid as a novel heterogeneous catalyst
A [Cr2Ni] coordination polymer: slow relaxation of magnetization in quasi-one-dimensional ferromagnetic chains
Palladium-catalyzed cocyclotrimerization of arynes with a pyramidalized alkene
Negishi coupling reactions with [11C]CH3I: a versatile method for efficient 11C–C bond formation
The photothermal effect in MOFs: covalent post-synthetic modification of MOFs mediated by UV-Vis light under solvent-free conditions
Hydrogenation of an iridium-coordinated imidazol-2-ylidene ligand fragment
Carbon dioxide-based facile synthesis of cyclic carbamates from amino alcohols
Electrochemically driven host-guest interactions on patterned donor/acceptor self-assembled monolayers
Synthesis and structure determination via ultra-fast electron diffraction of the new microporous zeolitic germanosilicate ITQ-62
New rare earth hafnium oxynitride perovskites with photocatalytic activity in water oxidation and reduction
Compression of multidimensional NMR spectra allows a faster and more accurate analysis of complex samples
Efficient synthesis of benzocyclotrimer analogues by Negishi cross-coupling and intramolecular nucleophilic substitution
Selective catalytic synthesis of amino-silanes at part-per million catalyst loadings
Fluorescence detection and removal of copper from water using a biobased and biodegradable 2D soft material
A route to small clusters: a twisted half-hexagram-shaped M4(OH)4 cluster and its capacity for hosting closed-shell metals
10 2.08
34 9.23
24 5.46
12 3.62
21 3.13
2 0.78
2 0.56
1 0.02
21 4.10
2 0.29
3 0.64
5 1.85
3 1.48
3 0.29
2 0.21
17 4.41

Highlight of the month

Deep-sea corals face acidification

© A. Martin UW Photography/Getty

© A. Martin UW Photography/Getty

The acidification of the North Atlantic Ocean could endanger deep-water corals within 30 years.

The world’s oceans have absorbed around 30% of the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution. This has reduced levels of a calcium carbonate called aragonite, from which many corals build their tough outer layer.

A team that included researchers from the Spanish National Research Council used global observations of marine carbon dioxide between 2002 and 2016 to calculate the changing depth of the aragonite saturation horizon (ASH), above which corals can survive.

The ASH has risen by almost 15 metres each year in parts of the North Atlantic, and the researchers predict that it could ascend from its current 2,000 metres to 1,500 metres within three decades if carbon emissions continue to rise unchecked. The plight of corals below this depth will be worsened by acidified waters descending on deep-ocean currents.

The loss of cold-water corals could endanger many marine creatures that use these protective ecosystems as breeding grounds.

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  1. Nature 554, 515–518 (2018). doi: 10.1038/nature25493

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 November 2017 - 31 October 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 30.51% Domestic
  • 69.49% International

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

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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