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

Spain

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 June 2020 - 31 May 2021

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 June 2020 - 31 May 2021 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
1267 226.83

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 617 99.77
Chemistry 286 60.54
8 0.68
6 1.73
44 9.36
23 5.67
21 3.49
Target-templated de novo design of macrocyclic d-/l-peptides: discovery of drug-like inhibitors of PD-1
2021-04-15
0.17
Reversible carbon–boron bond formation at platinum centers through σ-BH complexes
2021-02-11
0.03
Ambiphilic boryl groups in a neutral Ni(ii) complex: a new activation mode of H2
2021-02-01
0.05
Copper-assisted oxidation of catechols into quinone derivatives
2021-02-01
0.18
Engineering multifunctional metal/protein hybrid nanomaterials as tools for therapeutic intervention and high-sensitivity detection
2021-02-01
0.10
Enhanced sampling molecular dynamics simulations correctly predict the diverse activities of a series of stiff-stilbene G-quadruplex DNA ligands
2021-01-01
0.20
Click and count: specific detection of acid ceramidase activity in live cells
2020-12-23
0.48
Selective oxidation of alkyl and aryl glyceryl monoethers catalysed by an engineered and immobilised glycerol dehydrogenase
2020-11-18
0.24
The extent of protein hydration dictates the preference for heterogeneous or homogeneous nucleation generating either parallel or antiparallel β-sheet α-synuclein aggregates
2020-11-11
0.30
Structural basis for recognition of bacterial cell wall teichoic acid by pseudo-symmetric SH3b-like repeats of a viral peptidoglycan hydrolase
2020-10-23
0.09
Titanosilicate zeolite precursors for highly efficient oxidation reactions
2020-10-23
0.14
Direct synthesis of the organic and Ge free Al containing BOG zeolite (ITQ-47) and its application for transformation of biomass derived molecules
2020-10-20
0.15
A heterometallic [LnLn′Ln] lanthanide complex as a qubit with embedded quantum error correction
2020-10-07
0.11
Selective active site placement in Lewis acid zeolites and implications for catalysis of oxygenated compounds
2020-09-30
0.36
Multicomponent and multicatalytic asymmetric synthesis of furo[2,3-b]pyrrole derivatives: further insights into the mode of action of chiral phosphoric acid catalysts
2020-09-02
0.14
Stability of radical-functionalized gold surfaces by self-assembly and on-surface chemistry
2020-09-02
0.21
Photoswitchable dynasore analogs to control endocytosis with light
2020-08-17
0.13
Conservation of structural arrangements and 3 : 1 stoichiometry in a series of crystalline conductors of TMTTF, TMTSF, BEDT-TTF, and chiral DM-EDT-TTF with the oxo-bis[pentafluorotantalate(v)] dianion
2020-08-13
0.17
Pressure-and temperature induced phase transitions, piezochromism, NLC behaviour and pressure controlled Jahn–Teller switching in a Cu-based framework
2020-07-30
0.04
Origin of rate enhancement and asynchronicity in iminium catalyzed Diels–Alder reactions
2020-07-09
0.01
Cyclic metal(oid) clusters control platinum-catalysed hydrosilylation reactions: from soluble to zeolite and MOF catalysts
2020-07-06
0.21
31 6.22
26 5.82
14 2.51
22 5.16
4 0.14
1 0.08
36 7.12
1 0.07
3 0.23
14 6.43
7 1.66
1 0.11
4 0.44
20 3.62
Life Sciences 376 61.38
Earth & Environmental Sciences 141 27.29

Highlight of the month

Astrocyte signalling linked to goal-directed behaviours

© JUAN GAERTNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images

© JUAN GAERTNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images

Support cells in the brain can affect goal-directed behaviours by interacting with inhibitory nerve cells, a finding that could lead to new treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Decision making during goal-directed behaviours involves weighing up the costs and benefits of each option. While various regions of the brain are involved in this assessment, the prefrontal provides critical support. The interplay between inhibitory and excitatory neurons in this region is well documented. But how astrocytes, a type of star-shaped supporting cell in the brain, interact with some of these same neurons was poorly understood.

Now, a mouse study led by scientists at the Spanish National Research Council has shown that receptors on astrocytes can sense neurotransmitters released by inhibitory neurons. The astrocytes, in turn, change the electrical firing properties of nearby excitatory neurons in the medial prefrontal cortex, altering brain waves that affect decision making and associated behaviours.

Supported content

  1. Nature Neuroscience 24, 82–92 (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41593-020-00752-x

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1 June 2020 - 31 May 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 41.96% Domestic
  • 58.04% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (336 total)

  • Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
  • Domestic institution
  1. Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Spain (69.57)
    34.18
    35.39
  2. Institute for Corpuscular Physics (IFIC), Spain (57.86)
    19.97
    37.90
  3. University of Valencia (UV), Spain (54.53)
    26.65
    27.88
  4. Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT), Spain (48.52)
    17.24
    31.28
  5. University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain (39.27)
    13.21
    26.06
  6. University of Barcelona (UB), Spain (37.20)
    17.20
    19.99
  7. Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain (32.81)
    17.36
    15.45
  8. Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain (27.09)
    13.50
    13.60
  9. University of Zaragoza (Unizar), Spain (24.89)
    14.04
    10.85
  10. Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), Spain (24.23)
    10.75
    13.47

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

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