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

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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
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  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 July 2020 - 30 June 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 July 2020 - 30 June 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
1208 217.47

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 271 58.45
9 0.68
6 1.73
45 10.14
19 4.84
23 3.67
31 6.62
23 4.83
Synthesis and Structure of a 22 × 12 × 12 Extra-Large Pore Zeolite ITQ-56 Determined by 3D Electron Diffraction
2021-06-02
0.19
Lipid-Oriented Live-Cell Distinction of B and T Lymphocytes
2021-04-09
0.01
Coordination of LiH Molecules to Mo≣Mo Bonds: Experimental and Computational Studies on Mo2LiH2, Mo2Li2H4, and Mo6Li9H18 Clusters
2021-03-23
0.03
Two Copper-Carbenes from One Diazo Compound
2021-03-18
0.33
Taming the Topology of Calix[4]arene-Based 2D-Covalent Organic Frameworks: Interpenetrated vs Noninterpenetrated Frameworks and Their Selective Removal of Cationic Dyes
2021-02-25
0.08
Reductive C–C Coupling from Molecular Au(I) Hydrocarbyl Complexes: A Mechanistic Study
2021-02-05
0.02
Soluble/MOF-Supported Palladium Single Atoms Catalyze the Ligand-, Additive-, and Solvent-Free Aerobic Oxidation of Benzyl Alcohols to Benzoic Acids
2021-02-04
0.23
Effect of Linker Distribution in the Photocatalytic Activity of Multivariate Mesoporous Crystals
2021-01-12
0.15
Rhodium Complexes in P–C Bond Formation: Key Role of a Hydrido Ligand
2020-12-24
0.50
Reactivity of Undissociated Molecular Nitric Acid at the Air–Water Interface
2020-12-23
0.25
Operando Investigation of Toluene Oxidation over 1D Pt@CeO2 Derived from Pt Cluster-Containing MOF
2020-12-15
0.38
The Aqueous Surface as an Efficient Transient Stop for the Reactivity of Gaseous NO2 in Liquid Water
2020-12-04
0.25
Intermolecular Resonance Correlates Electron Pairs Down a Supermolecular Chain: Antiferromagnetism in K-Doped p-Terphenyl
2020-11-25
0.06
Biocatalytic Construction of Quaternary Centers by Aldol Addition of 3,3-Disubstituted 2-Oxoacid Derivatives to Aldehydes
2020-11-04
0.71
Cobalt Metal–Organic Framework Based on Layered Double Nanosheets for Enhanced Electrocatalytic Water Oxidation in Neutral Media
2020-10-30
0.24
Kinetic Analysis and Sequencing of Si–H and C–H Bond Activation Reactions: Direct Silylation of Arenes Catalyzed by an Iridium-Polyhydride
2020-10-30
0.27
Pressure-Induced Polymerization of Polycyclic Arene–Perfluoroarene Cocrystals: Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction Studies, Reaction Kinetics, and Design of Columnar Hydrofluorocarbons
2020-10-23
0.03
Covalent Organic Framework Embedded with Magnetic Nanoparticles for MRI and Chemo-Thermotherapy
2020-10-22
0.06
Inducing Open-Shell Character in Porphyrins through Surface-Assisted Phenalenyl π-Extension
2020-09-28
0.09
Untangling the Mechanochromic Properties of Benzothiadiazole-Based Luminescent Polymorphs through Supramolecular Organic Framework Topology
2020-09-11
0.78
What Makes Thienoguanosine an Outstanding Fluorescent DNA Probe?
2020-09-11
0.05
AuI-Catalyzed Hydroalkynylation of Haloalkynes
2020-08-19
0.04
Metal-Specific Reactivity in Single-Atom Catalysts: CO Oxidation on 4d and 5d Transition Metals Atomically Dispersed on MgO
2020-08-12
0.08
12 2.10
18 3.91
2 0.07
1 0.08
34 7.07
2 0.10
1 0.08
14 6.43
6 1.56
4 0.44
21 4.08
Physical Sciences 558 90.79
Life Sciences 379 61.94
Earth & Environmental Sciences 147 27.77

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 July 2020 - 30 June 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 41.35% Domestic
  • 58.65% International

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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