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 September 2018 - 31 August 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 September 2018 - 31 August 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.

1118 187.53

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Earth & Environmental Sciences 107 23.13
Physical Sciences 559 73.45
Life Sciences 319 53.75
Chemistry 245 57.79
6 1.71
6 2.01
33 7.49
28 8.55
17 3.53
27 5.43
28 7.84
10 2.84
23 3.53
1 0.11
p38γ is essential for cell cycle progression and liver tumorigenesis
1 0.04
32 7.34
5 1.28
1 0.06
7 2.57
2 0.30
1 0.06
2 0.16
15 2.95

Highlight of the month

Monitoring brain waves of the slow variety



Ultraslow brain activity can now be monitored using newly developed microtransistors made of graphene.

Most studies of brain activity have used metal electrodes to detect brain signals. Such electrodes filter out slow signals — this wasn’t considered a problem since slow signals were seen as unwanted noise. But recently slow brain signals have increasingly been seen as containing useful information, which may be particularly relevant for conditions such as sleep disorders, strokes and migraines.

Now, a team led by researchers at the Spanish National Research Council has developed graphene microtransistors that can monitor brain activity that occurs of time scales of tens of seconds by actively amplifying brain signals in situ.

The researchers demonstrated their microtransistors by using them to monitor massive pathologic waves, which have been dubbed brain tsunamis, in rats. These waves travel at speeds of a few millimetres per minute through the brain.

Supported content

  1. Nature Materials 18, 280–288 (2019). doi: 10.1038/s41563-018-0249-4

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 September 2018 - 31 August 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 28.95% Domestic
  • 71.05% 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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