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
31 6.22
26 5.82
14 2.51
22 5.16
4 0.14
1 0.08
36 7.12
A high-entropy manganite in an ordered nanocomposite for long-term application in solid oxide cells
2021-05-11
0.13
Structure-based design of a Cortistatin analogue with immunomodulatory activity in models of inflammatory bowel disease
2021-03-25
0.13
Spin-state-dependent electrical conductivity in single-walled carbon nanotubes encapsulating spin-crossover molecules
2021-03-11
0.08
Complex plasmon-exciton dynamics revealed through quantum dot light emission in a nanocavity
2021-02-26
0.11
Seasonal biological carryover dominates northern vegetation growth
2021-02-12
0.03
Self-assembly and regulation of protein cages from pre-organised coiled-coil modules
2021-02-11
0.22
Giant optical anisotropy in transition metal dichalcogenides for next-generation photonics
2021-02-08
0.03
Control of zeolite microenvironment for propene synthesis from methanol
2021-02-05
0.02
van der Waals driven anharmonic melting of the 3D charge density wave in VSe
2021-01-26
0.12
How ice grows from premelting films and water droplets
2021-01-11
0.45
Biomimetic selenocystine based dynamic combinatorial chemistry for thiol-disulfide exchange
2021-01-08
1
Multi-scale characterisation of a ferroelectric polymer reveals the emergence of a morphological phase transition driven by temperature
2021-01-08
0.15
Revealing 3D magnetization of thin films with soft X-ray tomography: magnetic singularities and topological charges
2020-12-14
0.13
TGFβ promotes widespread enhancer chromatin opening and operates on genomic regulatory domains
2020-12-03
0.20
Large deep-sea zooplankton biomass mirrors primary production in the global ocean
2020-11-27
0.11
Regulation of cytokine signaling through direct interaction between cytokine receptors and the ATG16L1 WD40 domain
2020-11-20
0.33
Voltage-driven motion of nitrogen ions: a new paradigm for magneto-ionics
2020-11-18
0.18
Blue emission at atomically sharp 1D heterojunctions between graphene and h-BN
2020-10-23
0.02
Immunodominant proteins P1 and P40/P90 from human pathogen Mycoplasma pneumoniae
2020-10-14
0.24
Andean drought and glacial retreat tied to Greenland warming during the last glacial period
2020-10-12
0.08
Frequent new particle formation over the high Arctic pack ice by enhanced iodine emissions
2020-10-01
0.08
Plasmonic antenna coupling to hyperbolic phonon-polaritons for sensitive and fast mid-infrared photodetection with graphene
2020-09-25
0.06
Thioglycoligase derived from fungal GH3 β-xylosidase is a multi-glycoligase with broad acceptor tolerance
2020-09-25
0.83
Fabrication of a novel magnetic topological heterostructure and temperature evolution of its massive Dirac cone
2020-09-24
0.03
Graphene transistors for real-time monitoring molecular self-assembly dynamics
2020-09-18
0.02
Hot electrons in a nanowire hard X-ray detector
2020-09-18
0.10
A gas-to-particle conversion mechanism helps to explain atmospheric particle formation through clustering of iodine oxides
2020-09-09
0.36
Direct observation of desorption of a melt of long polymer chains
2020-08-28
0.08
An atlas of O-linked glycosylation on peptide hormones reveals diverse biological roles
2020-08-20
0.03
A fluorogenic cyclic peptide for imaging and quantification of drug-induced apoptosis
2020-08-12
0.06
Molecular architecture and activation of the insecticidal protein Vip3Aa from Bacillus thuringiensis
2020-08-07
0.33
Coordinate β-adrenergic inhibition of mitochondrial activity and angiogenesis arrest tumor growth
2020-07-17
0.19
Rapid and high-resolution patterning of microstructure and composition in organic semiconductors using ‘molecular gates’
2020-07-17
1
Hydrolase–like catalysis and structural resolution of natural products by a metal–organic framework
2020-06-17
0.08
Tunable resistivity exponents in the metallic phase of epitaxial nickelates
2020-06-11
0.05
Ultrafast photochemistry produces superbright short-wave infrared dots for low-dose in vivo imaging
2020-06-10
0.05
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

View the article on the Nature Index

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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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