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.

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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
12 2.10
18 3.91
2 0.07
1 0.08
34 7.07
2 0.10
1 0.08
14 6.43
Reactivity of Stabilized Vinyldiazo Compounds toward Alkenyl- and Alkynylsilanes under Gold Catalysis: Regio- and Stereoselective Synthesis of Skipped Dienes and Enynes
Short and Modular Synthesis of Substituted 2-Aminopyrroles
Metal-Free C–C/C–N/C–C Bond Formation Cascade for the Synthesis of (Trifluoromethyl)sulfonylated Cyclopenta[b]indolines
Brønsted Acid Catalyzed (4 + 2) Cyclocondensation of 3-Substituted Indoles with Donor–Acceptor Cyclopropanes
Studies toward the Synthesis of an Oxazole-Based Analog of (−)-Zampanolide
Are Computational Methods Useful for Structure Elucidation of Large and Flexible Molecules? Belizentrin as a Case Study
Diastereodivergent Synthesis of 2-Ene-1,4-hydroxy Sulfides from 2-Sulfinyl Dienes via Tandem Sulfa-Michael/Sulfoxide-Sulfenate Rearrangement
Disulfide-Based Protecting Groups for the Cysteine Side Chain
Visible-Light-Mediated Ru-Catalyzed Synthesis of 3-(Arylsulfonyl)but-3-enals via Coupling of α-Allenols with Diazonium Salts and Sulfur Dioxide
Prorocentroic Acid, a Neuroactive Super-Carbon-Chain Compound from the Dinoflagellate Prorocentrum hoffmannianum
Tandem Radical Fragmentation/Cyclization of Guanidinylated Monosaccharides Grants Access to Medium-Sized Polyhydroxylated Heterocycles
A Method for the Stereoselective Construction of the Hemiaminal Center in Zampanolides
Strasseriolides A–D, A Family of Antiplasmodial Macrolides Isolated from the Fungus Strasseria geniculata CF-247251
Gold(I)-Catalyzed One-Pot and Diastereoselective Synthesis of trans-2-Silyl-4,5-dihydrofurans from Propargylsilanes and Aldehydes
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



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

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

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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