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 November 2017 - 31 October 2018

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 November 2017 - 31 October 2018 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.

1056 199.52

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Physical Sciences 549 85.21
Life Sciences 286 52.63
Earth & Environmental Sciences 93 22.41
5 0.77
6 1.72
7 2.81
10 3.20
3 1.17
6 1.20
9 3.24
7 2.63
5 0.94
3 0.48
11 1.27
7 0.65
3 0.07
3 0.33
8 1.94
Chemistry 222 58.56

Highlight of the month

How sheets of cells can turn into tubes



An irregular three-dimensional (3D) shape has been discovered that helps explain how tubes of cells form.

Sheets of cells called epithelia line the outer and inner surfaces of most organs in the body, but it is unclear how cells adapt to create a solid curve.

A team that included researchers from the Spanish National Research Council modelled a new 3D shape that cells could adopt to enable epithelial sheets to form a tube. The team named this shape, which has one triangular face, scutoid after the Latin for shield. To confirm the shape exists in living cells, the researchers searched for and found scutoids in the tubular salivary glands of flies.

Understanding how tissue architecture changes during development stages could aid the development of artificial organs.

Supported content

  1. Nature Communications 9, 2960 (2018). doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-05376-1

View the article on the Nature Index

1 November 2017 - 31 October 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 30.42% Domestic
  • 69.58% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (190 total)

  • Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
  • Domestic institution
  1. Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Spain (60.56)
  2. University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain (31.11)
  3. University of Valencia (UV), Spain (30.10)
  4. University of Barcelona (UB), Spain (26.99)
  5. University of Zaragoza (Unizar), Spain (23.55)
  6. Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain (19.92)
  7. Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), Spain (19.17)
  8. Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain (18.74)
  9. Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain (18.62)
  10. University of Seville (US), Spain (18.21)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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