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
Life Sciences 376 61.38
Earth & Environmental Sciences 141 27.29
7 1.43
7 1.18
13 3.07
4 0.82
1 0.14
22 7.15
Chemical Gardens Under Mars Conditions: Imaging Chemical Garden Growth In Situ in an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope
2021-04-26
0.31
How Equivalent Are Equivalent Porous Media?
2021-04-18
0.23
Probing the Atmospheric Cl Isotopic Ratio on Mars: Implications for Planetary Evolution and Atmospheric Chemistry
2021-04-18
0.04
First observation of the oxygen 630 nm emission in the Martian dayglow
2021-04-06
0.13
On the terrestrial gamma‐ray flashes preceding narrow bipolar events
2021-04-06
0.07
Bayesian Unsupervised Machine Learning Approach to Segment Arctic Sea Ice Using SMOS Data
2021-03-28
0.28
Unravelling the causes of the seismicity induced by underground gas storage at Castor, Spain
2021-03-15
0.73
Measurements of iceberg melt rates using high‐resolution GPS and iceberg surface scans
2021-01-20
0.13
Periodic Bedrock Ridges at the ExoMars 2022 landing site: Evidence for a Changing Wind Regime
2021-01-12
0.02
Spectral Observations of Optical Emissions Associated with Terrestrial Gamma‐Ray Flashes
2020-12-29
0.21
Differing mechanisms of new particle formation at two Arctic sites.
2020-12-28
0.02
Intercomparison between Surrogate, Explicit and Full Treatments of VSL Bromine Chemistry within the CAM‐Chem Chemistry‐Climate Model
2020-12-28
0.19
Persistence of Biogeochemical Alterations of Deep‐Sea Sediments by Bottom Trawling
2020-12-15
0.55
Transport Upscaling in Highly Heterogeneous Aquifers and the Prediction of Tracer Dispersion at the MADE Site
2020-11-28
0.71
Sinking CO2 in Supercritical Reservoirs
2020-11-16
0.33
Impact of climate change on surface stirring and transport in the Mediterranean Sea
2020-10-29
0.07
Divergent Estimates of Forest Photosynthetic Phenology Using Structural and Physiological Vegetation Indices
2020-09-28
0.23
Seasonality of Dissolved Organic Carbon Exchange Across the Strait of Gibraltar
2020-09-28
1
Submicrosecond Spectroscopy of Lightning‐Like Discharges: Exploring New Time Regimes
2020-07-29
0.63
High‐resolution surface velocities and strain for Anatolia from Sentinel‐1 InSAR and GNSS data
2020-07-08
0.03
The Contribution of Sprite Streamers to the Chemical Composition of the Mesosphere‐Lower Thermosphere
2020-06-20
0.88
Remote Sensing Retrieval of Isoprene Concentrations in the Southern Ocean
2020-06-04
0.38
12 3.77
8 2.28
5 0.12
2 0.01
19 2.35
2 0.37
17 1.44
7 0.43
6 0.34
9 2.39

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 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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