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 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
Physical Sciences 558 90.79
Life Sciences 379 61.94
Earth & Environmental Sciences 147 27.77
8 1.52
8 1.25
10 2.80
5 0.91
3 0.46
23 6.13
12 3.50
9 3.18
5 0.32
2 0.01
19 2.35
Spatially explicit analysis identifies significant potential for bioenergy with carbon capture and storage in China
2021-05-26
0.01
Tracking the global reduction of marine traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic
2021-04-27
0.06
Non-structural carbohydrates mediate seasonal water stress across Amazon forests
2021-04-19
0
Impact of equatorial Atlantic variability on ENSO predictive skill
2021-03-12
0.04
The evolution of critical thermal limits of life on Earth
2021-02-19
0.03
Seasonal biological carryover dominates northern vegetation growth
2021-02-12
0.03
Quantifying and addressing the prevalence and bias of study designs in the environmental and social sciences
2020-12-11
0.05
Large deep-sea zooplankton biomass mirrors primary production in the global ocean
2020-11-27
0.11
Consistent population declines but idiosyncratic range shifts in Alpine orchids under global change
2020-11-17
0.14
Climate reverses directionality in the richness–abundance relationship across the World’s main forest biomes
2020-11-06
0.02
Bryophytes are predicted to lag behind future climate change despite their high dispersal capacities
2020-11-05
0.10
Presence of low virulence chytrid fungi could protect European amphibians from more deadly strains
2020-10-26
0.02
Andean drought and glacial retreat tied to Greenland warming during the last glacial period
2020-10-12
0.08
Overestimation of the effect of climatic warming on spring phenology due to misrepresentation of chilling
2020-10-02
0.04
Thioglycoligase derived from fungal GH3 β-xylosidase is a multi-glycoligase with broad acceptor tolerance
2020-09-25
0.83
The influence of soil age on ecosystem structure and function across biomes
2020-09-18
0.07
A gas-to-particle conversion mechanism helps to explain atmospheric particle formation through clustering of iodine oxides
2020-09-09
0.36
Within-individual phenotypic plasticity in flowers fosters pollination niche shift
2020-08-11
0.31
Meta-analysis of multidecadal biodiversity trends in Europe
2020-07-13
0.04
2 0.37
19 1.84
7 0.43
7 0.39
8 2.33

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 July 2020 - 30 June 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 41.35% Domestic
  • 58.65% International

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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