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.

1 December 2017 - 30 November 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 December 2017 - 30 November 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.

AC FC
1054 200.81

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Life Sciences 287 53.81
2 0.03
5 1.01
2 0.35
1 0.02
2 0.17
2 0.31
13 2.71
3 1.15
5 1.69
1 0.21
2 0.03
2 0
14 3.41
3 0.68
4 0.43
2 0.25
9 2.23
4 0.88
10 0.35
5 0.29
2 0.56
62 9.57
4 0.35
1 0.01
DEL-1 promotes macrophage efferocytosis and clearance of inflammation
2018-11-19
0.01
4 0.09
1 0.04
1 0.21
5 0.25
6 1.11
16 5.73
40 9.39
5 1.01
9 0.28
6 0.75
1 0.04
6 2.26
9 1.81
2 0.33
16 3.82
Physical Sciences 530 82.36
Chemistry 242 61.88
Earth & Environmental Sciences 96 23.19

Highlight of the month

Taking an ‘X-ray’ of the Earth

© MARK GARLICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty

© MARK GARLICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty

Physicists have used ghost-like elementary particles known as neutrinos to probe the internal structure of the Earth. This method represents a completely new way to investigate the Earth’s innards.

Neutrinos interact so weakly with matter that most atmospheric and cosmic neutrinos travel unimpeded through the Earth. But a tiny fraction of high-energy neutrinos are absorbed by atomic nuclei in the Earth’s interior.

Now, by analysing a year’s worth of data collected by IceCube, a neutrino detector at the South Pole, three scientists from the Spanish National Research Council have determined the Earth’s mass and internal density distribution. The results they obtained agreed with estimates obtained by conventional geophysical methods. In the future, as more neutrino data is collected, the team’s approach could reveal information that cannot be obtained by traditional methods.

Supported content

  1. Nature Physics 15, 37–40 (2019). doi: 10.1038/s41567-018-0319-1

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 31.29% Domestic
  • 68.71% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by FC (191 total)

  • Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
  • Domestic institution
  1. Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Spain (56.20)
    27.05
    29.15
  2. University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain (32.78)
    10.64
    22.15
  3. University of Valencia (UV), Spain (32.37)
    16.10
    16.27
  4. University of Barcelona (UB), Spain (28.29)
    12.68
    15.61
  5. University of Zaragoza (Unizar), Spain (21.73)
    10.52
    11.21
  6. Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain (20.78)
    10.75
    10.03
  7. Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain (20.31)
    12.41
    7.90
  8. Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), Spain (19.01)
    8.31
    10.70
  9. Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain (18.90)
    8.99
    9.91
  10. University of La Laguna (ULL), Spain (16.22)
    6.31
    9.91

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

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