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 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.

1053 200.57

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Life Sciences 287 53.73
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
4 0.09
1 0.04
1 0.21
5 0.25
6 1.11
Multiple origins and modularity in the spatiotemporal emergence of cerebellar astrocyte heterogeneity.
Carnivore conservation needs evidence-based livestock protection.
Centromeric signaling proteins boost G1 cyclin degradation and modulate cell size in budding yeast.
p38α blocks brown adipose tissue thermogenesis through p38δ inhibition.
Strength in numbers: Collaborative science for new experimental model systems.
Treadmilling analysis reveals new insights into dynamic FtsZ ring architecture
16 5.73
40 9.30
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 529 82.21
Chemistry 242 61.88
Earth & Environmental Sciences 96 23.19

Highlight of the month

Super-Earth chilling out round neighbouring star



A frozen super-Earth could be orbiting one of the Sun’s nearest stellar neighbours.

Astronomers have been searching for planets around Bernard’s star — the second closest star to our Sun at 6 light years away — for decades without success.

Now, a team that included researchers from the Spanish National Research Council combined 20 years of observations from seven global telescopes and spotted a periodic wobble in the light signal from Bernard’s star. This wobble could be caused by the gravitational pull of a planet at least three times as massive as the Earth, the team postulates.

Despite orbiting as close to its star as Mercury to the Sun, the planet is frozen over, with surface temperatures around −170 degrees Celsius. This puts it well outside the habitable zone in which liquid water can exist, and on the ‘snow line’ — the distance from the star beyond which even gases become solid.

Next-generation telescopes could be used to probe the properties the exoplanet’s atmosphere.

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  1. Nature 563, 365–368 (2018). doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0677-y

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 December 2017 - 30 November 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 31.24% Domestic
  • 68.76% International

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

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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