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
4 0.13
5 0.44
2 0.04
1 0.01
1 0.64
15 3.17
4 0.81
7 1.18
4 0.37
7 1.29
5 1.61
3 0.16
2 0.10
4 0.92
1 0.29
7 0.24
11 0.44
1 0
2 0.09
90 11.13
5 0.37
4 0.03
3 0.91
1 0.03
9 1.89
13 3.55
46 6.12
Persulfidation of ATG18a regulates autophagy under ER stress in Arabidopsis
2021-05-11
0.38
The crystal structure of a 250-kDa heterotetrameric particle explains inhibition of sheddase meprin β by endogenous fetuin-B.
2021-04-06
0.40
Experimental evidence of the importance of multitrophic structure for species persistence.
2021-03-23
0.25
The receptor-like kinases BAM1 and BAM2 are required for root xylem patterning.
2021-03-23
0.02
Dlk1 dosage regulates hippocampal neurogenesis and cognition.
2021-03-16
0.07
A multiplier peroxiporin signal transduction pathway powers piscine spermatozoa.
2021-03-09
0.10
Monocyte markers correlate with immune and neuronal brain changes in REM sleep behavior disorder.
2021-03-09
0.03
Gatorbulin-1, a distinct cyclodepsipeptide chemotype, targets a seventh tubulin pharmacological site.
2021-03-02
0.29
The battle between harvest and natural selection creates small and shy fish.
2021-03-02
0.08
Functional rarity and evenness are key facets of biodiversity to boost multifunctionality.
2021-02-16
0.08
The genomics of ecological flexibility, large brains, and long lives in capuchin monkeys revealed with fecalFACS.
2021-02-16
0.11
Network motifs involving both competition and facilitation predict biodiversity in alpine plant communities.
2021-02-09
0.06
Plant virus evolution under strong drought conditions results in a transition from parasitism to mutualism.
2021-02-09
0.31
A protease-mediated mechanism regulates the cytochrome c6/plastocyanin switch in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803.
2021-02-02
0.31
Chromatin phosphoproteomics unravels a function for AT-hook motif nuclear localized protein AHL13 in PAMP-triggered immunity
2021-01-19
0.01
The amphibian antimicrobial peptide uperin 3.5 is a cross-α/cross-β chameleon functional amyloid.
2021-01-19
0.19
Differences in spatial versus temporal reaction norms for spring and autumn phenological events.
2020-12-08
0
Reversal of autoimmunity by mixed chimerism enables reactivation of β cells and transdifferentiation of α cells in diabetic NOD mice.
2020-12-08
0.02
Delivery of muscle-derived exosomal miRNAs induced by HIIT improves insulin sensitivity through down-regulation of hepatic FoxO1 in mice.
2020-12-01
0.20
HOS15 is a transcriptional corepressor of NPR1-mediated gene activation of plant immunity
2020-12-01
0.05
Incompatibility between proliferation and plant invasion is mediated by a regulator of appressorium formation in the corn smut fungus Ustilago maydis.
2020-12-01
0.50
Mammalian-specific ectodermal enhancers control the expression of Hoxc genes in developing nails and hair follicles
2020-12-01
0.12
Climate drives the geography of marine consumption by changing predator communities.
2020-11-10
0.01
Stimulation of soluble guanylate cyclase exerts antiinflammatory actions in the liver through a VASP/NF-κB/NLRP3 inflammasome circuit.
2020-11-10
0.13
Forest and woodland replacement patterns following drought-related mortality.
2020-11-02
0.06
Poxvirus-encoded TNF receptor homolog dampens inflammation and protects from uncontrolled lung pathology during respiratory infection
2020-10-27
0.17
Peak grain forecasts for the US High Plains amid withering waters.
2020-10-20
0.04
The turning point and end of an expanding epidemic cannot be precisely forecast
2020-10-20
0.25
B cells expressing authentic naive human VRC01-class BCRs can be recruited to germinal centers and affinity mature in multiple independent mouse models.
2020-09-15
0
Microbial biomarkers reveal a hydrothermally active landscape at Olduvai Gorge at the dawn of the Acheulean, 1.7 Ma
2020-09-15
0.02
Synchrony matters more than species richness in plant community stability at a global scale.
2020-09-08
0.06
Low-dimensional dynamics for working memory and time encoding.
2020-08-28
0.03
Global variability in seawater Mg:Ca and Sr:Ca ratios in the modern ocean.
2020-08-25
0.02
Photoperiod and temperature as dominant environmental drivers triggering secondary growth resumption in Northern Hemisphere conifers
2020-08-25
0.02
Synthetic conversion of leaf chloroplasts into carotenoid-rich plastids reveals mechanistic basis of natural chromoplast development.
2020-08-19
0.23
Symbiosis between nanohaloarchaeon and haloarchaeon is based on utilization of different polysaccharides.
2020-08-18
0.15
Genome-wide analyses reveal drivers of penguin diversification.
2020-08-17
0.04
Automated detection of archaeological mounds using machine-learning classification of multisensor and multitemporal satellite data
2020-08-04
0.14
Qualitative crop condition survey reveals spatiotemporal production patterns and allows early yield prediction.
2020-08-04
0.50
Kpi, a chaperone-usher pili system associated with the worldwide-disseminated high-risk clone Klebsiella pneumoniae ST-15
2020-07-08
0.06
A plant DNA virus replicates in the salivary glands of its insect vector via recruitment of host DNA synthesis machinery.
2020-07-07
0.07
Experimental evidence of dispersal of invasive cyprinid eggs inside migratory waterfowl
2020-07-07
0.13
Lck bound to coreceptor is less active than free Lck
2020-07-07
0.03
JNK-mediated disruption of bile acid homeostasis promotes intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma.
2020-06-29
0.03
Ex novo development of lead glassmaking in early Umayyad Spain.
2020-06-22
0.25
Structural basis for allosteric transitions of a multidomain pentameric ligand-gated ion channel.
2020-06-01
0.10
14 3.88
16 1.07
31 7.93
4 0.21
12 2.91
10 2.74
5 2.12
27 4.58
Earth & Environmental Sciences 141 27.29

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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