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
14 3.88
16 1.07
31 7.93
Early human impacts and ecosystem reorganization in southern-central Africa
2021-05-01
0.01
Trimethylamine N-oxide is a new plant molecule that promotes abiotic stress tolerance
2021-05-01
1
Zeb1 induces immune checkpoints to form an immunosuppressive envelope around invading cancer cells
2021-05-01
0.04
Anatomy of digital contact tracing: Role of age, transmission setting, adoption, and case detection
2021-04-01
0.06
Astrocytes and neurons share region-specific transcriptional signatures that confer regional identity to neuronal reprogramming
2021-04-01
0.46
Multiple substrate recognition by yeast diadenosine and diphosphoinositol polyphosphate phosphohydrolase through phosphate clamping
2021-04-01
0.63
Global political responsibility for the conservation of albatrosses and large petrels
2021-03-01
0.03
Latitude dictates plant diversity effects on instream decomposition
2021-03-01
0.01
Modulation of intercolumnar synchronization by endogenous electric fields in cerebral cortex
2021-03-01
0.17
Near-atomic structure of an atadenovirus reveals a conserved capsid-binding motif and intergenera variations in cementing proteins
2021-03-01
0.67
Cryo-EM structure of enteric adenovirus HAdV-F41 highlights structural variations among human adenoviruses
2021-02-01
0.63
The global network of ports supporting high seas fishing
2021-02-01
0.23
Geospatial distributions reflect temperatures of linguistic features
2021-01-01
0.06
Inhibition of the NLRP3 inflammasome prevents ovarian aging
2021-01-01
0.05
Ceramide chain length–dependent protein sorting into selective endoplasmic reticulum exit sites
2020-12-01
0.14
Cooperative nature of viral replication
2020-12-01
0.50
The chaperonin CCT controls T cell receptor–driven 3D configuration of centrioles
2020-12-01
0.29
A Zic2-regulated switch in a noncanonical Wnt/βcatenin pathway is essential for the formation of bilateral circuits
2020-11-01
0.50
Liver-expressed Cd302 and Cr1l limit hepatitis C virus cross-species transmission to mice
2020-11-01
0.01
Early development of the Neanderthal ribcage reveals a different body shape at birth compared to modern humans
2020-10-01
0.10
Nuclear WRAP53 promotes neuronal survival and functional recovery after stroke
2020-10-01
0.24
RING1B recruits EWSR1-FLI1 and cooperates in the remodeling of chromatin necessary for Ewing sarcoma tumorigenesis
2020-10-01
0.03
Meiotic chromosome synapsis depends on multivalent SYCE1-SIX6OS1 interactions that are disrupted in cases of human infertility
2020-09-01
0.22
Viral cGAMP nuclease reveals the essential role of DNA sensing in protection against acute lethal virus infection
2020-09-01
0.18
Ozone affects plant, insect, and soil microbial communities: A threat to terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity
2020-08-01
0.01
Rapid and robust evolution of collateral sensitivity in Pseudomonas aeruginosa antibiotic-resistant mutants
2020-08-01
1
Cell identity and nucleo-mitochondrial genetic context modulate OXPHOS performance and determine somatic heteroplasmy dynamics
2020-07-01
0.03
Cooperation between passive and active silicon transporters clarifies the ecophysiology and evolution of biosilicification in sponges
2020-07-01
0.33
A VersaTile-driven platform for rapid hit-to-lead development of engineered lysins
2020-06-01
0.17
Accelerated evolution of a minimal 63–amino acid dual transcription factor
2020-06-01
0.03
Chronic alcohol consumption alters extracellular space geometry and transmitter diffusion in the brain
2020-06-01
0.11
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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