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
4 0.21
12 2.91
10 2.74
5 2.12
27 4.58
Nutrient dominance governs the assembly of microbial communities in mixed nutrient environments.
2021-04-20
0.13
Structure of HIV-1 gp41 with its membrane anchors targeted by neutralizing antibodies.
2021-04-19
0.11
Robust, coherent and synchronized circadian clock-controlled oscillations along Anabaena filaments.
2021-03-22
0.17
Swarming bacteria undergo localized dynamic phase transition to form stress-induced biofilms.
2021-03-16
0.04
Medium spiny neurons activity reveals the discrete segregation of mouse dorsal striatum.
2021-02-18
0.50
Regenerative neurogenic response from glia requires insulin-driven neuron-glia communication.
2021-02-02
0.11
TRIM37 prevents formation of centriolar protein assemblies by regulating Centrobin.
2021-01-25
0.08
Failures of nerve regeneration caused by aging or chronic denervation are rescued by restoring Schwann cell c-Jun.
2021-01-21
0.06
Collateral sensitivity associated with antibiotic resistance plasmids.
2021-01-20
0.05
Climate-driven deoxygenation elevates fishing vulnerability for the ocean's widest ranging shark.
2021-01-19
0.04
Cytomegalovirus restricts ICOSL expression on antigen-presenting cells disabling T cell co-stimulation and contributing to immune evasion.
2021-01-18
0.06
ARL3 activation requires the co-GEF BART and effector-mediated turnover.
2021-01-13
0.04
Globally defining the effects of mutations in a picornavirus capsid.
2021-01-12
0.30
Neutrophil infiltration regulates clock-gene expression to organize daily hepatic metabolism.
2020-12-08
0.03
Polo-like kinase acts as a molecular timer that safeguards the asymmetric fate of spindle microtubule-organizing centers
2020-11-02
0.33
A novel checkpoint pathway controls actomyosin ring constriction trigger in fission yeast.
2020-10-26
0.50
Macrophages promote endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition via MT1-MMP/TGFβ1 after myocardial infarction.
2020-10-16
0.08
M2 cortex-dorsolateral striatum stimulation reverses motor symptoms and synaptic deficits in Huntington's disease
2020-10-05
0.18
Stress-activated MAPK signalling controls fission yeast actomyosin ring integrity by modulating formin For3 levels
2020-09-11
0.10
A missense in HSF2BP causing Primary Ovarian Insufficiency affects meiotic recombination by its novel interactor C19ORF57/BRME1.
2020-08-26
0.29
Positively selected modifications in the pore of TbAQP2 allow pentamidine to enter Trypanosoma brucei.
2020-08-07
0.03
Harmful DNA:RNA hybrids are formed in cis and in a Rad51-independent manner.
2020-08-04
0.33
Tailored design of protein nanoparticle scaffolds for multivalent presentation of viral glycoprotein antigens.
2020-08-04
0
A mechanism for the extension and unfolding of parallel telomeric G-quadruplexes by human telomerase at single-molecule resolution.
2020-07-29
0.06
Three-dimensional synaptic organization of the human hippocampal CA1 field.
2020-07-21
0.50
Different theta frameworks coexist in the rat hippocampus and are coordinated during memory-guided and novelty tasks.
2020-07-20
0.44
Modulation of dopamine D1 receptors via histamine H3 receptors is a novel therapeutic target for Huntington's disease.
2020-06-09
0.02
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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