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
25 5
13 3.86
8 0.68
12 5.63
31 11.97
Evidence of energy-, recombination-, and photon-limited escape regimes in giant planet H/He atmospheres
2021-04-01
0.29
TMC-1, the starless core sulfur factory: Discovery of NCS, HCCS, H2CCS, H2CCCS, and C4S and detection of C5S
2021-03-24
0.50
Discovery of the propargyl radical (CH2CCH) in TMC-1: One of the most abundant radicals ever found and a key species for cyclization to benzene in cold dark clouds
2021-03-10
0.57
Discovery of CH2CHCCH and detection of HCCN, HC4N, CH3CH2CN, and, tentatively, CH3CH2CCH in TMC-1
2021-03-01
0.50
Discovery of allenyl acetylene, H2CCCHCCH, in TMC-1
2021-03-01
0.50
Distance to three molecular clouds in the central molecular zone
2021-03-01
0.25
The VISCACHA survey
2021-03-01
0
The initial gas-phase sulfur abundance in the Orion Molecular Cloud from sulfur radio recombination lines
2021-03-01
1
A study of C4H3N isomers in TMC-1: Line by line detection of HCCCH2CN
2021-01-25
0.75
Downflowing umbral flashes as evidence of standing waves in sunspot umbrae
2021-01-15
0.13
Space and laboratory discovery of HC3S+
2021-01-15
0.50
Space and laboratory observation of the deuterated cyanomethyl radical HDCCN
2021-01-14
0.57
Discovery of the acetyl cation, CH3CO+, in space and in the laboratory
2021-01-13
0.38
A prediction about the age of thick discs as a function of the stellar mass of the host galaxy
2021-01-01
0.25
Jet-like structures from PSR J1135–6055
2020-12-01
0.25
Detection of infrared fluorescence of carbon dioxide in R Leonis with SOFIA/EXES
2020-11-01
0.40
Detection of the Geminga pulsar with MAGIC hints at a power-law tail emission beyond 15 GeV
2020-11-01
0.02
Discovery of HC3O+ in space: The chemistry of O-bearing species in TMC-1⋆
2020-10-01
0.63
Discovery of HC4NC in TMC-1: A study of the isomers of HC3N, HC5N, and HC7N
2020-10-01
0.86
The principle of maximum entropy explains the cores observed in the mass distribution of dwarf galaxies
2020-10-01
0.17
VVVX-Gaia discovery of a low luminosity globular cluster in the Milky Way disk
2020-10-01
0.02
Web of the giant: Spectroscopic confirmation of a large-scale structure around the z = 6.31 quasar SDSS J1030+0524
2020-10-01
0.01
Tentative detection of HC5NH+ in TMC-1
2020-09-11
0.63
Interstellar nitrile anions: Detection of C3N− and C5N− in TMC-1
2020-09-01
0.75
Detection of vibrationally excited HC7N and HC9N in IRC +10216
2020-08-01
0.68
Near-infrared emission lines trace the state-independent accretion disc wind of the black hole transient MAXI J1820+070
2020-08-01
0.25
Quantifying the evidence for resonant damping of coronal waves with foot-point wave power asymmetry
2020-08-01
0.25
A temperature inversion with atomic iron in the ultra-hot dayside atmosphere of WASP-189b
2020-07-10
0.08
Larger λR in the disc of isolated active spiral galaxies than in their non-active twins
2020-07-01
0.36
The Large Magellanic Cloud stellar content with SMASH
2020-07-01
0.09
ALMA full polarization observations of PKS 1830−211 during its record-breaking flare of 2019
2020-06-01
0.33
68 10.07
175 23.70
14 1.01
22 5.16
11 0.20
39 7.57
1 0.07
3 0.23
2 0.08
1 0.04
3 0.40
13 3.51
9 1.02
84 10.75
4 0.73
7 0.79
8 0.78
10 0.64
54 5.88
Chemistry 286 60.54
Life Sciences 376 61.38
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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