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 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

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 October 2018 - 30 September 2019 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
1149 192.59

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Life Sciences 326 54.71
Earth & Environmental Sciences 114 23.78
Physical Sciences 577 76.30
13 2.42
16 3.17
7 2.71
17 3.63
15 3.78
Discovery of the first Ca-bearing molecule in space: CaNC
The Close AGN Reference Survey (CARS)
Direct estimation of electron density in the Orion Bar PDR from mm-wave carbon recombination lines
Gaia-assisted selection of a quasar reddened by dust in an extremely strong damped Lyman-α absorber at z = 2.226
The evolution of luminous red nova AT 2017jfs in NGC 4470
The origin of very massive stars around NGC 3603
A tidal tale: detection of several stellar streams in the environment of NGC 1052
Dust properties of double-tailed active asteroid (6478) Gault
Gaia DR2 reveals a star formation burst in the disc 2–3 Gyr ago
Oscillations in the Sun with SONG: Setting the scale for asteroseismic investigations
Unveiling a cluster of protostellar disks around the massive protostar GGD 27 MM1
A progenitor candidate for the type II-P supernova SN 2018aoq in NGC 4151
Gas infall and possible circumstellar rotation in R Leonis
MUSE-AO view of the starburst–AGN connection: NGC 7130
Chemical segregation of complex organic O-bearing species in Orion KL
84 8.82
142 16.11
17 1.68
22 3.76
9 0.63
37 6.28
5 1.28
1 0.10
2 0.56
1 0.10
14 2.03
11 0.98
95 10.77
3 0.75
2 0.48
7 0.77
2 0.74
55 4.73
Chemistry 246 60.04

Highlight of the month

Senses arise in the brain before birth

© Adam Gault/Getty

© Adam Gault/Getty

Sensory maps in the mammalian brain take shape as the embryo develops, scientists in Spain have shown. This finding upends the idea that physical experiences are needed for neurons to pattern themselves into circuits representative of touch, sight, smell and other sensory systems.

A team from the Spanish National Research Council–affiliated Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante genetically disrupted the structured pattern of spontaneous calcium waves in the thalamus of embryonic mice. Consequently, the mice failed to respond normally to stimuli applied to their whiskers.

The findings suggest that functional sensory maps are sketched out in utero well before actual sensory inputs begin to fill in the details. This could help explain why some people are born with synaesthesia, a condition marked by unusual links between sensory experiences.

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  1. Science 364, 987–990 (2019). doi: 10.1126/science.aav7617

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 27.88% Domestic
  • 72.12% International

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

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

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