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
84 8.82
142 16.11
17 1.68
HST unveils a compact mildly relativistic broad-line region in the candidate true type 2 NGC 3147
Star formation in CALIFA early-type galaxies: a matter of discs
Exploring a new definition of the green valley and its implications
Do evolved stars in the LMC show dual dust chemistry?
Detection of the self-regulation of star formation in galaxy discs
SDSS-IV MaNGA: stellar population gradients within barred galaxies
On the enlargement of habitable zones around binary stars in hostile environments
A near-infrared study of the multiphase outflow in the type-2 quasar J1509+0434
Triggering magnetar outbursts in 3D force-free simulations
How nucleation and luminosity shape faint dwarf galaxies
First detection of the pre-biotic molecule glycolonitrile (HOCH2CN) in the interstellar medium
Time-resolved image polarimetry of TRAPPIST-1 during planetary transits
Two kinematically distinct old globular cluster populations in the Large Magellanic Cloud
Abundant Z-cyanomethanimine in the interstellar medium: paving the way to the synthesis of adenine
BAM: bias assignment method to generate mock catalogues
Inner bars also buckle. The MUSE TIMER view of the double-barred galaxy NGC 1291
Space astrometry of the very massive ∼150 M⊙ candidate runaway star VFTS682
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

Vision correction could be a traffic hazard

© Casarsa/Getty

© Casarsa/Getty

Drivers using monovision to treat presbyopia — the inability to focus on near objects that often develops with age — could be putting other road users at risk.

Monovision is the contact lens equivalent of bifocal glasses. Different prescription lenses provide near vision to one eye and far vision to the other, resulting in one image being more blurred than the other.

A team that included researchers from the Spanish National Research Council used a computer animation to test motion perception among monovision users.

They found that millisecond differences in the processing speeds of the blurry and clear images alter the viewer’s depth perception of moving objects. The researchers calculated that a cyclist moving at about 24 kilometres per hour could appear almost 3 metres further away than they really were.

As presbyopia proliferates in the ageing population, eliminating such optical illusions will be essential to prevent traffic accidents caused by drivers breaking too slowly.

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  1. Current Biology 29, 2586–2592 (2019). doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.06.070

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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