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 September 2020 - 31 August 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 September 2020 - 31 August 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
1153 210.05

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Physical Sciences 523 82.35
17 3.81
11 1.36
8 0.52
12 5.39
23 9.17
63 7.19
153 23.05
14 1.09
18 3.19
9 0.66
37 6.76
Deep neural networks using a single neuron: folded-in-time architecture using feedback-modulated delay loops
2021-08-27
0.20
Coherent coupling between vortex bound states and magnetic impurities in 2D layered superconductors
2021-08-03
0.36
Gαq activation modulates autophagy by promoting mTORC1 signaling
2021-07-27
0.30
Planar refraction and lensing of highly confined polaritons in anisotropic media
2021-07-15
0.09
Spectral index-flux relation for investigating the origins of steep decay in γ-ray bursts
2021-07-07
0.03
FtsZ induces membrane deformations via torsional stress upon GTP hydrolysis
2021-06-03
0.14
Event generation and statistical sampling for physics with deep generative models and a density information buffer
2021-05-20
0.06
A high-entropy manganite in an ordered nanocomposite for long-term application in solid oxide cells
2021-05-11
0.13
Hinge-shift mechanism as a protein design principle for the evolution of β-lactamases from substrate promiscuity to specificity
2021-03-25
0.03
Hyperbolic enhancement of photocurrent patterns in minimally twisted bilayer graphene
2021-03-12
0.08
Spin-state-dependent electrical conductivity in single-walled carbon nanotubes encapsulating spin-crossover molecules
2021-03-11
0.08
Complex plasmon-exciton dynamics revealed through quantum dot light emission in a nanocavity
2021-02-26
0.11
Seasonal biological carryover dominates northern vegetation growth
2021-02-12
0.03
Mechanisms of feedback inhibition and sequential firing of active sites in plant aspartate transcarbamoylase
2021-02-11
0.35
Giant optical anisotropy in transition metal dichalcogenides for next-generation photonics
2021-02-08
0.03
A population-based controlled experiment assessing the epidemiological impact of digital contact tracing
2021-01-26
0.02
van der Waals driven anharmonic melting of the 3D charge density wave in VSe
2021-01-26
0.12
Sarcoma classification by DNA methylation profiling
2021-01-21
0
Non-volatile optical switch of resistance in photoferroelectric tunnel junctions
2021-01-15
1
How ice grows from premelting films and water droplets
2021-01-11
0.45
Giant topological longitudinal circular photo-galvanic effect in the chiral multifold semimetal CoSi
2021-01-08
0.08
Multi-scale characterisation of a ferroelectric polymer reveals the emergence of a morphological phase transition driven by temperature
2021-01-08
0.15
FSC-Q: a CryoEM map-to-atomic model quality validation based on the local Fourier shell correlation
2021-01-04
0.69
Revealing 3D magnetization of thin films with soft X-ray tomography: magnetic singularities and topological charges
2020-12-14
0.13
Large deep-sea zooplankton biomass mirrors primary production in the global ocean
2020-11-27
0.11
Voltage-driven motion of nitrogen ions: a new paradigm for magneto-ionics
2020-11-18
0.18
Blue emission at atomically sharp 1D heterojunctions between graphene and h-BN
2020-10-23
0.02
Immunodominant proteins P1 and P40/P90 from human pathogen Mycoplasma pneumoniae
2020-10-14
0.24
Andean drought and glacial retreat tied to Greenland warming during the last glacial period
2020-10-12
0.08
In primary airway epithelial cells, the unjamming transition is distinct from the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition
2020-10-07
0.08
Plasmonic antenna coupling to hyperbolic phonon-polaritons for sensitive and fast mid-infrared photodetection with graphene
2020-09-25
0.06
Thioglycoligase derived from fungal GH3 β-xylosidase is a multi-glycoligase with broad acceptor tolerance
2020-09-25
0.83
Fabrication of a novel magnetic topological heterostructure and temperature evolution of its massive Dirac cone
2020-09-24
0.03
Retrospective evaluation of whole exome and genome mutation calls in 746 cancer samples
2020-09-21
0
Graphene transistors for real-time monitoring molecular self-assembly dynamics
2020-09-18
0.02
Hot electrons in a nanowire hard X-ray detector
2020-09-18
0.10
A gas-to-particle conversion mechanism helps to explain atmospheric particle formation through clustering of iodine oxides
2020-09-09
0.36
1 0.03
2 0.10
3 0.06
2 0.07
6 1.06
8 1.02
61 8.17
4 0.79
8 2.13
7 0.86
10 0.99
46 4.90
Chemistry 254 56.84
Life Sciences 368 65.03
Earth & Environmental Sciences 143 25.84

Highlight of the month

Ingredient for life seeded by interstellar space?

© Javier Zayas Photography/Moment/Getty Images

© Javier Zayas Photography/Moment/Getty Images

A molecule that may have been key to the emergence of life on Earth could have come from interstellar space by hitching a lift on meteorites.

The emergence of life required a molecular method of encoding and replicating genetic information. It also needed a membrane-like material to enclose and protect the genetic material.

All cell membranes today are formed from a bilayer of phospholipids, which consist of a hydrophilic headgroup and two hydrophobic tails. The simplest phospholipids incorporate the molecule ethanolamine in their headgroup.

Now, a team led by researchers at the Spanish National Research Council has shown that ethanolamine can form in interstellar space. By analysing radio telescope data, the team detected ethanolamine in an interstellar molecular cloud.

As ethanolamine has previously been detected in meteoritic material, the molecule may have been delivered to early Earth by meteorites. It could thus have been available for the formation of the first cellular membranes.

Supported content

  1. PNAS 118, e2101314118 (2021). doi: 10.1073/pnas.2101314118

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 September 2020 - 31 August 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 41.35% Domestic
  • 58.65% International

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

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (348 total)

  • Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain
  • Domestic institution
  1. Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Spain (69.85)
    34.46
    35.39
  2. Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT), Spain (49.10)
    17.09
    32
  3. Institute for Corpuscular Physics (IFIC), Spain (46.34)
    16.07
    30.27
  4. University of Valencia (UV), Spain (44.79)
    22.22
    22.56
  5. University of Barcelona (UB), Spain (34.04)
    15.74
    18.29
  6. University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Spain (32.95)
    13.20
    19.75
  7. Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain (28.02)
    15.51
    12.50
  8. Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain (25.53)
    12.84
    12.69
  9. University of Seville (US), Spain (23.07)
    13.59
    9.48
  10. Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain (22.45)
    13.93
    8.52

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

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