Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

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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
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
Raining in MKW 3 s: A Chandra-MUSE Analysis of X-Ray Cold Filaments around 3CR 318.1
2021-05-10
0.01
Thiols in the Interstellar Medium: First Detection of HC(O)SH and Confirmation of C2H5SH
2021-04-30
0.23
A Low-mass Cold and Quiescent Core Population in a Massive Star Protocluster
2021-04-29
0.03
The Origin of the E/Z Isomer Ratio of Imines in the Interstellar Medium
2021-04-29
0.35
HAWC Search for High-mass Microquasars
2021-04-28
0
Evidence that Ultra-high-energy Gamma Rays Are a Universal Feature near Powerful Pulsars
2021-04-21
0
Broadband Multi-wavelength Properties of M87 during the 2017 Event Horizon Telescope Campaign
2021-04-14
0.02
First M87 Event Horizon Telescope Results. VII. Polarization of the Ring
2021-03-24
0.02
First M87 Event Horizon Telescope Results. VIII. Magnetic Field Structure near The Event Horizon
2021-03-24
0.02
Polarimetric Properties of Event Horizon Telescope Targets from ALMA
2021-03-24
0.02
3D Solar Coronal Loop Reconstructions with Machine Learning
2021-03-23
0.25
The Core Mass Function in the Orion Nebula Cluster Region: What Determines the Final Stellar Masses?
2021-03-22
0
On the Contribution of the X-Ray Source to the Extended Nebular He ii Emission in IZW18
2021-02-25
0.75
A Self-consistent Simulation of Proton Acceleration and Transport Near a High-speed Solar Wind Stream
2021-02-19
0.04
The 60 pc Environment of FRB 20180916B
2021-02-11
0.01
The New Magnetar SGR J1830−0645 in Outburst
2021-01-29
0.20
Evidence of 200 TeV Photons from HAWC J1825-134
2021-01-28
0
Evidence of a Clear Atmosphere for WASP-62b: The Only Known Transiting Gas Giant in the JWST Continuous Viewing Zone
2021-01-11
0.03
MUSE Reveals Extended Circumnuclear Outflows in the Seyfert 1 NGC 7469
2021-01-11
0.02
The Optical Luminosity–Time Correlation for More than 100 Gamma-Ray Burst Afterglows
2020-12-21
0.10
Near-infrared Spectroscopy of CK Vulpeculae: Revealing a Remarkably Powerful Blast from the Past
2020-11-27
0
A Case of Simultaneous Star and Planet Formation
2020-11-19
0.09
Heavy-element Abundances in P-rich Stars: A New Site for the s-process?
2020-11-19
0.31
Direct Radio Discovery of a Cold Brown Dwarf
2020-11-09
0
On the Presence of a Universal Acceleration Scale in Elliptical Galaxies
2020-11-06
0.13
Orbital Foregrounds for Ultra-short Duration Transients
2020-11-05
0.01
HAWC and Fermi-LAT Detection of Extended Emission from the Unidentified Source 2HWC J2006+341
2020-10-29
0
Discovery of a Fast-expanding Shell in the Inside-out Born-again Planetary Nebula HuBi 1 through High-dispersion Integral Field Spectroscopy
2020-10-23
0.27
Discovery of a Gamma-Ray Black Widow Pulsar by GPU-accelerated Einstein@Home
2020-10-22
0.01
On the Rate of Crustal Failures in Young Magnetars
2020-10-19
0.38
Gravitational-wave Constraints on the Equatorial Ellipticity of Millisecond Pulsars
2020-10-12
0
Increasing Activity in T CrB Suggests Nova Eruption Is Impending
2020-10-08
0
The X-Ray Reactivation of the Radio Bursting Magnetar SGR J1935+2154
2020-10-05
0.27
A New Candidate Luminous Blue Variable
2020-09-23
0.10
Geometry of the Draco C1 Symbiotic Binary
2020-09-15
0.04
Cosmic Amorphous Dust Model as the Origin of Anomalous Microwave Emission
2020-09-11
0.13
A Statistical Standard Siren Measurement of the Hubble Constant from the LIGO/Virgo Gravitational Wave Compact Object Merger GW190814 and Dark Energy Survey Galaxies
2020-09-07
0.05
Chromospheric Resonances above Sunspots and Potential Seismological Applications
2020-09-07
0.13
Properties and Astrophysical Implications of the 150 M ⊙ Binary Black Hole Merger GW190521
2020-09-02
0
Prebiotic Precursors of the Primordial RNA World in Space: Detection of NH2OH
2020-08-19
0.31
Limits on the Spin–Orbit Angle and Atmospheric Escape for the 22 Myr Old Planet AU Mic b
2020-08-07
0.01
Evidence of Runaway Gas Cooling in the Absence of Supermassive Black Hole Feedback at the Epoch of Cluster Formation
2020-08-03
0.03
Discovery of the Optical Afterglow and Host Galaxy of Short GRB 181123B at z = 1.754: Implications for Delay Time Distributions
2020-07-28
0
Hidden AGNs in Dwarf Galaxies Revealed by MaNGA: Light Echoes, Off-nuclear Wanderers, and a New Broad-line AGN
2020-07-28
0.81
A New Class of Roche Lobe–filling Hot Subdwarf Binaries
2020-07-23
0.01
The Ionized Warped Disk and Disk Wind of the Massive Protostar Monoceros R2-IRS2 Seen with ALMA
2020-07-13
0.30
GW190814: Gravitational Waves from the Coalescence of a 23 Solar Mass Black Hole with a 2.6 Solar Mass Compact Object
2020-06-23
0
Radio Power from a Direct-collapse Black Hole in CR7
2020-06-23
0.05
The Lowest-frequency Fast Radio Bursts: Sardinia Radio Telescope Detection of the Periodic FRB 180916 at 328 MHz
2020-06-22
0.04
A Very Young Radio-loud Magnetar
2020-06-17
0.22
HAWC J2227+610 and Its Association with G106.3+2.7, a New Potential Galactic PeVatron
2020-06-16
0
Optical Observations Reveal Strong Evidence for High-energy Neutrino Progenitor
2020-06-15
0.03
On the Metamorphosis of the Bailey Diagram for RR Lyrae Stars
2020-06-11
0.01
Supernova Siblings: Assessing the Consistency of Properties of Type Ia Supernovae that Share the Same Parent Galaxies
2020-06-10
0.03
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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