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 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

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 July 2019 - 30 June 2020 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
1213 212.39

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Life Sciences 342 58
Physical Sciences 589 86.86
Chemistry 270 60.74
Earth & Environmental Sciences 145 32.82

Highlight of the month

Getting around plant cells



A set of factors important for transporting proteins to the vacuoles of plant cells has been identified.

Vacuoles are important for plant growth, but how proteins are conveyed to plant vacuoles is largely unknown.

A team involving researchers at the Spanish National Research Council used a mutant screen to identify essential genes for the transport of vacuolar cargo. They found 17 mutants in 13 genes required for vacuolar transport, dubbed modified transport to the vacuole (MTV) genes.

Subcellular localization analysis placed most of the MTV proteins at the interface between the trans-Golgi network and multivesicular bodies, supporting the role of these compartments in the sorting of transported proteins.

However, two MTV proteins localized to ER- and microtubule-associated compartments (EMACs), and one of these proteins was shown to interact with the motor domain of kinesins. Together, these findings suggest that EMACs and kinesins play an as yet unknown role in plant vacuolar trafficking.

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  1. PNAS 117, 9884−9895 (2020). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1919820117

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 28.81% Domestic
  • 71.19% 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.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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