Council for Scientific and Industrial ResearchGovernment

South Africa

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Foundation: 1945

Mission: Collaboratively innovating and localising technologies while providing knowledge solutions for the inclusive and sustainable advancement of industry and society

Vision: We are accelerators of socio-economic prosperity in South Africa through leading innovation



Overall percentile


Research percentile


Innovation percentile


Societal percentile

Evolution of the institution

The following data gives a quick reading on the scientific performance in the last years. The research ranking refers to the volume, impact and quality of the institution's research output. The innovation ranking is calculated on the number of patent applications of the institution and the citations that its research output receives from patents. Finally, the societal ranking is based on the number of pages of the institution's website and the number of backlinks and mentions from social networks.

Compared to its context

The result of the evaluation of the institution can be compared to obtain a view of the country, the region to which it belongs and the institutions of the world, placing it in their respective positions.

Compared to All sectors (percentiles)
Compared to Government sector (percentiles)

Ranks by Subject area

We have divided the scientific output of the institution into 19 large areas of knowledge and the following table shows only the ranks in different territorial domains achieved by the institution in each of the areas. For an institution to have a presence in an area, it is necessary that it exceed in the last year a minimum output threshold equivalent to twice the percentage that this area represents in the world. If you need scientific indicators on these areas visit Scopus and/or SciVal

AreaWorldAfricaBRIICSSouth Africa
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 645th17th220th8th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 833rd27th305th12th
Chemistry 638th17th306th7th
Computer Science 588th17th200th5th
Earth and Planetary Sciences 361st5th122nd3rd
Energy 434th7th186th3rd
Engineering 503rd8th183rd3rd
Environmental Science 466th5th213th4th
Mathematics 576th24th209th9th
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 669th19th216th8th
Physics and Astronomy 483rd4th127th1st
Social Sciences 677th26th186th14th

Publishing profile

These are the journals used by the institution's researchers to publish their work in the last year. The size of each circle represents the value of the SJR of the publication, and its spatial position represents its subject matter.

This visualizatiĆ³n allows you to identify the knowledge areas where the institution has published, recognize the prestige of the scientific journals in which the institution knowledge has been published, and identify predominant scientific communities.

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