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 areas/categories

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 1565th23rd311th5th
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3869th51st777th15th
Business, Management and Accounting 2496th92nd540th22nd
Chemistry 2624th35th599th9th
Computer Science 2756th58th609th11th
Earth and Planetary Sciences +1905th30th501st9th
Energy 2773rd94th788th15th
Engineering +2813th47th689th13th
Environmental Science 2484th43rd677th12th
Medicine +    
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics 2822nd61st624th17th
Physics and Astronomy 2058th25th444th9th
Social Sciences +2460th54th449th20th

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 visualizatión 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.

Where is the institution located?

  • Government
  • Health
  • Universities
  • Companies
  • Non-Profit
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