Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias *Government


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Foundation: 1975

Mission: To carry out and promote any type of astrophysical research or research related to it, as well as to develop and transfer its technology; to disseminate astronomical knowledge, to collaborate in the specialized university education of astronomy and astrophysics and to train and prepare scientific and technical personnel in all fields related to Astrophysics; to administer the already existing astronomical centres, observatories and facilities and those that will be created or incorporated into their administration in the future, as well as the units at their service; and to foster relations with the national and international scientific community.

Vision: International leadership in Astrophysics achieving excellent scientific and technological results, strengthening the Canarian Observatories as an "astronomical reserve", attracting first class research infrastructures, becoming a reference centre in Europe for the training of research and technical personnel and transferring knowledge between scientific communities.


Subordinate organizations:

  • Centro de Astrofisica en La Palma


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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.

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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

AreaWorldWestern EuropeEU-28IBEROAMERICAOECDSpain
Earth and Planetary Sciences 201st78th75th12th142nd5th
Physics and Astronomy 455th234th230th39th385th27th

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.

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