CSIC Annual Reports
The Governing Board at the proposal of the Presidency approves, before June 30, the Annual Report corresponding to the previous year (Article 25b. Statute). All annual reports since 1940 are available for reference.
The so-called contemporary or post-restructuring reports were produced between 1986 and 2002 with the philosophy of trying to systematise the content in two directions: firstly, the obtaining of results, and secondly, bringing the organisation closer to the public. As of 1993, the basic structure of the annual reports centred on the scientific programme, the technical and/or support centes, and scientific outreach, as the nexus of efforts to bring science to society. Another aspect which took on a more central role was international scientific cooperation, without forgetting the funding of scientific activity.
During this period the annual reports took on a more popular science character in an attempt to bring scientific activity closer to society. There was a recognition in this period that the CSCI's complexity and its large number of centres would make it impossible to give exhaustive information about all their activities, and readers were referred to the individual centre reports for details of their achievements in the year in question. The work done by the centres was summarised in a schematic outline of the research activity conducted. The annual reports focused on the task of managing resources and the scope of that management.
In the second half of the 1960s there was a radical change in the structure of the annual reports. They went from being viewed as a historical report on the year's activity and became an annual statistical report. The specific research activities went into the background and the collective work and group research lines, in short the global research policy, were brought to the fore. The quantitative data predominated over the expression of individual work, which was encompassed by the statistics. In this period a strong UNESCO influence was clearly visible. Its organisation and systematisation of the scientific and knowledge areas was adopted, reflecting the CSIC's desire to fully integrate itself with the international scientific community.
In the early years of the CSIC standards for the drafting of the annual report gave the centres considerable liberty in terms of the form and length of their submissions, which led to their being considerable heterogeneity among the data supplied, and although this enriched the account of the activities undertaken, it meant that the amount of information given varied greatly from one centre to the next.