Focus and Scope

Catalyst is an open-access, peer review journal hosted by the Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Department. The journal aims to capture the very essence of BBS life by showcasing work from various perspectives: undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, Postdocs.

The intent of Catalyst is to publish articles in the following categories:

1. Papers – these are course project essays. Papers featuring study questions and reviews of current courses, with suggestions on topics that should be included, are also highly encouraged.

2. Perspectives – these are reflections/narratives regarding various topics from different perspectives. For faculty these might encompass opinions on teaching, research, grant writing, etc. For students these might encompass viewpoints on learning, research, careers, etc.

3. Protocols – these are short articles highlighting experiments in BBS. Articles focusing on tried, tested and simple laboratory experiments are especially sought after.  We also encourage articles on negative results.  This section can also include short research/ project reviews. These should not exceed 3000-5000 words with 3-5 diagrams or tables, and references listed should be representative rather than comprehensive.

4. Multimedia – these are collections of podcasts, videos or any other format depicting BBS life, research, education, teaching, etc.

Peer Review Process

Catalyst works to ensure rapid and fair peer-review of all submissions. Reviewers are graduate students or postdoctoral fellows within the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University, with a wide array of expertise and are recruited to a submission with strict consideration for any potential conflicts of interest.

Publication Frequency

coming soon

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


We would like to thank the Academic Science Fund for their financial support in this initiative.