Catalyst

The science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Catalyst has been published for over 20 years with more than 200 articles as PDFs available on the eLibrary from volume 13 to the most recent issue. Catalyst is published 4 times each academic year: October, December, February and April.

  • Catalyst magazine on the eLibrary: bringing science to life

    This topical magazine brings science to life, with insights into cutting-edge research and practical applications of complex science in the world around us. Browse the archive on the eLibrary.

  • Encourage your students to learn online using Catalyst magazine

    Your students can develop their scientific interests and research skills, and find out where science can take them in the future. They can browse and search hundreds of articles from past issues of Catalyst.

  • Get subscriptions and back copies from Mindsets

    Academic year subscriptions and individual back copies from Mindsets. Subscribe to Catalyst from as little as £7.00 (4 copies per academic year), or buy individual copies of current and back issues directly from Mindsets (formerly MUTR).

Access Catalyst articles online

View articles from the latest issue of Catalyst in the eLibrary, with articles covering current developments in biology, chemistry and physics, including science-related careers, and much more.

Browse the archive of over 200 articles on the eLibrary, all within the Catalyst collection of issues from volume 13 to the most recent issue.
 

How can I get print copies of Catalyst?

Teachers, schools and students can take out academic year subscriptions to Catalyst from as little as £7.00 (4 issues per year), or purchase individual copies of current and back issues (from September 2007). Subscribe or buy individual copies at Mindsets.

Individuals who are professionally involved in 14-19 science teaching in the UK that are registered on the STEM Learning website can get the next issue of Catalyst free for a limited time prior to its launch.

Who can receive a free copy of Catalyst?

Catalyst, the science magazine for students aged 14-19 years, has been published for over 20 years with more than 200 articles which are now available on the eLibrary from volume 13 to the most recent issue. The magazine is published 4 times each academic year: October, December, February and April.

Registered members of the STEM Learning website who fulfil each of the following criteria below can receive the next issue of Catalyst free:

  1. They need to be a resident in the UK.
  2. Their employer needs to be one of the following: school, college, higher education institution/university, home educator or STEM support organisation.
  3. They are professionally involved in 14-19 science teaching and employed in one of the following roles: consultant/adviser, governor, head of department, lecturer, senior leader, teacher, teacher educator, teaching assistant, technician or trainee teacher.

Please click here if you wish to register. Make sure you are signed up to the eNewsletter by ticking the box on the registration form. By doing this, you will receive a reminder email each time the latest issue is available to order.

Contact us if you have any queries.
 

A variety of science articles in every issue

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With a variety of articles in each issue, Catalyst magazine has something for everyone. Each issue contains four major articles typically covering physics, chemistry and biology. These major articles are usually linked to current developments and are often written by the scientists or engineers involved. The fourth article is cross-disciplinary and shows how science research often calls upon experts across all disciplines.

Shorter articles look at the broader issues in science, science-related careers and ideas for experiments that teachers can use in the classroom and students can try at home.

There is also an inspiring centre-spread image in each issue with an accompanying explanatory article. These images are often pulled out by teachers or students and used as posters.
 

Teachers using Catalyst in the classroom

Packed full of science-related articles, Catalyst magazine is a valuable resource for any secondary school science classroom. Some of the many different uses teachers have found for Catalyst as a resource in the classroom have been outlined in a downloadable article by the Catalyst editorial team.

Using Catalyst magazine: scientists and how they work

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An SEP publication focussing solely on the use of Catalyst magazine in your classroom with ideas of using exemplar articles from the Catalyst archive to teach aspects of how science works. The student activities show how students can interact with articles to learn about how scientists work. SEP Associates can download this booklet along with editable student activity sheets.

Volumes 1-17 of Catalyst: Secondary Science Review were published by Phillip Allan Updates. Volumes 18 onwards have been published by SEP who continue to be the current publishers of Catalyst: Secondary Science Review. SEP have been able to make volumes 13-17 available online, in addition to all volumes published by SEP.