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PEDAL Hub: Resource Library

What is PEDAL Hub for?

PEDAL Hub is a free online database for research, books, videos and other content related to play in education, development and learning. We know that the internet is full of resources that tell people what is good for their children, and what is harmful, and oftentimes we just cannot tell the difference between the quality of the information. We hope that PEDAL Hub will create a platfrom for parents, teachers, policymakers, charity workers, and researchers in other fields to find out more about the high-quality evidence that is out there in the field of play research.

Over time, we hope to amass a library of the most up-to-date academic journal articles, accompanied by summaries known as 'Play Pieces'; these summaries will hopefully help translate the academic research jargon into a more easily accessible format. We believe this is important for the research-driven evidence to make it into practice at home, schools, and charities, and even into policy on an international level. 

How do you search on PEDAL Hub?

We've created a step by step explanation on how to use our search engine. Click here to have a read. 

Can I share the material I find on PEDAL Hub?

In short, yes.

We would love it if you shared your experience of PEDAL Hub with your colleagues, friends, and family. Our Play Pieces are shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence, which means that if you share parts or the whole of our Play Piece texts, you need to provide attribution to PEDAL Hub, and it would be appreciated if you also provided a link back to the website. Our CC licence also means that you cannot reuse our Play Pieces for commercial use, and you cannot make alterations to the text under its NoDerivative clause. If you would like to read more about the Creative Commons Licence, you can do so here.

We do not hold copyright to the content within our database, so please always check with the Journal/author/publisher if you intend to use part of their work for commercial use, or if you wish to redistribute any material.

I have published a paper that I think should be on PEDAL Hub. What can I do?

If you have written a paper that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal, or if you have had a book published, or you authored a chapter in a book, you can submit it to us for review here.The more information you provide for us about your article, the better; relevant key words and new tags can be assigned to your article, and we can then see if it fits with the profile of our website, and that it meets our quality requirements. Please understand that while we hope to publish as many of the submissions as possible, publication is solely at our discretion. As our database grows, and new areas of research are incorporated into our scope, we hope that more and more submissions will arrive from different disciplines as well.

Do you only accept submissions that relate to developmental psychology and play?

Who is reviewing my submission?

Submissions will be reviewed by academics and research staff at the University of Cambridge's PEDAL centre.

What are your reviewing/quality criteria?

The criteria we have established is that all resources be based on research that has been peer reviewed. For example, if a journal does not require a peer review then an article submitted from that publication may not be published on PEDAL Hub. All chapter and books also need to have been based on peer reviewed research. Policy documents and reports will be examined by a committee of academics from the University of Cambridge.

Will I get an answer about my submission?

We will contact you, via email, within 4 weeks of receiving your submission of whether it was accepted or rejected.

How can I keep up to date with other things happening at PEDAL?

There are several ways you can keep up to date with what PEDAL is currently involved in.

  1. You can follow us on Twitter, where we like to advertise our free talks and seminars, and retweet relevant content by our team members and others from the Twitersphere. Our Twitter handle is @PEDALCam.

  2. You can also sign up to our mailing list, where we keep in touch by sending you our e-Newsletter, and invites to our free events. If you would like to sign up to our mailing list, send us an e-mail.

  3. You should also keep an eye out on our News & Events page on the PEDAL website.

If you are interested in a specific event that we're running, and you couldn't find enough information about them through the suggestions above, please feel free to contact us.

I am trying to access articles, but I don't belong to any university; is there anything I can legally do to get access?

We suggest that you download the Unpaywall extension to your browser; this is a tool that searches for legal open access copies of journal articles so that you can access them even if you do not have an institutional login. While Unpaywall may not be able to find all the articles that you're looking for, we think it's a brilliant tool and hope to have it integrated into our website in the future.