Library

The Camtree Digital Library is currently under development and will be available from mid-2022. The Library will be based on the DSpace 7 digital repository and will be hosted by Atmire.

It will enable:

  • Easy publication of research reports
  • Camtree domains will be able to manage their own collections
  • Peer review of submissions and post-publication reader ratings
  • Full-text and keyword searching of reports
  • Structured abstracts allowing consistent description of methods and findings
  • Author profiles and citation information
  • Export of search results in a range of formats
  • Sharing and syndication of content to other web platforms and social media

Publishing with Camtree

Camtree’s primary concern is to enable publication and sharing of close-to-practice educational research in formats that are accessible to the greatest number of practitioners. As a result, we are focusing on supporting teachers in writing and submitting research reports which are short, structured pieces of writing of around 2000-3000 words with a focus on practice.

What goes into a Research Report?

Research Reports may differ in their format and content to some extent, but will have the following main sections:

  • Context
  • Motivation, focus and questions
  • Inquiry plan and activities
  • Ethical considerations and relationships
  • Findings
  • Resources
  • Changes to practice
  • Reflective evaluation
  • Next steps
  • References

Camtree provides templates for research reports. These are downloadable here as Microsoft Word Templates for completion. The files already have styles and content embedded which will allow you to produce a report in Camtree format. They also have prompts, questions and guidance about the content of each of the sections of the report.

Can you publish my thesis?

We are interested in hearing from teacher trainees and students who have carried out close-to-practice research as part of their initial training programmes or a Masters’ degree. However, if you have completed a thesis of 7000 words or more, we would want to publish it along with a shorter research report in the format outlined above which discusses the implications of your research for practice.

If you have completed a PhD or EdD thesis, then we would be interested in receiving a research report with a focus on practice, although the thesis itself will probably have been archived in a university research repository. We would recommend you referring to the full thesis and providing its URL in your university repository in the text of your research report.

There is a version of the Camtree research report template which has advice on how to transform your thesis or dissertation into a research report aimed at practitioners here:

What are structured abstracts?

Structured abstracts are short (less than 300 word) summaries highlighting key aspects of the report. All submissions to the Camtree Library must be accompanied by a structured abstract – it’s part of the ‘metadata’ that accompanies your report, as well as forming a part of it, and is essential if your work is to be indexed correctly and made ‘findable’ by search engines (and human readers).

Camtree structured abstracts have the following sections:

  • Background and purpose
  • Aims
  • Study design or methodology
  • Findings
  • Implications for practice

Writing abstracts isn’t easy, so we will be developing some resources (and good examples) to help you write yours.

Library Developments

If you have not already done so, Please register here to be kept up to date with Camtree digital library developments.

If you would like to publish your own research with us, or discuss using the Camtree digital library to host an existing collection of close-to-practice research reports or other resources, please contact us directly using the contact form or by email at camtree@hughes.cam.ac.uk.