FAQs

  • How do I contribute my expertise to Acume?

    Create an account, fill in your profile and choose to share a research summary or opt-in to our expert network to be notified about opportunities to advise via a one-hour expert call

  • Who is eligible to publish research summaries on Acume?

    We allow two types of expert: an active academic researcher and other professional researchers who use academic methods. 

    Academics

    To contribute as an academic, you should meet the following criteria:

    • Be currently employed as a researcher or academic at a university or research institution.
    • If you are not currently employed in such a role, you can still submit older research conducted during your past academic employment.
    • PhD candidates under supervision are welcome to contribute their research. However, we are not accepting submissions from Master’s students at this time.

    We embrace and encourage diversity in our academic contributors. We welcome:

    • Academics from any country across the globe.
    • Both junior and senior academics.
    • Academics of any intersectional identity.
    • PhD students.
    • Research regardless of its peer-reviewed or published status.
    • Various forms of academic outputs, not just journal papers.

    Non-academics

    We also allow non-academics to contribute – such as researchers from think tanks, independent research organisations, and other types of scholarly entities. But we do require that the research used academic methodologies and the same high-level of ethical standards and scholarly rigour.

    By offering this broad scope of contributors, Acume ensures a rich and varied pool of knowledge, fostering a more inclusive and comprehensive understanding across different fields and perspectives.

  • Are there any hidden costs for using Acume?

    No, we are committed to democratising access to academic knowledge. There are no charges for academics to share their research summaries on our platform.

    Acume is funded by taking a fair commission from successfully matched expert consultations, ensuring our service remains free for academic contributors and for anyone to discover and read summaries.

  • What are the benefits of participating on Acume?

    Gain exposure, establish yourself as a thought leader, disseminate your research with ease, network with organisations and other academics, influence social impact, and earn an extra income (or donate it) for the expert calls you deliver.

  • Do I retain the copyright of my research when I share it on Acume?

    Absolutely. Your work remains yours. Acume is a platform to promote and distribute your research, like an academic blog. You have complete control and can make edits at any time.

  • Is peer-reviewed status required for the research I submit?

    No, we welcome rigorous, ethical, and high-quality research regardless of peer review status. We do ask questions about methodology to ensure transparency about where the research came from.

    Non-academics can also share their research, but the same questions are asked and they must identify as a a non-academic. 

  • How do I edit a research summary that I've already published?

    Editing your research summary on Acume is a straightforward process. Simply log in to your Acume account and navigate to the list of your summaries via the menu. Next to each summary, there’s an ‘Edit’ option. Click on this to make any changes or updates to your summary.

    Once you’re done editing, you can save the changes, and they will be updated immediately on the platform.

    Remember, you have complete control over your content and can make edits at any time to ensure your research is accurately and effectively represented.

  • How do I delete a summary?

    Yes, if you decide to remove your research summary from Acume, simply email us at research@acume.org. We will promptly delete your summary or move it back into draft mode, according to your preference.

  • How can I manage my availability for expert consultations on Acume?

    You have full control over your participation in the expert network. To change your availability status:

    • Open: Set this status if you are open to new consultation opportunities.
    • Pause: Use this when you want to temporarily stop receiving new opportunities.
    • Unavailable: Select this if you’re not currently available for any consultations.
  • Do I need to upload the full published research paper when contributing a summary?

    No, it’s not necessary to provide the full published paper. What we require is a concise summary about your research. If you have access to an open-source version of your full research paper, we encourage you to include a link with your summary so interested readers can explore your work in more depth.

    You also have the option to upload the full paper directly to Acume for our readers to easily access and download. However, this is entirely your choice and should only be done if you have the rights to freely distribute the paper.

  • How do I handle copyright restrictions on my published research?

    If your research paper is subject to copyright restrictions, we recommend sharing only what is permissible under those terms. Typically, a summary about the paper can be shared without issue, especially when in a new format and not copied and pasted. If you’re unsure, we advise checking with your publisher or institution regarding what content can be freely distributed.

    At Acume, we focus on making your insights accessible while respecting intellectual property laws. Additionally, by providing a link to the original publication, we not only ensure legal compliance but also support publishers by driving more readership to the published work. Our approach is about collaboration with the academic and publishing communities, not competition.

  • Can my research summary on Acume be based on multiple papers, such as a series of connected studies?

    Yes, at Acume, you have the flexibility to base your research summary on more than just one paper. If your research comprises a series of interconnected studies or papers, such as a PhD thesis encompassing multiple aspects of a topic, you can certainly reference all these papers in a single summary.

    Additionally, if you have conducted several studies on a particular theme, like gender development in a specific region of Nepal, you are welcome to consolidate and reference these studies in your summary, and then you might title your summary “Exploring Gender Dynamics and Development in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal” summarising the key findings of your collective research.

  • Where can I find resources to help with creating research summaries or participating in expert consultations?

    Once you log in to your Acume account, you’ll have access to a range of helpful resources. We’ve curated articles and guides specifically designed to assist you in creating effective research summaries and preparing for expert consultations.

  • What must I do differently when filling out the form for a research summary on Acume?

    When preparing a research summary for Acume, there are a few key differences to consider compared to writing a traditional academic paper:

    1. Simplify Language: Use simple, clear language accessible to a non-specialist audience. Avoid industry-specific jargon and complex terminologies.
    2. Focus on Practical Insights: Emphasise the practical applications of your research. Consider how your findings can be used by policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders.

    3. Highlight Key Takeaways: Distill your research into its most essential points. What are the main findings, and why do they matter? Make sure these are front and centre in your summary.

    4. Include Recommendations: Offer actionable recommendations or suggestions based on your professional expert opinion. Think about how your audience can apply these insights in their work.

    5. Adapt to the Format: The form may prompt you for specific information or insights. Tailor your responses to these prompts, ensuring they are direct and to the point. No need for adding unneeded words or sentences.

    6. Reflect on Audience Needs: Consider the diverse backgrounds of Acume’s audience, including many professionals without academic backgrounds. Your summary should cater to their needs and focus on providing information that’s both informative and usable for them.

    Remember, the goal is to make your academic work accessible and relevant to a broad audience. They’re interested in the tangible implications of your research—what it reveals, why it’s important, and how it can be applied in the real world.

  • Are other academics from my institution or co-authors from a research paper able to join Acume?

    We welcome diverse perspectives and encourage multiple academics from the same department or university to participate.

  • Can I join Acume if I'm not currently affiliated with a university?

    We welcome diverse perspectives and encourage multiple academics from the same department or university to participate.

  • Will I be able to see who read my summaries?

    While we are still developing our platform, our goal is to provide analytics on the types of organisations and professionals who engage with your work.

  • I have another question that isn't listed here.

    For any further inquiries, please reach out to us directly at research@acume.org, and we’ll be happy to assist you.