accessible research makes a societal impact

Research is more accessible to a wider audience when communicated as a simple, plain-language summary. This saves the reader time, makes insights easier to digest, and makes their use case in policy or practice clearer.

Make a societal impact

Your hard work should be seen and read by those who can put it into action. This gives your work meaning and helps to impact societies and people’s livelihoods for the better.

Globally disseminate research ideas

Your research will be seen by a new  audience of academics and professionals wanting to engage with your work. Giving your research a greater chance to attain its impact potential.

Increase your citations

Matching relevant academic research to the end user means more of the right people will find, read and use your work to strengthen their own – citing you as a reference. 

Increase your network and collaboration opportunities

Not only do we match academic insights to the end-user, but we match you to practitioners  – and vice versa. We do all we can to foster a more collaborative and productive community.

Better position yourself for research grants and funding

There are more academics than ever before, and grants are becoming increasingly competitive. Evidencing your societal impact is no longer optional, but a necessity.

Why we need your research

Academic knowledge produced through rigorous research methods has the potential to advance societies and foster innovation across the globe.

NGOs and governments need academic insights to increase evidence-based decision-making that leads to more efficient and effective outcomes.

Academic insights inform leaders and communities to empower and improve the livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

But only if it’s seen. We show your research to those who can put it into action so an impact can be made.

Adding a summary to Acume is simple

Step One

Make a free Acume account  and add right from your dashboard.

Otherwise you can email us for an interview.

Step Two

Answer the questions on the submission form to  translate and categorise your research. This will turn into your summary

Step Three

The summary is added to the database, then matched with users. You can edit the summary at any time from your dashboard.

Writing the perfect summary

We have a whole suite of resources to help you turn your research into a helpful summary for a non-academic reader.

It’s important to remember that you are writing for a diverse audience with different educations, who may not be familiar with the theoretical debate. This audience are most interested in your facts, observations, empirical findings, why it is interesting, and exactly what it means to them – how should they put it into practice?

 Keep language clear and understandable, avoid jargon, and make your recommendations practical. Your recommendations are your own opinions 

Let others Learn and Use your findings

Who can share research on Acume?

To be published as an academic on Acume, you must be currently employed as a researcher or academic with a university or research institution. You may submit older papers from a time you were employed by a university or research institution.

PhD candidates under supervision by an academic can add their research. But we do not currently accept summaries from Masters students. 

As we can only build a valuable resource if we represent diversity of perspective, we strongly encourage academics from every identity to submit research.

We welcome:

  • Academics from any country in the world
  • Academics who are junior and senior
  • Academics from any intersectional identity
  • PhD students
  • Research that has or has not been peer-reviewed
  • Research that has or has not been published
  • Different forms of research outputs (not just journal papers)


Our requirement is that all research is academically researched and ethical.