Terms of Service

Thanks for using Acume. Our mission is to open up academic insights for the international affairs and development sector. We are registered in England and Wales under company number 12888487. 

 These Terms of Service (“Terms”) apply to your access to and use of the acume.org website (the “Website”) and all other products and services (collectively “Services”) that Acume International Ltd. may offer. It also applies to all interactions including contact with our teams and engaging with us on social media.

By using our site, you confirm that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to comply with them. If you do not agree to these Terms, then you may not access the Website or use any Services. The Website and Services are available only to individuals who are at least 16 years old. 

These terms of use also refer to the following additional terms, which also apply to your use of our site:

  • Our Privacy Policy. Please see our Privacy Policy for information about how we collect, use, share and otherwise process information about you.
  • Our Code of Conduct. We ask that you read these carefully, as we do not tolerate any form of racism, intimidation, harassment, bullying or discrimination in any form. Anyone found breaching our rules will be immediately prevented from using our Services.
  • Our Logo Use Guidelines. Please see our Logo Use Guidelines if you wish to use the Acume Logo for the purpose of linking to the Acume site. 


Violation of any of the Terms will result in the termination of your account. You agree to use the Website and Services at your own risk.

If you have any questions about these Terms or our Services, please contact us at admin@acume.org.  

We may make changes to these terms

We change this policy from time to time. If we do amend these Terms, we will notify you by revising the date at the top of this policy. Every time you wish to use our site, please check these Terms to ensure you understand the terms that apply at that time. These Terms were most recently updated on 4/01/22. 

Unless we say otherwise in our notice, the amended Terms will be effective immediately, and your continued use of our Services will confirm your acceptance of the changes. If you do not agree to the amended Terms, you must stop using our Services.

Responsibility of Users

You are responsible for your use of the Services and any content you provide or promote, including compliance with applicable laws and adhering to copyright restrictions.

Your use of the Services must comply with our Rules.

At the time this policy was written, Acume reviews content submissions. Despite reviews, responsibility sits with the content contributor to ensure content was an outcome of ethical research, that was conducted in a fair, truthful, impartial, unbiased and unprejudiced manner. The researcher agrees that they have not presented interpretation as fact or been purposely misleading or malicious in any other way.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the Personal Information that you or a third party has provided was done so with full and correct levels of consent; which includes their awareness of possible implications or risks associated with being used in academic papers. You concede that you are not putting anyone at risk by sharing unconsented Personal Information within your content, and where necessary, you have sufficiently anonymised the Personal Information.

You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of these terms of use and other applicable terms and conditions, and that they comply with them.

If you are accepting these Terms and using the Services on behalf of someone else (such as another person or entity), you represent that you are authorised to do so, and in that case the words “you” or “your” in these Terms include that other person or entity.

How you may use material on our site

We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our site, and in the material published on it. We also reserve the right to extend this license to users of our platform. All intellectual property rights and materials published on our website are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

Content on the Services may also be protected by others’ intellectual property rights. Please do not copy, upload, download, or share content unless you have the right to do so.  

You must not modify the information on this platform or produce additional copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text, unless you have the permission or right to do so. 

Permission is granted to use the information as presented to support work decisions and cited within work reports. Permission is also granted to share snippets of information on social media platforms with the purpose to start a discussion or share knowledge with good intention. The original meaning of the information must always be upheld, and any shared information should link to the original URL to preserve its context. 

Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of content on our site must always be acknowledged (except where the content is user-generated).

If you copy, download, share or repost any part of our intellectual property without consent and in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

User accounts and keeping account details safe

For access to some or all of our Services you may need to register for an account. If you register for an account, you must provide accurate account information and ensure you keep your account information current.

You must also maintain the security of your account and choose a secure password. If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. You must not disclose it to any third party.

We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use.

If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your user identification code or password, you must promptly notify us at admin@acume.org

User generated content

Acume may review your conduct and content for compliance with these Terms and our Rules, and reserves the right to remove any violating content. 

Acume reserves the right to delete or discontinue content alleged to be infringing the intellectual property rights of others, and to terminate accounts of repeat infringers.

The information and materials uploaded by other users of the site to the Website, including to bulletin boards and chat rooms, have not been verified or approved by us. The views expressed by other users on our site do not represent our views or values.

If you wish to complain about content uploaded by other users, please contact us on admin@acume.org. 

Rights and Ownership

As a contributor, you retain your rights to any content you produce or display on or through the Services. You maintain the full rights of your original research paper, and you are not required to include original papers in submission. 

Unless otherwise agreed in writing, by submitting, posting, or displaying content on or through the Services, you grant Acume a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-settled license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your content with your name and other likeness provided in connection with your content in all media formats and distribution methods now known or later developed on the Services.

Acume needs this license because you own your content and Acume therefore cannot display it across its various surfaces (i.e., mobile, web) or allow others to share it (i.e. on social media, in reports) without your permission.

This type of license is also needed to distribute your content across our Services. For example, if you submit a summary on Acume, then it would need to be reproduced as versions on both our website and app, and distributed to multiple places within Acume, such as the homepage, database and reading lists. A modification might be that we show a snippet of your work (and not the full post) in a preview, with attribution to you. A derivative work might be a list of top academics or insights shared on Acume that uses portions of your content, again with full attribution. This license applies to our Services only and does not grant us any permissions outside of our Services.

You retain the right to discontinue Acume’s license of your content at any time. In this instance, we will remove the requested content from our website.

So long as you comply with these Terms, Acume gives you a limited, personal, non-exclusive, and non-assignable license to access and use our Services. But these Terms do not grant you any right, title or interest in Acume’s Services or any other scholars’ content on the Services.

Separate and apart from the content you submit, post or display on our Services, we welcome feedback, including any comments, ideas and suggestions you have about our Services. We may use this feedback for any purpose, in our sole discretion, without any obligation to you. If shared with any third party outside of Acume’s team, we will remove personal identifiers from the feedback, but internally feedback will be treated as non-confidential.

We may stop providing the Services or any of its features within our sole discretion. We also retain the right to create limits on use and storage and may remove or limit content distribution on the Services.

Websites We Link To ​​

Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information and convenience only. Such links should not be interpreted as approval by us of those linked websites or information you may obtain from them.

We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources, as they are added by an academic. While we remove spam when it comes to our attention, we do not know if the link points to an untrusted site, and we advise you not to give payment details to any unverified site.

Use of Personal Information

We will only use your personal information as set out in our Privacy Policy.

Modifying and Terminating Our Website and Services

We may update and change our site from time to time to reflect changes to our user’s needs and our business priorities. We will try to give you reasonable notice of any major changes.

You’re free to stop using our Services at any time. We reserve the right to suspend or terminate your access to the Services with or without notice.

We do not guarantee that our site, or any content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted. We may suspend or withdraw or restrict the availability of all or any part of our site for business and operational reasons. We will try to give you reasonable notice of any suspension or withdrawal.

Text, Data Mining or Web Scraping

You shall not conduct, facilitate, authorise or permit any text or data mining or web scraping in relation to our site or any services provided via, or in relation to, our site. This includes using (or permitting, authorising or attempting the use of):

  • Any “robot”, “bot”, “spider”, “scraper” or other automated device, program, tool, algorithm, code, process or methodology to access, obtain, copy, monitor or republish any portion of the site or any data, content, information or services accessed via the same.
  • Any automated analytical technique aimed at analysing text and data in digital form to generate information which includes but is not limited to patterns, trends and correlations.

The provisions in this clause should be treated as an express reservation of our rights in this regard, including for the purposes of Article 4(3) of Digital Copyright Directive ((EU) 2019/790). 

This clause shall not apply insofar as (but only to the extent that) we are unable to exclude or limit text or data mining or web scraping activity by contract under the laws which are applicable to us.


You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will cooperate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.

We cannot guarantee that our site will be secure or free from bugs or viruses, and while we strive to keep our services protected, we are not responsible for viruses. You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform to access our site. We advise you to use your own virus protection software.

Linking to Our Site 

You may link to our home page, a blog or research summary, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it.

We grant you a non-exclusive, royalty-free, revocable, worldwide licence to use our logo to indicate the link to our website provided that you follow our Logo Use Guidelines and that you cease to use our logo in any form should we revoke our licence to you to do so in writing.

You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.

We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.

If you wish to link to or make any use of content on our site other than that set out above, please contact admin@acume.org.

Transfer and Processing Data

In order for us to provide our Services, you agree that we may process, transfer and store Personal Information about you in the UK, US, The Netherlands, or other countries, where you may not have the same rights and protections as you do under local law.  


To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you will indemnify, defend and hold harmless Acume, and our officers, directors, agents, partners and employees (individually and collectively, the Acume Parties) from and against any losses, liabilities, claims, demands, damages, expenses or costs (Claims) arising out of or related to your violation, misappropriation or infringement of any rights of another (including intellectual property rights or privacy rights) or your violation of the law. 

You agree to promptly notify Acume Parties of any third-party Claims, cooperate with Acume Parties in defending such Claims and pay all fees, costs and expenses associated with defending such Claims (including solicitors’ fees). 

You also agree that the Acume Parties will have control of the defence or settlement, at Acume’s sole option, of any third-party Claims.

Disclaimers — Service is “As Is”

Acume aims to give you great Services but there are some things we cannot guarantee. Your use of our Services is at your sole risk. 

You understand that our Services and any content posted or shared by users on the Services are provided “as is” and “as available” without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, non-infringement and thoroughness of research findings. While it is our intention, Acume cannot promise to warrant that our Services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. No advice or information represented by Acume or through the Services will create any warranty or representation not expressly made in this paragraph. 

In the event that Acume may provide information about third-party products, services, activities or events, or we may allow third parties to make their content and information available on or through our Services (collectively, “Third-Party Content”), we do not control or endorse, and we make no representations or warranties regarding, any Third-Party Content. You access and use Third-Party Content at your own risk. Some locations do not allow the disclaimers in this paragraph and so they might not apply to you.

Limitation of Liability

We do not exclude or limit our liability to you where it would be illegal to do so. This includes any liability for the gross negligence, fraud or intentional misconduct of Acume or the other Acume Parties in providing the Services. 

In countries where the following types of exclusions are not allowed, we are responsible to you only for losses and damages that are a reasonably foreseeable result of our failure to use reasonable care and skill or our intentional breach of our contract with you. This paragraph does not affect consumer rights that cannot be waived or limited by any contract or agreement.

In countries where exclusions or limitations of liability are allowed, Acume and Acume Parties will not be liable for:

(a)  Any indirect, consequential, exemplary, incidental, punitive, or special damages, or any loss of use, data or profits, under any legal theory, even if Acume or the other Acume Parties have been advised of the possibility of such damages.

(b) Copyright infringements, such as a content contributor’s uploading or sharing parts of an academic paper that is embargoed or otherwise restricted by any publisher. Or a content contributor sharing any other form of content that still holds copyright or other restrictions. 

(c) Other than for the types of liability we cannot limit by law (as described in this section), we limit the total liability of Acume and the other Acume Parties for any claim arising out of or relating to these Terms or our Services, regardless of the form of the action.

Resolving Disputes

We want to address your concerns without needing a formal legal case. Before filing a claim against Acume, you agree to contact us and attempt to resolve the claim amicably and informally by sending a written notice of your complaint or claim by email at admin@acume.org. The notice must (a) include your name, organisation, contactable email address, and direct telephone number; (b) describe the nature and basis of the claim; and (c) set forth the specific actions sought. Our reply to you will be sent to the email address you provided or associated with your online account within two (2) weeks. If we can’t resolve matters within sixty (60) days after any notice is sent, you may file a complaint against Acume.

These terms of use, their subject matter and their formation (and any non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by English law. We both agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.


If any provision or part of a provision of these Terms is unlawful, void or unenforceable, that provision or part of the provision is deemed severable from these Terms and does not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.


Acume’s failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms will not operate as a waiver of such right or provision. Use of the word “including” will be interpreted to mean “including without limitation.” Except as otherwise provided herein, these Terms are intended solely for the benefit of the parties and are not intended to confer third-party beneficiary rights upon any other person or entity. 

You agree that communications and transactions between us may be conducted electronically.