Terms of Service

Thanks for using Acume. Our mission is to open up academic insights for the international affairs and development sector.

These Terms of Service (“Terms”) apply to your access to and use of this website and all other products and services (collectively “Services”) that Acume International Ltd. may offer. By clicking your consent (e.g. “Continue,” “Submit” or “Sign-up,”) or by using our Services, you agree to these Terms of Service.

Our Privacy Policy explains how we collect and use your information. Please read our Privacy Policy for information about how we collect, use, share and otherwise process information about you. We do use third party applications that process, track and store data.

Our Rules outline your responsibilities when using our Services. 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.

By using our Services, you’re agreeing to be bound by these Terms, our Privacy Policy and our Rules

If you have any questions about these Terms or our Services, please contact us at [email protected]

Your Responsibilities

You’re responsible for your use of the Services and any content you provide or promote, including compliance with applicable laws and adhering to copyright restrictions. Content on the Services may be protected by others’ intellectual property rights. Please don’t copy, upload, download, or share content unless you have the right to do so.

Your use of the Services must comply with our Rules.

If you’re accepting these Terms and using the Services on behalf of someone else (such as another person or entity), you represent that you’re authorised to do so, and in that case the words “you” or “your” in these Terms include that other person or entity.To use our Services, you must be at least 16 years old.

At this moment in time, Acume reviews content submissions. However, responsibility sits with the content contributor to ensure it 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 present interpretation as fact or be purposely misleading or malicious in any other way.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the Personal Information and 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’re not putting anyone at risk by sharing unconsented Personal Information within your content, and where necessary, you have sufficiently anonymised the Personal Information

Acume reserves the right to delete or discontinue content alleged to be infringing the intellectual property rights of others.

Rights and Ownership

You hold the rights to any content you submit, post or display on or through our 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 nonexclusive, 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 can’t display it across its various surfaces (i.e., mobile, web) 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 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 don’t 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. We may treat feedback as nonconfidential.

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.


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.

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 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 attorneys’ fees). You also agree that the Acume Parties will have control of the defense 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 can’t 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’s our intention, Acume can’t 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 don’t allow the disclaimers in this paragraph and so they might not apply to you.

Limitation of Liability

We don’t 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 aren’t allowed, we’re 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 breach of our contract with you. This paragraph doesn’t affect consumer rights that can’t be waived or limited by any contract or agreement.

In countries where exclusions or limitations of liability are allowed, Acume and Acume Parties won’t be liable for:

  • 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.
  • Copyright infringements, such as a content contributor uploading or sharing an academic paper that is still embargoed by any other publisher. Or sharing any other form of content that still holds copyright restrictions.
  • Other than for the types of liability we can’t 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 informally by sending a written notice of your complaint or claim by email at [email protected]. The notice must (a) include your name, organisation, email address, and telephone number; (b) describe the nature and basis of the claim; and (c) set forth the specific actions sought. Our notice to you will be sent to the email address associated with your online account and will contain the information described above. If we can’t resolve matters within sixty (60) days after any notice is sent, either party may initiate a formal proceeding.


We may make changes to these Terms from time to time. If we make changes, we’ll provide you with notice of them by sending an email to the email address associated with your account or updating the date at the top of these Terms. Unless we say otherwise in our notice, the amended Terms will be effective immediately, and your continued use of our Services after we provide such notice will confirm your acceptance of the changes. If you don’t agree to the amended Terms, you must stop using our Services.


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.