Terms of use

TaskExchange is a software platform that connects the community of people involved in completing Cochrane Systematic Reviews. It is owned The Cochrane Collaboration and managed by Monash University on behalf of The Cochrane Collaboration (“we” or “us”). The platform is provided through a web application (“platform”). By using our platform you are agreeing to the terms of use outlined below (“terms”). Together with our privacy policy, these terms govern our relationship with you for this platform. If you do not wish to be bound by these terms, do not use the platform.

User accounts.

To access the platform, you will need to create an account by logging on as a new user.

When creating your account, you need to provide us with accurate information.

Your login may only be used by one person, you. You are responsible for the activity on your account, including the content that is uploaded. It is up to you to keep your password secure, and to notify us immediately if any unauthorised access of your account occurs. We are not liable for any losses or other consequences of unauthorised use of your account.

General use of the platform.

You may use, and we grant you a license to access and use, the platform for its intended purpose. This includes submitting, uploading and publishing your own content and viewing content of permitted users. This license is personal to you and may not be assigned or sub-licensed to anyone else. You understand that we do not guarantee confidentiality with respect to the content that you submit.

You must not:

Attempt to access a review by any means other than an invitation by a review author.

Distribute in any medium any part of the platform without our prior written permission.

Modify, build upon or block any functionality of the platform.

Reverse engineer the platform or access the platform in order to copy any features or functions of the platform.

Misuse the platform or attempt to modify or harm the platform in any way or attempt to harvest other user content.

Submit, upload or publish any content which you do not own or have rights to use


Our privacy policy is part of this agreement. It tells you what information we may collect about you, what we use it for, and who we share it with.

Platform availability and changes

We will try to maintain a secure application, but do not promise it will be error or problem-free. We use third party vendors and hosting partners to provide the hardware, software, networking, storage and related technology required to run the platform.

The platform is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. We do not guarantee that use of it will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free.

We may from time to time modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, the platform with or without notice. We are not liable to you or any third party for any such modification, suspension or discontinuance.

Publishing of content

We expect you to have the rights to publish your content, and for it to be appropriate. We may take action if it is not.

You are solely responsible for your own content – for its accuracy, quality, integrity and legality - and the consequences of submitting and publishing it on the platform. You must own or have the necessary rights, licenses, consents and permissions to upload and publish content on the platform. In publishing, you confirm that you do have these rights and that your content does not infringe any third party copyright or other proprietary rights.

You retain all ownership rights in and to your content. You grant us a limited, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to display your content on the platform. You grant permitted users the right to view your content, but only via the platform.

We support and respect the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe your copyright has been infringed, please contact us.

You must not upload, store or transmit content (any video, image, text, or other work) that is in itself is, or encourages behaviour that is:

Sexually explicit or pornographic;

Violent or cruel, to humans or to animals;

Hateful or discriminatory;

Exploiting of minors; or

Fraudulent or illegal including defamatory or in violation of third party privacy rights.

We do not endorse or hold any liability for your content. We can remove any content in breach of these terms.

Viewing of content

Monash University and The Cochrane Collaboration are not responsible for the content of a posted task, including its accuracy, appropriateness or whether it is in breach of intellectual property rights.

Please inform us if there is content available that you find objectionable.

Suspension and deletion of review Managing and Closing Accounts

You are able to inactivate your account which will remove your ability to submit or upload content, and for other users to see your profile; and if you breach our terms, so can we.

You are expected to abide by the terms set out here, including those that relate to appropriate content. If you do not, we can immediately suspend or close down your account, or remove content we deem to be in breach.

Limitation of liability

You understand and agree that Monash University and The Cochrane Collaboration will not be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages, including but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses resulting from: (i) the use or the inability to use the platform; (ii) the content posted on the platform; (iii) unauthorized access to or alteration of your content; (iv) statements or conduct of any third party on the platform; (v) or any other matter relating to the platform.


You will indemnify, defend and hold harmless Monash University and The Cochrane Collaboration and their directors, employees, agents, representatives, contractors from and against any and all claims, suits, proceedings, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses arising from: (i) your use of and access to the platform; (ii) your violation of any term of these terms of use; (iii) your violation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright, property, or privacy right; or (iv) any claim that your content caused damage to a third party. This defence and indemnification obligation will survive these terms of use and your use of the platform.


These terms of use, and any rights and licenses granted hereunder, may not be transferred or assigned by you, but may be assigned by Monash University and The Cochrane Collaboration without restriction.


Please respect our property.

The look and feel of the platform and the software behind it is the property of The Cochrane Collaboration. You may not duplicate, copy or reuse any portion of the software, visual design elements or concepts without written permission from The Cochrane Collaboration.

Governing law

These terms and conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Victoria, Australia.

Change to terms

These terms can change, which you accept with continued use of the platform.

These terms were last updated on 4 September 2015. We can modify or replace these terms at any time. Continued use of the platform following a change constitutes your acceptance of the terms. If in our opinion the modification represents a material change to the terms, we will notify you by posting an announcement.