Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What does "renting" mean?
Renting articles is the simple and affordable way to get the high quality articles that you want, with the same layout and formatting as the printed or PDF versions.
"Rented" articles are available through DeepDyve's cloud-based service and can be viewed through your browser from anywhere you have an internet connection.
Read full text articles as often as you want during the rental period, and depending on your plan, you may print a limited number of pages per month. However, rented articles cannot be downloaded or shared.
What do I receive with my DeepDyve Pro Plan?
The DeepDyve Pro Plan is $49 per month and lets you read as many articles as you'd like. You can also print up to 20 pages per month.
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What do I receive with my DeepDyve Freelancer Plan?
The DeepDyve Freelancer Plan is a free plan that allows you to search across DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar seamlessly. This service also automatically saves the queries and article clicks from those search engines back in your DeepDyve Library, and offers a variety of tools to help organize the research activity.
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Why can't I rent, download, or print some articles?
DeepDyve works with many publishers but unfortunately not all of them have given us permission to let our users rent, download, or print some/all of their articles.
If an article is marked as "Preview" it means we only have permission to display the abstract but nothing else. As for downloading PDF’s, approximately half of the articles in our collection can be purchased and downloaded directly from DeepDyve. For the remaining half, DeepDyve provides a link that takes you to the publisher site where you can purchase the PDF directly from them.
Why can't I see/access my rented article?
In order to read your rented articles, make sure you are logged into the account from which you rented the article from. Your username should show up on the top right hand corner of your screen. Also make sure there are no error messages visible on your screen.
If you are still unable to access your rented article, please contact us, and we'll try work through the issue with you.
What are "Downloadable" Articles?
"Downloadable" refers to those articles where DeepDyve is only able to display the abstract or first page because we do not currently have permission from the publisher to provide full rental access.
If you would like to purchase Downloadable articles, click the "PDF" button and follow the instructions provided — depending on the article, you may be able to purchase the PDF directly from DeepDyve, or we will provide a link to the publisher where you can purchase it from them.
How do I cancel my subscription?
If at any time you are unhappy with your DeepDyve Pro subscription, canceling is easy.
To cancel a subscription, go to your account settings page by clicking on your email or name, in the upper right-hand corner of the screen after you've logged in.
From the account settings page, you can cancel your subscription.
That's it! You'll be switched to a DeepDyve Freelancer plan with no monthly fees and will continue to enjoy DeepDyve's free features. If you would like to discontinue your DeepDyve Freelancer plan, it’s free so you can simply walk away.
We'd appreciate any feedback as we're always trying to improve the service. Thanks and we hope you'll try us again soon.
What if I want to cancel my membership and re-subscribe at a later time?
We want you back! Simply log back in using your old email address and password. We will keep your account active free of charge so that you can continue to take advantage of the many features that come with having a DeepDyve account.
Once you log back in, click on the "Upgrade" link next to your username in the upper-right portion of your screen. From there, you can upgrade to a subscription plan and follow the steps to confirm your payment details.
May I credit my past rentals or purchases to a monthly plan?
No, unfortunately your prior purchases cannot be applied towards the cost of a monthly subscription.
Does DeepDyve offer group plans for businesses and organizations?
Yes, we do! If you are in an organization or department with 5 employees or 5000, we have a Group Plan that's right for you. Click here to learn more.
What forms of payment can I use?
DeepDyve currently accepts these credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and PayPal. Payments are safe and secure.
Does DeepDyve store my credit card info?
No, we only store the last 4-digits of your credit card number. We've partnered with PayPal to handle our transactions and maintain the security of your financial information. PayPal is a leading online payments company that allows its 75 million members to send money without sharing any financial information. To learn more about PayPal, please visit
Why is my credit card getting rejected?
If you have confirmed that you your credit card information is correct, often times your card issuer or bank is rejecting DeepDyve's request for transaction. This is possibly because DeepDyve is located in the United States and international transactions are often rejected.
Unfortunately, we do not have control over this process, but we suggest contacting your bank or credit card issuer to request that they accept charges from DeepDyve.
How does Advanced Search work?
DeepDyve enables you to refine your searches to fit your own criteria. In the DeepDyve search bar, click on Advanced Search. You may search by specific words, Title, Author, date range, Journal name and more. In a keyword search, all words are required by default. To exclude a term from a search, use - in front of the word. You can also exactly match a prhase by surrounding that phrase with "".
Do you have an "exact phrase" filter?
DeepDyve includes partial and approximate matches when you ask for an exact phrase. For exact matches, either place "" around the words you are matching, or enter the words into DeepDyve's Advanced Search.
How do Saved Searches work?
Saved Searches help keep a record of any searches you have done during your research process on DeepDyve and also other major research portals such as Pubmed and Google Scholar. This is a great area in your DeepDyve Library to manage your search activity. To save your Pubmed and Google Scholar searches, install the DeepDyve plugin to manage all of your research activity at DeepDyve.
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How can I get a free copy of the article or PDF?
DeepDyve provides affordable access to our content through rentals which allow you to view articles through your web browser. You can purchase the PDFs from our service with an account, but we do not provide free copies or PDFs of articles due to our publishing partner relationships
However, DeepDyve believes our service provides you with a very affordable method to read an article without necessarily needing the PDF.
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Can you help me with this research question?
DeepDyve is a rental service for research articles. We unfortunately do not have expertise across all the subject areas of journal articles that we provide to help with answers to specific research questions.
However, DeepDyve believes we can provide you with a great method to find and read articles that may help you find those answers.
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How can I publish in your journals?
DeepDyve is an article rental service, but we do not publish the journals on our site. This is done by the publishing companies that we partner with.
We suggest contacting the journal editor or publisher directly for information on how to submit your articles for publication.

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