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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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.

The DeepDyve Plan is $49 per month and lets you read as many articles as you'd like. You can also download PDFs for a 20% discount.

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The Freelancer Plan is a free plan that allows you to preview a full-text article for 5-minutes. For longer viewing, users can upgrade to our Professional Plan ($49/mo), or purchase a 5-pack of rental tokens ($20). The rental tokens are valid for 1 year, and once an article is rented, it can be accessed repeatedly for up to 30 days.

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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.

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.

"Preview Only" 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 access.

If you would like to download and purchase Preview-only 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.

If at any time you are unhappy with your DeepDyve 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 Freelancer plan with no monthly fees and will continue to enjoy DeepDyve's free features. If you would like to discontinue your 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.

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.

No, unfortunately your prior purchases cannot be applied towards the cost of a monthly subscription.

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.

DeepDyve currently accepts these credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and PayPal. Payments are safe and secure.

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

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.

DeepDyve enables you to refine your searches to fit your own criteria. In the DeepDyve search bar, click on "Refine". You may limit your search to specific areas, such as Patents or Life Sciences. You may also filter your results even further by clicking "Advanced Filters" at the bottom of the Refine menu. With Advanced Filters, you can narrow your results by specific words, Title, Author, date range, Data Source, Journal name and more.

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 Filter.

Search Alerts are a great way to stay on top of your favorite topics or journals and have the latest articles delivered to you automatically. From your search results screen, you can click Search Alerts or RSS Alerts. Your search query will automatically run in the background, and we will deliver new results to you by email or through your RSS reader.

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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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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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.