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DeepDyve is a commercial website launched in late 2010 that provides access to mainly scientific and scholarly articles from a large range of commercial and non-commercial academic publishers. A novel aspect of DeepDyve's business model is that access is on an affordable, online rental basis for web browser viewing, rather than the conventional buy-and-download access already provided by most academic publishers. In an interview with one of the company founders, the article rental concept is mainly pitched as a way of giving researchers unaffiliated with academic libraries, access to otherwise expensive scholarly articles.[1] Similar to other 'rental' or online access services such as Spotify and Netflix, DeepDyve charges a monthly or annual subscription.


Over 150 major publishers have signed up to provide articles from their scientific journals, such as Elsevier, Springer-Nature,[2] Oxford University Press, Wiley-Blackwell, IEEE and many more.

DeepDyve's company website claims that over 12 million articles from nearly 10,000 peer-reviewed journals are available for rent at a fraction of the usual per-article purchase price.[3] In addition to per-article pricing, various subscription options are available.[4] DeepDyve provides free previews of usually at least the whole first page, while other publishers typically only provide the abstract. [5]

Technology & Features[edit]

The current viewing interface (Feb 2012) for article renting is implemented by rendering the article pages as images on the screen.[original research?] In addition to viewing the full-text article through a browser, subscribers also have the ability to print up to 20 pages of any article(s) per month, as well as receive a 20% discount on any article they wish to purchase and download.

Further reading[edit]

  1. 2015 Year In Review
  2. The 2015 DeepDyve Report
  3. Strategic footstep for content supply in the digital age, September 2015
  4. DeepDyve Spring Survey of Unaffiliated Users, April 2015
  5. Article Sharing in the Digital Age, April 2015
  6. 2014 Year in Review
  7. Next Step in the Evolution of Scientific Information Access: DeepDyve and FIZ Karlsruhe Partner to Offer Document Rental Services to FIZ AutoDoc Clients, February 2014
  8. The 2013 DeepDyve Report


  1. ^ DeepDyve Does It Again: Fascinating Developments in Scholarly Publishing and Scientific Communication
  2. ^ Springer content now available via DeepDyve's online rental service for scholarly publications
  3. ^ "Spring Subscriber Survey – results to share". DeepDyve. 2015-04-28. Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  4. ^ "Infovell DeepDyve". Intellogist. 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
  5. ^ Schwartz, Meredith (6 June 2013). "DeepDyve: The first five's free". Retrieved 11 June 2013.