Strategic footstep for content supply in the digital age

Research in LIVIVO, access via DeepDyve

September 18, 2015 ZB MED – Leibniz Information Centre for Life Sciences is pleased to announce a partnership with DeepDyve to provide online access to millions of fulltext articles available in its research portal LIVIVO. What’s new? The content is provided to users instantly via the cloud on a monthly subscription basis for web browser viewing. This innovative new service enables scientists, particularly those no longer affiliated with an academic library, to gain instant and affordable access to authoritative content from thousands of leading journals.

“Through our cooperation with DeepDyve we are taking a decisive step forward," says Dr. Elisabeth Müller, head of collection development at ZB MED. "The access to scientific full- texts is so much cheaper now. All scientists now have easy access to a large number of full- texts."

The ZB MED search portal LIVIVO offers a semantic search engine which retrieves information across more than 45 life sciences data sources including library catalogues, databases and publisher directories. . With more than 55 million records, , LIVIVO allows the user to search beyond the limits of their own holdings. Whenever possible, freely accessible sources are linked and the full texts are provided. And with DeepDyve, users now have an affordable alternative to paid content. DeepDyve offers unlimited access to more than 12 million full text articles from over 10,000 peer-reviewed journals from such leading academic publishers as Springer Nature, Wiley-Blackwell and Elsevier.

For $40 per month, users can read as many articles as they wish via their browser. The monthly subscription also includes the ability to print up to 20 pages per month, and purchase/download PDFs on a discounted basis. Users can register for a two-week free trial period to get acquainted, and they can cancel at any time.

"We are very pleased and excited to work with ZB MED, a global resource for the life sciences," said William Park, CEO of DeepDyve. "For online users, it has become quite normal to rent or stream content from the cloud - whether music or films. With DeepDyve and LIVIVO, scientists in Germany can now gain convenient and affordable access to needed literature."

Background information DeepDyve, Inc.

DeepDyve is an online service that allows researchers to gain simple and affordable access to authoritative articles from over 10,000 peer-reviewed journals. For just $49/mo, users can read as much as they want from its collection of more than 12 million articles in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and humanities. The service is designed for researchers who are no longer affiliated with an academic library and now work in institutions which cannot afford the cost of subscribing to the many journals vital to their field. DeepDyve continues to add more content to its service and, to date, has formed partnerships with over 150 leading academic publishers including Elsevier, Springer-Nature, Wiley, IEEE, Oxford University Press and many others.

Background information ZB Med – Leibniz Information Center for Life Sciences

ZB MED – Leibniz Information Centre for Life Sciences is Germany's central service centre for specialist information and research support in the field of life sciences. It is the world's largest library in its subject combination of medicine, health and nutritional, environmental and agricultural science. ZB MED's primary goal is to support researchers, students and key disseminators and multipliers working in these disciplines. To achieve this goal, ZB MED offers literature and specialist information in both digital and print formats, both on-site and through LIVIVO ( – a semantic-based interdisciplinary search portal for life sciences. In addition, ZB MED runs its own open access portal known as German Medical Science (GMS). It also offers a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) registration service, providing articles and research data with a persistent identifier which ensures they are kept permanently available online. ZB MED has two sites, one in Cologne and one in Bonn. As a member of the Leibniz Association, the ZB MED helps provide the information infrastructure required for scientific research and plays a major part in maintaining Germany's status as a key player in the world of science and research.

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