How do I complete payment in the Sage Open Access Portal if I am based in China?

Modified on Wed, 26 Jun at 4:34 PM



In compliance with directives from the Chinese government regarding sales tax on Article Processing Charges (APCs), Sage has revised its payment workflow for authors based in China. Payments for APCs will be collected through registered Agents to ensure adherence to local regulations.

How do I complete payment in the Sage Open Access Portal if I am based in China?

If you are an author based in China and need to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) to publish Open Access with Sage, please follow these steps: 

STEP 1: Open Access Summary

This first step provides you with detailed information about the article processing charge (APC) associated with your article. Select ‘Continue’ to proceed with the next steps. Please note, if you have any co-authors, any single author on the article can act on behalf of all the authors. All authors will be notified (copied) to the actions but only one author can complete the process. 

STEP 2: Register/Log In

After continuing, you will be asked to sign in or complete the registration process. Select your name from the dropdown list of authors and create a password to register. If you are a returning user, enter your previously created password to log in. 

STEP 3: License Selection

After logging in or registering on the portal you will be prompted to select a license type for your article. You will need to tell us who owns the copyright of your contribution, accept the terms and conditions, and warrant that you are authorized to sign on behalf of any other contributing authors. 

At this point, your license selection is complete, and you will receive another email from with a subject line of ‘Open access license chosen for your paper 10.XXXX/XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX’ confirming your selection. If you have any co-authors, they will be copied on this email.

STEP 4: Assign Payer

Your next step will be to assign a payer for your APC. Please select 'I am the bill payer'. 

For Chinese authors, please always select 'I am the bill payer'. If you are not completing the payment yourself and instead wish to choose a different bill payer, you will have the option to add their details at the next step. 

STEP 5: Enter the bill payer details and select the agent

Next, you are asked to enter the billing details, if you are the bill payer please enter your own details, if you are nominating a different bill payer please enter their details here. 

After entering these details, at the bottom of the page you will be asked to select an Agent. Due to regulation from the Chinese government, all payment made by bill payers based in China, will be collected via an Agent. 

You have the option to select one of two Agents, either Socopay (CEPIEC) or Publink. After selecting your preferred Agent, you will be directed to their website to complete the payment process, to do so click 'Continue'.


STEP 6: Agent order confirmation

Once you have selected your Agent, you will see confirmation that an order has been placed with either SOCOPAY or PubLink. When on this screen, you can select 'Pay Now' to be taken to the Agent site. 

STEP 7: Complete payment or share payment link

Once you have received the link to complete the payment on the Agent site, either complete the payment yourself or share the link with your nominated bill payer so they can complete the payment.

Example of SOCOPAY payment page:

Example of PubLink payment page:

STEP 8: Invoice marked as paid in the Sage Open Access Portal

Once the Agent has received your payment, we will mark your invoice as paid the Sage Open Access Portal. You will then receive confirmation of the payment and we will proceed to publish your article Open Access.

Contact Information

If an author wishes to change the agency in the Sage Open Access Portal, please see Can I change agency in the Sage Open Access Portal? (Chinese authors only)

For further assistance, please contact Sage's Open Access Customer Services team at

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