The first step is to confirm that that work applies under the NIH Public Access Policy.
Three Criteria for Applicability:
AND arises from:
What is the journal policy for NIH-funded authors?
What Submission Method does the journal follow?
Go to the journal website and look for “Instructions for Authors” or “Author Guidelines” or “Journal Policies” or “Funding Policies”—anything that might lead to information for journal policies for NIH-funded authors including the copyright form.
There are four options for compliance based on submission methods: