The first step is to confirm that that work applies under the NIH Public Access Policy.
Three Criteria for Applicability:
AND arises from:
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:
If no guidance or copyright form is available from the journal website, contact the Editor-in Chief or Managing Editor. Find a “Contact Us” or “About the Journal” or “Editorial Board” link from the journal website to locate an email address.