It's important to understand that regardless of where a paper is published, the NIH Public Access Policy is applicable to all articles that are the result of NIH funding. The author must make sure the policy is followed, and the institutions must have the required policies in place to do the same. To prove adherence to the NIH Public Access Policy, use one of the following methods:
Before publication, you should read the NIH's full description of methods and responsibilities and plan time for the following tasks to guarantee continuous adherence to the NIH's public access policy:
Recognize who is in charge of sending the paper through the NIH Manuscript Submission system (NIHMS).
I.e., Methods A, B, and D (publisher submits manuscript). Method C (author or designate submits).
After publication, it is important to do the following: