One of the historical dates that may be preserved for an article, such as when it was received or when it was accepted. This element acts (as does the related element <pub-date>) as a wrapper element for date elements such as <day>, <month>, and <year>, which are typically given numeric values, as well as for <string-date> and <season>, which are just text strings.
Authoring and Conversion Note: Use <string-date> for the narrative form of a date if necessary, but tag the numeric values whenever possible.
Any one of:
... <article-meta> <article-id pub-id-type="pmid">...</article-id> <title-group>... </title-group> <contrib-group>... </contrib-group> <aff id="StLukes">...</aff> <pub-date pub-type="pub"> <day>27</day><month>3</month> <year>1999</year> </pub-date> <volume>318</volume> <issue>7187</issue> <fpage>837</fpage> <lpage>841</lpage> <history> <date date-type="accepted"> <day>29</day> <month>1</month> <year>1999</year></date> </history> <copyright-statement>Copyright © 1999, British Medical Journal</copyright-statement> <copyright-year>1999</copyright-year> <abstract> <p>To examine the effectiveness of day hospital attendance in prolonging independent living for elderly people.</p> </abstract> </article-meta>...