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 typically acts (as does the related element <pub-date>) as a container element for date elements, such as <day>, <month>, and <year>, which are usually given numeric values, as well as for <string-date> and <season>, which are just text strings.
For a detailed discussion on the use of <date>, see Dates in Citations.
Conversion Note: It is best practice to tag individual date elements (such as <year>) whenever possible. Use <string-date> for the narrative form of a date when necessary, for example, when a date has no month or year specified. However, even inside a <string-date> the named date components, such as <year>, can even be specified.
The Archiving Tag Set allows <string-date> both inside <date> and at the same level as <date>. This is the most flexible for allowing the archive to preserve any publisher’s structure. The tighter Tag Sets created from the base Suite may choose to use one or the other in preference.
<!ELEMENT date %date-model; >
(((day?, month?) | season)?, year?, string-date?)
The following, in order:
<element-citation>, <history>, <mixed-citation>, <product>, <related-article>, <related-object>
... <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>03</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>01</month> <year>1999</year></date> </history> <permissions> <copyright-statement>Copyright © 1999, British Medical Journal</copyright-statement> <copyright-year>1999</copyright-year> <copyright-holder>British Medical Journal</copyright-holder> </permissions> <abstract> <p>To examine the effectiveness of day hospital attendance in prolonging independent living for elderly people.</p> </abstract> </article-meta> ...