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 <season>, which is just a text string.
<!ELEMENT date %date-model; >
The following, in order:
... <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> ...