Used as a container for dates related to the processing history of the document, such as received date and accepted date
Conversion Note: The dates inside the <history> element are used to preserve events other than publication dates in the life cycle of the article. Publication dates are considered to be an important part of the article metadata. History dates include received date, accepted date, reviewed date, and other dates that may be important to the publisher, but are not a likely part of the article metadata for searching, building a DOI, etc.
<!ELEMENT history %history-model; >
With various types of publication dates tagged (best practice):
... <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> ...
With publication date information treated as character data:
... <article-meta> ... <pub-date pub-type="pub"> <day>28</day> <month>08</month> <year>2002</year> </pub-date> <volume>2</volume> <elocation-id>E27</elocation-id> <supplementary-material>...</supplementary-material> <history> <date date-type="received"><day>22</day><month>08</month> <year>2000</year></date> <date date-type="accepted"><day>12</day><month>06</month> <year>2002</year></date></history> <permissions> <copyright-statement>...</copyright-statement> </permissions> ... </article-meta> ...