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Consider the following elsarticle document:

\journal{Journal of something}
\title{My article}
Lorem ipsum

When compiled, it shows the date in the bottom right corner. How can I change this? The obvious \date does not seem to work (but gives no error).

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elsarticle shows the current date in the bottom right corner, so you can avoid this by


or change it by redefining \today to show a certain date, such as


Other possibilities include redefining interal macros such as \@oddfoot or \ps@pprintTitle or redefining the page style, which is pprintTitle.

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Redefining \today works, although I don't find it very elegant. Thanks! – Ben Jul 18 '11 at 7:26

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