When using the AEA document class in draftmode, there is a date command that appears with the \maketitle. Does anyone know how to eliminate it? When using \date{} as would usually work, the date is eliminated, however, there seems to be a date name which just says "Draft:" which still remains. I then tried using \renewcommand{\date}{} and \renewcommand{\datename}{}, both of these do not seem to eliminate "Draft:" which still remains when using \date{}.

This problem seems specific to using the AEA document class and I am not sure how to proceed.

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The easiestOne way is to edit the aea.cls file: search for "Draft:", comment out the line:

\def\draftDate{\if@draftmode\vspace{12pt}\begin{center}Draft: \@date\end{center}\par

and replace it with:


This will permanently remove the date though. You need to uncomment the line if you want it back.

  • 1
    What about removing it using etoolbox? \usepackage{etoolbox} \makeatletter \patchcmd{\draftDate}{Draft: \@date}{Draft}{}{} \makeatother
    – Werner
    Dec 3, 2015 at 6:02
  • @Werner: Looks better. I also tried to add an if statement to check if \date was defined as blank (as the OP did with \date{}), but didn't work.
    – jak123
    Dec 3, 2015 at 6:13
  • jak I did what you said, but instead of overwriting the original file, I made a new one and saved it in a new folder and thus made a new class which I now call upon in the document. Thank you, this did the trick! Dec 3, 2015 at 6:19

In AEA.cls, this is governed by the macro \draftDate. Either redefine \draftDate in your preamble:

\renewcommand{\draftDate}{\vspace{12pt} Draft}

or patch \maketitle (or \draftDate) to only insert what you want:

% \patchcmd{<cmd>}{<search>}{<replace>}{<success>}{<failure>}
\patchcmd{\@maketitle}{\draftDate}{\vspace{12pt} Draft}{}{}

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% https://www.aeaweb.org/aer/submissions.php

\renewcommand{\draftDate}{\vspace{12pt} Draft}

  • I guess the \renewcommand option is the easiest then!
    – jak123
    Dec 3, 2015 at 9:13

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