# Can't insert date with \maketitle (using llncs.cls)

I'm just trying to write some notes on Overleaf using the llncs template (you can play with it here), but when I put \date{06 August 2016} before \maketitle, nothing appears. Currently my notes begin with

\documentclass{llncs}

\begin{document}

\title{My Notes on Bla Bla}
\author{John Doe}
\institute{
}
\date{06 August 2016}
\maketitle


(I know my \email probably wasn't inserted correctly, but at this point I just need something that works)

All I want is something very basic like this:

The \date does not form part of \maketitle under llncs. You'll either have to update the subsequent \@maketitle manually or perhaps patching it using something like etoolbox. However, an easier option is to just add it manually after a call to \maketitle:

\documentclass{llncs}

\title{My Notes on Bla Bla}
\author{John Doe}
\institute{
}
\date{06 August 2016}

\begin{document}

\maketitle

\noindent
\makebox[\linewidth]{\small 06 August 2016}

\end{document}


Here would be a possible patch applied to \@maketitle using etoolbox:

\usepackage{etoolbox}
\makeatletter
\patchcmd{\@maketitle}% <cmd>
{\end{center}}% <search>
{\bigskip\small\@date
\end{center}}% <replace>
{}{}% <success><failure>
\makeatother


It inserts a gap and the \date supplied at the \end{center} - the end of \@maketitle.

• thanks it worked! but for a long-term solution, could u plz also explain how I should update \@maketitle? – ladiesman Sep 16 '16 at 15:45
• @ladiesman: Done. – Werner Sep 16 '16 at 16:18