I am writing an article in TeX and am using article class. I want the document date above its title, as in this case (the document is here). How can I do this in article class? Is there a way I can do it with a \maketitle command? enter image description here

  • If you want to submit your article somewhere, check what format they want you to send in and if it even matters where the date is in your output.
    – Johannes_B
    Dec 8, 2019 at 4:49
  • @Johannes_B I get that. But that clearly was not what I was after. I am writing a draft of my paper and I just want it to appear in a certain style, purely according to my own tastes. Of course, when it goes to a journal, it's a diferent ballgame.
    – V Kahn
    Dec 19, 2019 at 10:42

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When you want to modify the behavior of some standard command, you have two options: look for a package that does it, or redefine the command itself. I'll follow the second option here.

The \maketitle command is defined in article.cls, so it might be worth looking at that there. However, if you're going to be doing this more than once, it's probably worth designing your own class, or at least a command for a .sty file that you can use repeatedly.

The long story is that \maketitle uses another command, \@maketitle, internally, so you'll have to redefine that. I'll leave it as an exercise for you to look into the current definition (remember that there are two different forms: one when the titlepage option is used and one when it isn't), but I'd suggest you do something like the following:

  \vskip 2em%
  \let \footnote \thanks
     {\normalsize Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis \par}
     {\normalsize Research Department Staff Report 328 \par}
     {\normalsize Revised \@date \par}
     {\LARGE \textbf{\@title} \par}%
     { \@author \par}%
    \vskip 1em%
    {\normalsize University of Minnesota \\ and Federal Reserve
      Bank of Minneapolis}%
  \vskip 1.5em}
\title{Business Cycle Accounting}
\date{December 2006}

It might be that you'd like to define helper commands like \organization or \fedbranch to help automate this more. But the above will give you this:


Which seems a reasonable facsimile of what you need. Tweaking and automating this should be pretty straightforward.

Hope that helps!

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