Box 84Formats for dates

  • Dates in US messages usually appear in the format month day year. For example: 5/1/2007 or April 23, 2007.
  • Dates in other countries may appear in a variety of formats
    • 2004/12/02
    • 30.07.2004
    • 2004-10-02
    • 14 June 2004
    • 15/06/2005
  • Enter the year first, then the month and the day, regardless of the format found
    • 5/1/2007   becomes   2007 May 1
    • 2004/12/02   becomes   2004 Dec 2
    • 30.07.2004   becomes   2004 Jul 30
    • 2004-10-02   becomes   2004 Oct 2
    • 14 June 2004   becomes   2004 Jun 14
    • 15/06/2005   becomes   2005 Jun 15
  • Translate names of months into English and abbreviate them using the first three letters
    • mayo = May
    • luty = Feb
    • brezen = Mar
    Example:
    • 22 Marz 2002   becomes   2002 Mar 22

From: Chapter 26, Electronic Mail and Discussion Forums

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Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers [Internet]. 2nd edition.
Patrias K, author; Wendling D, editor.
Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2007-.

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