<publicationstmt> Publication Statement

<publicationstmt> is an optional wrapper child element of <filedesc> that provides information regarding the publication or distribution of the EAD file.


  • @altrender – not required. Use if the content of the element should be displayed or printed differently than the rendering established in a style sheet for other occurrences of the element.
  • @audience – not required. Use to set whether the element’s contents will be visible to external users or to internal ones. Possible values are: “internal” and “external.”
  • @encodinganalog – not required. May contain information to map this tag to a particular element in another schema.
  • @id – not required. Creates an ID for element. Can be used for linking.
  • @lang – not required. Three-letter code that indicates the language in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 639-2b.
  • @script – not required. Four-letter code that indicates the script in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 15924.

Child Elements

<publicationstmt> must contain one or more of the following: <address>, <date>, <num>, <p>, and, most importantly, <publisher>. Like the others, <publisher> itself is not required, but at least one of the elements must be used and best practices would be to use it if a known publisher existed.

Adjacent Elements

<publicationstmt> may be preceded by the optional <editionstmt> and may be followed by optional <seriesstmt>, and <notestmt> in that order.


  <publisher>Piecemaking University</publisher>
  <date normal="2020-06-08">June 8, 2020</date>
      <addressline>University Archives</addressline>
      <addressline>Piecemaking University</addressline>
      <addressline>Lancaster, PA 17603</addressline>
      <addressline localtype="phone">+1-717-555-1313</addressline>
      <addressline localtype="email">archivist@piecemaking.edu</addressline>

Changes from EAD 2002

<publicationstmt> gained attributes @lang and @script.

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <publicationstmt>