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I have a long paper which includes several chapters. I want to add a separator between certain subsets of chapters, which will have numeral counts, and will include a title taking the whole page, as a separator between these chapters. These separators should be included in the table of contents, with font which is slightly larger.

For example:

Part I: Related work (whole page, centered)
chapter 1
chapter 2

Part II: Our Method (whole page, centered)
chapter 3
chapter 4

and so on.

How can I set this up?

I have seen this done in dissertations, and I am pretty sure there must be some command or type of "section" which is at a higher level than a chapter, but I can't seem to find it.

Any help is appreciated.

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You are looking for the \part sectioning macro. You need to use the report or better book class or similar for this.

\part{Related work}

\part{Our Method}

I would highly recommend you to place your chapters into separate .tex files and include them with \include. See also \includeonly.

The so called koma-script bundle provides some alternative report (scrreprt) and book (scrbook) classes which allow for many customisations including modifing the part page. For example you can place some text on them, e.g. a quote or abstract, which is rather difficult with the standard classes.

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Your second sentence (about the need to use report or book) is incorrect -- the \part macro is also defined in article and similar classes. – lockstep Apr 22 '11 at 14:15
@lockstep: Yes, but \chapter isn't and I assumed he has \chapters in the \include files. – Martin Scharrer Apr 22 '11 at 14:41

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