TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

So basically my institute requires me to :

1) Number pages till Introduction in Roman --- Title page should be unnumbered

2) From Introduction onwards, Arabic numbering --- First page of Introduction should be unnumbered

3) My format is basically

  • Title page

  • Acknowledgement

  • Contents

  • List of Tables and Figures

  • Nomenclature

  • Abstract

  • Introduction

  • Chapters

  • Results

  • Conclusion and future work

Pretty complex problem. Does anybody have an idea how to solve this?

share|improve this question
check out the koma-script documentclasses: ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/koma-script they do all the stuff mentioned. Use \frontmatter, \mainmatter to change page numbering style. – Reza Feb 3 '14 at 7:20
Also, checkout the memoir class. I used this for my thesis and was very happy with it. I prepared a basic layout that I used for my thesis. Feel free to use and modify it. github.com/tdett/thesis-template. Also, consider learning git or mercurial for version control. – Eekhoorn Feb 3 '14 at 8:48
Toptesi class allow to adopt your format and has a command to automatically make the Title page. I used this class to build my thesis. You can find the manual here: link – marchetto Feb 3 '14 at 11:58
up vote 12 down vote accepted

With book class, you can do this:


\usepackage{geometry}  %%% put packages you need here
    \Huge This is the title
  %%put nomeclture command here. I don't know the details of how you do it.
  \include{what} %% first chapter
  \include{how}  %% second chapter
  %% like appendix if any comes here.  

In \include{file name} the file name stands for the file name of your sub-tex files. For example your introduction.tex may look like this. I remember that First page of Introduction should be unnumbered.


\thispagestyle{empty}   %%% make first page with no page number
Some text here and your introduction starts which has sections
\section{some section}
Some text again....

And a sample chapter file:


\chapter[What's this?]{What am I doing here?}\label{chap:what}
What are all these......
Some text...

Put all thes .tex files in the same folder and compile thesis.tex file. You may prefer to put sub-files {what.tex, how.tex etc) in a sub folder for neatness in which case you have to use \include{subfiles/what} where subfiles is the folder that contains what.tex. Both thesis.tex and subfiles folder reside inside the same folder.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.