# Odd pages should be right

I'm writing a document using srcbook. It has quite many pages and I have the following scenario:

The first ~10 pages are numbered with small roman numbers (i.e. i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, ...). These pages contain preface, table of contents, and such stuff.

After these pages, I continue with ordinary arabic page numbers. The problem however is the following: The first page with arabic numbers is on the left. This results in the face that all \parts and \chapters start on the left page.

However, I would like to start them on the right page.

So, I tried the option openright to enforce new chapters opening on the right page. However, LaTeX seems to check this property according to the page number.

Of course, I can simply insert an empty page to enforce this manually, but this seems like a hack.

Is there any way to acchieve what I want more elegant?

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then there is something wrong with your setting, because openright is the default for a twoside document. – Herbert Aug 1 '11 at 11:26
Perhaps a minimal example would help? I thought what you wanted was the default behaviour. Are you using \frontmatter and \mainmatter? – Seamus Aug 1 '11 at 11:28
@Herbert Thank you. You were right, I didn't use proper settings. – phimuemue Aug 1 '11 at 11:28
@Seamus Thanks for the hint - it solved the problem. If you add an answer, I'll accept it. – phimuemue Aug 1 '11 at 11:31

Use \cleardoublepage or \frontmatter/ \mainmatterto separate the parts. \newpage alone will confuse latex.

\documentclass{book}

\begin{document}
\frontmatter
\pagenumbering{roman}
first page
\mainmatter%
%\cleardoublepage
\pagenumbering {arabic}

\chapter{blub}
\end{document}

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Thank you. \frontmatter and \mainmatter solved the problem. – phimuemue Aug 3 '11 at 8:58