# Order of the pages in the front matter of a book

Following "A few notes on book design" from Peter Wilson (author of the `memoir` class) the order of the pages of the front matter is:

1. Half-title page
2. Blank
3. Title page
5. Dedication
6. Blank
7. ToC
8. LoF
9. LoT
10. Forewords
11. Preface
12. Aknowledg(e)ments
13. Introduction
14. Abreviations

Again for the case of my master's thesis I have a few questions: Where should I include the Abstract ? Item 12 'introduction' should be there if the introduction is not part of the main matter which is clearly not the case in a scientific writting.

So I was thinking about replacing that by the abstract. But at this location the abstract seems to be a bit "hidden" in the middle of all these pages.

So my second idea would be to put it just after the LoT. But in don't know if this is optimal.

My layout, removing what I think are unnecessary parts would then be:

1. Title page
2. Blank
3. Title page (only the title, nothing else)
4. Blank
5. Dedication
6. blank
7. ToC
8. LoF
9. LoT
10. Abstract
11. Preface
12. Aknowledg(e)ments
13. Abreviations
14. and then start the first numbered chapter "Introduction"

What do you think ?

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I agree this is not directly latex related so I'm not really sure if this question is allowed here. –  Cedric H. Nov 21 '10 at 15:20
For theses, you should also double or triple check with your degree institute to see if they have any formatting requirements for the front matter. My PhD dissertation had quite strict requirements: Title page -- copyright -- abstract -- acknowledgements -- TOC, with everything else going after the TOC and other lists of stuff. –  Willie Wong Nov 22 '10 at 12:59
Well. This is a question that crops up when using TeX so in my opinion here is as good a place to ask as anywhere. –  Konrad Rudolph Nov 22 '10 at 13:01