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I'm not very good at LaTeX but I've been using it to write my dissertation. Have just come to the end and trying to format everything correctly. Whenever I try to put my Abstract paragraph into the form \begin{abstract} (writing here) \end{abstract} and click play the whole abstract section just disappears. What am I doing wrong?

\documentclass[12pt]{amsart}

\begin{document}

\begin{abstract}
(my abstract here)
\end{abstract}
\end{document}
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The amsart class does some Mysterious Stuff with abstracts: it stores the abstract in a box to be used in the title page. To get it to appear, issue the magic command \maketitle after the abstract.

(It will then complain about a missing \title ... )

\documentclass[12pt]{amsart}


\begin{document}

\begin{abstract}
(my abstract here)
\end{abstract}

\maketitle
Some text
\end{document}

Missing abstract found

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The abstract will also show up if you give \maketitle first, although the spacing is different in the two cases. –  Joseph Wright Aug 17 '12 at 15:38
    
@JosephWright as you will also get the error Abstract should precede \maketitle in AMS document classes I figured that although that worked, it shouldn't be recommended. –  Loop Space Aug 17 '12 at 15:42
    
I just tried this (both before and after) and it wouldn't let me typeset it. –  5834578943 Aug 17 '12 at 15:43
    
@AndrewStacey Not an error: LaTeX does not stop. Must be a warning :-) –  Joseph Wright Aug 17 '12 at 15:44
    
@5834578943 "wouldn't let me typeset it" is a little .. imprecise. Could you be more specific? –  Loop Space Aug 17 '12 at 15:53
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With amsart you need a \maketitle to see the abstract:

\documentclass[12pt]{amsart}
\title{abc}
\author{author}
\begin{document}

\begin{abstract}
(my abstract here)
\end{abstract}

\maketitle
\end{document}
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