# Putting abstract at the titlepage

My LaTeX file:

\maketitle
\begin{abstract}
For over a century, fingerprints have been an undisputed personal identifier.
Recent court rulings have sparked interest in verifying unique...
\end{abstract}


I would like to a similar titlepage as here.

My document class is article. This is the beginning of my file.

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What document class are you using? What currently happends when you try to use that, is the title the only thing on the first page? –  Mark Davidson Feb 1 '09 at 17:32
@Mark: My document class is article. This is the beginning of my file: pastebin.tlhiv.org/VzqUFL63 –  Masi Feb 1 '09 at 17:45
@Masi: Could you post everything up to the \end{abstract}? –  Zach Scrivena Feb 1 '09 at 17:52
–  Masi Feb 1 '09 at 17:57

The abstract appears on its own page because you've specified the titlepage option to the article document class:

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper, titlepage]{article}


If you remove this option (or specify notitlepage), then the abstract will appear on the first page, together with the article title, author, and date:

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper,notitlepage]{article}


Then, if you want the first section of the article to start on a new page, you should add a \clearpage command:

\clearpage
\section{First Section}

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Thank you! Which one should I use: \clearpage or \newpage? One problem arised: How can I have pagenumbers start, where the section first occurs? –  Masi Feb 1 '09 at 18:33
The difference between \clearpage and \newpage is that \clearpage ensures that any floats (e.g, figures and tables) are output before starting the new page. In this case either \clearpage or \newpage would work. I tend to use \clearpage out of habit. –  ChrisN Feb 1 '09 at 19:30
Does someone have a solution for the problem Masi mentioned? –  Tim van Dalen Oct 14 '11 at 12:30

In order to have the page start where the first section occurs you should put \thispagestyle{empty} on each page you don't want numbered and \setcounter{page}{1} on the page you want it to start numbering on.

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