I'm using scrbook to typeset a document and I'm using \part for formatting the parts of it.

The default output renders \part{Mytitle} into

Part I.


Now I'd like to get rid of the period after "Part I." In the KOMA-Script guide I have only found options to generally switch off punctuation after every part, chapter, section etc.

So I tried \renewcommand{\thepart}{\Roman{part}} but this strangely still puts a period after the roman number. However, \renewcommand{\thepart}{\arabic{part}} and \renewcommand{\thepart}{\arabic{part}.} produce the expected difference.

So what is so special with roman numbering here?


2 Answers 2


There is not automatic solution to this, but it is not hard to redefine the format of the part headings. The default is


you just need to redefine this removing the \autodot.

Part sample

Chapter/section sample



\part{My part}
\chapter{My chapter}
\section{My section}
\part{My part}
\chapter{My chapter}
\section{My section}
  • Great. I think this is the simplest/shortest solution. Thank you very much.
    – absurd
    Mar 13, 2013 at 16:50

KOMA-Script decides in the default setting that an “end dot” will be used if any section numbering macros (\thepart, \thechapter, …) use Roman numbers or any letters.

When you change \thepart to use \arabic, it will switch automaticaly to “no end dot”.

Do you want

  • to never have an end dot, or
  • to not have an end dot with Roman part numbers?

No end dot in any numbers

You can use the numbers class option with the value noenddot.


\chapter{My other title with no end dot}

No end dot in the part number

If you only want the part’s number to not be followed by a dot but all other section numbers followed by one, KOMA-Script does not provide an interface for that.

My proposal:

Use the default setting for numbers (i.e. auto; because \thepart still uses \Roman all other section numbers will get the dot either way) and just overwrite \partformat:

%\newcommand*{\partformat}{\partname~\thepart\autodot}% <- original defintion in scrbook.cls

This will remove \autodot from the definition.


\chapter{My other title with an end dot}

Output (both)

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  • Is there a way to limit this to the end dot after parts (so that chapters would still get an end dot)?
    – Jake
    Mar 13, 2013 at 16:05
  • @Jake I don't think that there's an automatic solution for this. But it shouldn't be that complicated to get this done. Mar 13, 2013 at 16:30
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    @Jake See my updated answer. As Benedikt Bauer already said: There's no interface for that. I think this is the easiest solution. As far as I can see, \partformat will not be redefined by KOMA-Script anywhere, so it should be safe. Mar 13, 2013 at 16:34

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