I am new to LateX and want to create my M.Sc. Article with it (psychology, so I am using the apa6.cls). But here's a problem, I didn't find a solution for as of yet:

I need a front/cover page as first page which appears before the usual title page (I am working in man style). Problem is, I would have to insert it right after begin document. But if the \maketitle command creating the title page doesn't come right after the begin document, it doesn't work correctly, as is also noted in the manual of the apa6.cls. That is, the Running Head is displayed without saying "RUNNING HEAD: HERE IS MY RUNNINGHEAD" but only "HERE IS MY RUNNING HEAD", so only the Running head itself, on my title page (hope you know what I mean).

Inserting a front page from another file with \input doesn't work either.



("Deckblatt" is german for front page)

Thanks for your Posts!

  • One idea: create the cover page in a separate document, and then include the pdf using pdfpages package. Perhaps not very elegant, but it might work
    – cmhughes
    Jul 24, 2013 at 10:31
  • I already had the idea to create the cover page separately from the document and put it together in the end, but i think that's not what I am using LateX for. :-) Don't know how that pdf package you mentioned works, though.
    – entne
    Jul 25, 2013 at 8:06

1 Answer 1


The apa6 class defines two page styles: titlepage and otherpage. The phrase "RUNNING HEAD" will appear only on pages with the titlepage style. Assuming you want this phrase to appear only on the apa6 title page and not on your extra title page, we can do this by using \thispagestyle{titlepage} before the \maketitle command:

\title{A long title}
\author{An author}
\shorttitle{A short title}
This is my extra title page
  • Thanks for your answer. But that doesn't solve my problem. The issue was, that when \maketitle doesn't come immediately after \begin{document}, as it is also the case in your code, there is no "RUNNING HEAD:" before my running head ("A title" in your example) on the title page. It hast to be "RUNNING HEAD: A title" on the title page and "A title" as the running head/shorttile on all following pages. Your page numbering is fine for me - cover page without and title page as 1.
    – entne
    Jul 25, 2013 at 8:07
  • Do you want the "RUNNING HEAD" line on your extra page, or on the title page created by \maketitle?
    – Alan Munn
    Jul 25, 2013 at 12:32
  • the cover page includes just my name, title etc. without a running head or page nr.
    – entne
    Jul 25, 2013 at 13:34
  • The next page (title page) is pretty similar, but additionally including a running head which is labeled as running head by having "RUNNING HEAD:" put in front, but only on the title page and not on all following pages, where only the running head itself appears. That "RUNNING HEAD:" in front of the running head on the title page, created by \maketitle , is missing in your code above.
    – entne
    Jul 25, 2013 at 13:47
  • I think that is due to \maketitle not instantly appearing after begin{document} as it should regarding to the pdf manual of the apa6.cls. So short answer: on title page, with "RUNNING HEAD:" put in front. ;-)
    – entne
    Jul 25, 2013 at 13:47

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