So basically my institute requires me to :

1) Number pages till Introduction in Roman --- Title page should be unnumbered

2) From Introduction onwards, Arabic numbering --- First page of Introduction should be unnumbered

3) My format is basically

  • Title page

  • Acknowledgement

  • Contents

  • List of Tables and Figures

  • Nomenclature

  • Abstract

  • Introduction

  • Chapters

  • Results

  • Conclusion and future work

Pretty complex problem. Does anybody have an idea how to solve this?

  • check out the koma-script documentclasses: ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/koma-script they do all the stuff mentioned. Use \frontmatter, \mainmatter to change page numbering style.
    – Reza
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 7:20
  • Also, checkout the memoir class. I used this for my thesis and was very happy with it. I prepared a basic layout that I used for my thesis. Feel free to use and modify it. github.com/tdett/thesis-template. Also, consider learning git or mercurial for version control.
    – Eekhoorn
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 8:48
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    Toptesi class allow to adopt your format and has a command to automatically make the Title page. I used this class to build my thesis. You can find the manual here: link
    – marchetto
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 11:58

1 Answer 1


With book class, you can do this:


\usepackage{geometry}  %%% put packages you need here
    \Huge This is the title
  %%put nomeclture command here. I don't know the details of how you do it.
  \include{what} %% first chapter
  \include{how}  %% second chapter
  %% like appendix if any comes here.  

In \include{file name} the file name stands for the file name of your sub-tex files. For example your introduction.tex may look like this. I remember that First page of Introduction should be unnumbered.


\thispagestyle{empty}   %%% make first page with no page number
Some text here and your introduction starts which has sections
\section{some section}
Some text again....

And a sample chapter file:


\chapter[What's this?]{What am I doing here?}\label{chap:what}
What are all these......
Some text...

Put all thes .tex files in the same folder and compile thesis.tex file. You may prefer to put sub-files {what.tex, how.tex etc) in a sub folder for neatness in which case you have to use \include{subfiles/what} where subfiles is the folder that contains what.tex. Both thesis.tex and subfiles folder reside inside the same folder.

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