I am setting a book for Springer using their style sheet and have hit a problem where I am getting phantom pages between chapters. The complete book comprises front matter, toc, list of tables, 36 chapters, 6 appendices and an index (around 700 pages). I have managed to duplicate the problem with two chapters. The first chapter (1-12) ends on an even page (12) and the next chapter should start on the next right odd hand page. Instead I get an odd blank page with a running head, (13) and then a totally blank even page (15). The next chapter then starts as I would expect on page 15. I have put the files up at


chap02.tex and chap03.tex are the two chapters, third_edition.tex is the book tex file. I have put up a pdf showing the problem. svmono.cls is the latex style sheet. our_acknowledgement.tex is part of the front matter.

Are these files sufficient for someone to have a look and give me some pointers as to where I might be going wrong?

  • Welcome to TeX.SX! Try to make a Minimal (Non-)Working Example (M(N)WE) narrowing the files down to the least code that raises the unexpected behaviour, since most of the code is non relevant for the question being asked.
    – Astrinus
    Feb 6, 2015 at 10:36
  • I can't even replicate it by compiling the files you provided, but I guess your problem is the sectrefs option which should set a bibliography for each chapter. In your case it's empty, so you get an empty page.
    – Juri Robl
    Feb 6, 2015 at 10:38
  • I tried\documentclass[graybox,envcountchap]{svmono} and still get the problem. what version are you using? here is part of the header of the log file. This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.4-1.40.13 (MiKTeX 2.9 64-bit) (preloaded format=latex 2013.11.30) 6 FEB 2015 10:42 entering extended mode **third_edition.tex (D:\document\fortran\third_edition\latex_source\third_edition.tex LaTeX2e <2011/06/27> I have the same problem when running on a SuSe distribution Feb 6, 2015 at 10:44
  • I get an identical document as the example, just with the two empty pages missing. Strange.
    – Juri Robl
    Feb 6, 2015 at 10:58

1 Answer 1


This is caused by the \include command, which always starts a new page. You then get a completely blank page so that the next chapter starts on an odd page.

If you use \input rather than \include, the problem will go away.

  • Have you tried it? Because I couldn't even reproduce it with the files provided. Also I always include my chapters with include without having the same problem.
    – Juri Robl
    Feb 6, 2015 at 10:51
  • @JuriRobl --- Yes. It fixes the problem in the example provided. Feb 6, 2015 at 10:51
  • Then my distribution (current TeXLive) is strange, I don't get any empty pages with the code provided.
    – Juri Robl
    Feb 6, 2015 at 10:53
  • @JuriRobl --- I've tried TeXLive 2012 and TeXLive 2014. In both cases pages 23 and 24 are blank if \include is used. With \input the problem does not occur. Some classes/packages might be smart enough to deal with the new page created by \include, but it's better to use \input in most cases. Feb 6, 2015 at 10:58
  • I replaced \include with \input and now only get the problem between appendices b and c for the whole book. Thanks for the help. I need to have a look at appendix b and c a bit more as appendix b is a multipage table, and I need to check that I've got everything correct. I 'may be back' as the phrase goes.... Feb 6, 2015 at 12:24

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