# more than one abstract in amsart document

As far as I know, we can write only one abstract in an amsart document. Is it possible to write several abstracts with the amsart template?

• you can't without redefine the abstract environment Feb 14 '15 at 15:32

If you are happy with the first abstract being in the document's main language, you can define a \newabstract command taking as argument the language you want to typeset the second (third, …) abstract in.

\documentclass[a4paper]{amsart}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[italian,english]{babel}

\usepackage{lipsum}

\newcommand{\newabstract}[1]{%
\par\bigskip
\csname otherlanguage*\endcsname{#1}%
\csname captions#1\endcsname
\item[\hskip\labelsep\scshape\abstractname.]
}

\begin{document}

\title{A title}
\author{A. Uthor}

\begin{abstract}
This is the abstract in the main language. \lipsum[2]

\newabstract{italian}
E questo è il sunto in un'altra lingua. \lipsum[3]
\end{abstract}

\maketitle

\end{document}


I use \otherlanguage* and \captions{...} in order to avoid a command such as \selectlanguage writes unwanted notes in the .aux file.

A version that allows for the abstracts to be given in any order, with a redefinition of the environment accepting the language as an optional argument (default the language which is current when \begin{abstract} is issued, usually the main document's language).

\documentclass[a4paper]{amsart}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[italian,english]{babel}

\usepackage{lipsum}

\makeatletter
\renewenvironment{abstract}[1][\languagename]{%
\ifx\maketitle\relax
\ClassWarning{\@classname}{Abstract should precede
\protect\maketitle\space in AMS document classes; reported}%
\fi
\global\setbox\abstractbox=\vtop \bgroup
\unvbox\abstractbox % add the previous abstracts
\medskip
\normalfont\Small
\list{}{\labelwidth\z@
\leftmargin3pc \rightmargin\leftmargin
\listparindent\normalparindent \itemindent\z@
\parsep\z@ \@plus\p@
\let\fullwidthdisplay\relax
}%
% change the current language
\csname otherlanguage*\endcsname{#1}\csname captions#1\endcsname
\item[\hskip\labelsep\scshape\abstractname.]%
}{%
\endlist\egroup
\ifx\@setabstract\relax \@setabstracta \fi
}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\title{A title}
\author{A. Uthor}

\begin{abstract}[italian]
E questo è il sunto in un'altra lingua. \lipsum[3]
\end{abstract}

\begin{abstract}
This is the abstract in the main language. \lipsum[2]
\end{abstract}

\maketitle

\end{document}
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