I have two questions please:

(1) I have a blank page in my Latex document, and I don't know how to get rid of it.

(2) I don't understand why my Abstract has no title.

My code:

\documentclass[12pt,twoside]{ociamthesis}  % default square logo 

\usepackage{amsmath, amsthm, amssymb, amsfonts}

\usepackage{changepage} % for temp adjustment of page margin


\renewcommand{\nomname}{List of Symbols}

\title{My Title}
\abstracttitle{Abstract Title}

\author{my name}             %your name
\college{my college}             %your college

\degreelevel{Degree}     %the degree
\degreedate{2015}         %the degree date

\DeclareMathSizes{12}{13}{8}{10}  % For size 12 text 


\baselineskip=24pt plus1pt % this looks about double-line


\maketitle                  % create a title page from the preamble info
\baselineskip=18pt plus1pt % this looks pretty good for the TOC
\include{acknowledgement}   % include an acknowledgements.tex file

\include{declaration} % include a declaration.tex file    

\baselineskip=18pt plus1pt % Looks pretty good for the abstract etc.
\include{abstract}          % include the abstract

\begin{romanpages}          % start roman page numbering

\tableofcontents            % generate and include a table of contents

\baselineskip=18pt plus1pt % this looks pretty good for the TOC
\listoffigures              % generate and include a list of figures
\listoftables              % generate and include a list of tables

\end{romanpages}                 % end roman page numbering


\baselineskip=24pt plus1pt % change back to normal spacing


\include{chapter1} % Chapter1
\include{chapter2} % Chapter2
\include{chapter3} % Chapter3
\include{chapter4} % Chapter4
\include{chapter5} % Chapter5
\include{chapter6} % Chapter6
\include{conclusions} % Conclusions

\renewcommand{\bibname}{References} % changes bibliography name to references
\baselineskip=14pt plus1pt % compress the references a bit


  • 2
    Where is the blank page? You should really think about the community when posting. We don't have any of your files you \include, and therefore can't adequately reproduce the "problem". How about removing all the unnecessary stuff from your code such that the problem still presents itself and using lipsum and portable code that we can copy-and-paste? That's what we call a minimal working example (MWE). You've been here long enough to know how things work, right?
    – Werner
    Jun 24, 2015 at 22:36
  • Sorry I don't often post about Latex - I don't understand it very well. My blank page is after the "List of Tables" and before "Chapter 1". Jun 24, 2015 at 22:46
  • 3
    Under twoside you're opening every \chapter on an odd (recto or right) page. If there's nothing on the even (verso or left) page, then it'll be left blank. Is that what's happening?
    – Werner
    Jun 24, 2015 at 22:48

1 Answer 1


You should try adding the option openany to the \documentclass instruction:


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