# Start section numbering after contents, figures and tables lists

I'm using the article class for a PhD thesis.

I want the section numbering to start after my lists at the beginning of the document, including the table of contents itself (generated in the usual way).

The document is generated with the following:

\begin{document}

%%% TITLE PAGE
\maketitle
\pagenumbering{arabic}

\tableofcontents
\listoffigures
\listoftables

\newpage

%%% SECTIONS
\input{src/glossary}
\input{src/symbols}
\input{src/aims}
\input{src/litreview}
\input{src/methodology}
\input{src/results}
\input{src/outlook}
\input{src/bibliography}

\end{document}


I want chapter 1 to start with src/aims, with what comes before them unnumbered.

I need some way of excluding \listoffigures, \listoftables and \tableofcontents from the numbering, but as these are commands rather than sections, how can this be accomplished?

\frontmatter and \mainmatter are written about as potential solutions, though they don't work in the article class. (and with the book class caused further problems). Is there a better way?

This is the preamble I've been using

\documentclass[12pt,article,a4paper]{article}

\usepackage[version=3]{mhchem}
\usepackage{breqn}
\usepackage{chemfig}
\usepackage{parskip}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\usepackage[hyperpageref]{backref}
\usepackage{hyperref}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\usepackage{wallpaper}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{listings}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{subfig}
\usepackage[colorinlistoftodos]{todonotes}
\usepackage{indentfirst}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage[colorinlistoftodos]{todonotes}
\usepackage{fixltx2e}
\usepackage{caption}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{morefloats}
\usepackage{epstopdf}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{mathrsfs}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage[]{algorithm2e}
\usepackage{xfrac}
\usepackage{wasysym}
\usepackage{cite}
\usepackage{color}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\usepackage{braket}
\usepackage{wrapfig}
\usepackage{glossaries}
\usepackage{sidecap}
\usepackage{multirow}
\usepackage{chngcntr}
\counterwithin{figure}{section}
\pagestyle{fancy}
\fancyhf{}

\newcommand*{\vimage}[1]{\vcenter{\hbox{\includegraphics{#1}}}}
\newcommand*{\vpointer}{\vcenter{\hbox{\scalebox{2}{\Huge\pointer}}}}
\usepackage{pict2e}
\usepackage{color}

\title{Ab-Initio Investigation into catalyst supports for Polymer Electrolyte     Fuel Cells\\[1cm]\textbf{PhD Thesis}}

\author{Matthew Worsdale
\url{mw2a11@soton.ac.uk}
\thanks{PhD student-Engineering Materials Research Group, University of     Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK}
}

\date{December 2014}
\thispagestyle{empty}

\makeatletter
\renewcommand\tableofcontents{%
\section{\contentsname}%
\@mkboth{\MakeUppercase\contentsname}%
{\MakeUppercase\contentsname}%
\@starttoc{toc}%
}
\renewcommand\listoftables{%
\section{\listtablename}%
\@mkboth{\MakeUppercase\listtablename}%
{\MakeUppercase\listtablename}%
\@starttoc{lot}%
}
\renewcommand\listoffigures{%
\section{\listfigurename}%
\@mkboth{\MakeUppercase\listfigurename}%
{\MakeUppercase\listfigurename}%
\@starttoc{lof}%
}
\makeatother

• article is not made to write a PhD thesis but short text as an article. What is the problem when you use the book class? – Romain Picot Oct 19 '15 at 12:18
• As @Romain points out, article isn't suited. It doesn't have chapters either. By the way, those auto-generated lists should be unnumbered by default. Please show us your preamble as well. Better even, a compilable example. – Johannes_B Oct 19 '15 at 12:22
• I added my preamble. The main problem using the book class was that the numbering went up a level; so the contents was 0.1, and everything following from that. And the subsections disappeared, which I think is a consequence of the same change. – JSmoov Oct 19 '15 at 13:20
• @JSmoov: Sorry, this is a quite messy setup and contradicting -- the lists should be numbered, the src/glossary shouldn't be numbered, starting from src/aims it should be numbered again – user31729 Oct 19 '15 at 14:09
• Out of interest, where did you get the template from? – Johannes_B Oct 19 '15 at 17:34

This is a proposition:

\usepackage{tocbibind} and using \tocchapter as the command, making numbered chapters for all toc like entries. If article is still to be used, replace \tocchapter with \tocsection

Some other issues: hyperref is one package, that should come last, but here before glossaries.

\documentclass[12pt,article,a4paper]{book}

\usepackage[version=3]{mhchem}
\usepackage{breqn}
\usepackage{chemfig}
\usepackage{parskip}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\usepackage{wallpaper}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{listings}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{subfig}
\usepackage[colorinlistoftodos]{todonotes}
\usepackage{indentfirst}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage[colorinlistoftodos]{todonotes}
\usepackage{fixltx2e}
\usepackage{caption}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{morefloats}
\usepackage{epstopdf}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{mathrsfs}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage[]{algorithm2e}
\usepackage{xfrac}
\usepackage{wasysym}
\usepackage{cite}
\usepackage{color}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\usepackage{braket}
\usepackage{wrapfig}
\usepackage{sidecap}
\usepackage{multirow}
\usepackage{chngcntr}
\counterwithin{figure}{section}

\usepackage{tocbibind}
\usepackage[hyperpageref]{backref}
\usepackage{hyperref}

\usepackage{glossaries}

\pagestyle{fancy}
\fancyhf{}

\newcommand*{\vimage}[1]{\vcenter{\hbox{\includegraphics{#1}}}}
\newcommand*{\vpointer}{\vcenter{\hbox{\scalebox{2}{\Huge\pointer}}}}
\usepackage{pict2e}
\usepackage{color}

\title{Ab-Initio Investigation into catalyst supports for Polymer Electrolyte     Fuel Cells\\[1cm]\textbf{PhD Thesis}}

\author{Matthew Worsdale
\url{mw2a11@soton.ac.uk}
\thanks{PhD student-Engineering Materials Research Group, University of     Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK}
}

\date{December 2014}
\thispagestyle{empty}

\tochapter

\begin{document}

%%% TITLE PAGE
\maketitle
\pagenumbering{arabic}

\tableofcontents
\listoffigures
\listoftables

\newpage

\chapter*{Glossary}
% etc
%%% SECTIONS
%\input{src/glossary}
%\input{src/symbols}

\chapter{Foo}

%\input{src/aims}
%\input{src/litreview}
%\input{src/methodology}
%\input{src/results}
%\input{src/outlook}
%\input{src/bibliography}

\end{document}


• Thanks Christian, that is helpful. However, my primary aim is to stop the Contents, List of Figures and List of Tables from having a section number when they appear in the table of contents, so that it is easier for someone reading my thesis to remember what number corresponds to the motivation, results, conclusion sections etc – JSmoov Oct 19 '15 at 16:04
• @JSmoov: You're contradiction your requests. In your example, you use \renewcommand{\tableofcontents}{...\section{...}} this is numbered. The toc etc. aren't numbered by default. Why did you use that ill-behaved code then? – user31729 Oct 19 '15 at 16:45
• It was my mistake, and sorted now – JSmoov Oct 20 '15 at 16:38