I'm writing a thesis that includes two articles. The institution provided a style file for the thesis; the articles use IEEEtran. Furthermore, the used packages in each document may differ significantly.

Desired Result: a single PDF that contains the thesis and articles while maintaining each document's prescribed format and consistent page numbering. The PDF should also include a single comprehensive table of contents (TOC), table of figures (TOF), table of tables (TOT) and bibliography. This document document would be structured as follows:

  • Front Matter (e.g. Title Page, TOC,TOF,TOT, Abstract)
  • Introduction
  • Article 1
  • Article 2
  • Conclusion
  • Back Matter (e.g. Bibliography)

The combine package would not compile the document. The pdfpages package was able to build a single, combined document with consistent page numbering, but I am unable to produce the TOC/TOF/TOT/Bibliography. Can anyone provide a minimal example of a working solution?

  • If the articles have their own section information, etc. you can use the pax package with pdflatex or lualatex to include that information when the pdfpages package is used.
    – darthbith
    Jan 12, 2016 at 15:05
  • can you add informations about Bibliography? why this is a problem for pdfpages?
    – touhami
    Jan 12, 2016 at 16:21
  • The bibliography in the back matter should include all references from all documents. I may be able to just whittle the *.bib file down to only those references that were cited and use the \nocite{*} command in the back matter, but the real challenge seems to be getting the TOC/TOF/TOT working.
    – Austin D
    Jan 12, 2016 at 16:34

2 Answers 2


Here is a solution



\addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{title of article1}
\addcontentsline{toc}{section}{title of section}
\addcontentsline{lof}{figure}{nice figure}
\addcontentsline{lot}{table}{small table}
\addcontentsline{toc}{section}{title of section}
\addcontentsline{lot}{table}{second table}
\addcontentsline{toc}{chapter}{title of article2}
\addcontentsline{toc}{section}{title of section}
\addcontentsline{toc}{section}{title of section}

Take the bodies of the documents, put them into separate files, which you \input{...} (or \include{...}, if separate chapters, which start new pages) from the main file.

Even if it starts as a collage of articles-each-with-it's-own-format, sooner or later you will start working on getting uniform look-and-feel.

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