I'm writing my thesis. I would like to insert the acknowledgments after the frontispiece and before the table of contents.

I write

\chapter*{Acknowledgments}

....

\thispagestyle{empty}


• Add \clear(double)page before \printindex? – Bernard Jul 14 '16 at 10:35
• @Bernard I don't use the command \printindex but only \tableofcontents... – andreasvr Jul 14 '16 at 10:37
• Do you mean the “table of contents”? In the standard classes, \chapter*{...} does not insert an entry in the table of contents, so an example is needed. What document class are you using? – egreg Jul 14 '16 at 10:48
• @Bernard Yes I mean table of contents. I'm using "amsbook" and I would like to write the acknowledgments before it. My problem is that this appear in t.o.c. and i don't know how to hide it. I try to follow this post tex.stackexchange.com/questions/20543/… but it doesn't work.. – andreasvr Jul 14 '16 at 10:53
• @andreassvr: Initially, I read ‘the index’, whence my suggestion. Seemed weird, though. I don't know the details of amsbook, but try, before the acknowledgments, \setcounter{tocnumdepth}{-1}, and put the whole in a group. – Bernard Jul 14 '16 at 11:00

Indeed, the amsbook class defines \chapter* in such a way that an entry is added to the ToC. You need to define a special command “by hand”:

\documentclass[a4paper]{amsbook}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}

\makeatletter

\newcommand*\notocchapter[1]{%
\if@openright\cleardoublepage\else\clearpage\fi
\thispagestyle{empty}\global\@topnum\z@
\@afterindenttrue
\let\@secnumber\@empty
}

\makeatother

\begin{document}

\tableofcontents

\notocchapter{Acknowledgments}
Thanks to everybody!

\chapter*{Introduction}
Introductory text.

\chapter{Genesis}
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

\chapter{Exodus}
These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob.

\end{document}


Edit: I’ve noticed that you want the empty page style on the acknowledgment page, so I’ve updated the above code accordingly.