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I am compiling a booklet of abstracts, each of which has its title. I didn't treat use the command \section for these titles, but now I need to put them in a table of contents. For example I have:

\documentclass[12pt]{book}

\begin{document}

\tableofcontents
\cleardoublepage


\begin{center}
\textsc{Bla bla} \\
 Author
\end{center}

 This is an abstract.

 \newpage 

 \begin{center}
 \textsc{Bla bla 2} \\
  Author 2
 \end{center}

 This is another abstract. 

 \newpage


 and so on.

 \end{document}

My question is: is there a way to tell LaTeX to treat these titles as if they were sections? or would I need to label them all as sections? If so, how can I edit the format of sections so that they have the format above?

Thank you!

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  • Do they have to be numbered?
    – Bernard
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 22:31
  • not necessarily...
    – RobertP.
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 22:37
  • What should appear in the table of contents, exactly?
    – Bernard
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 22:41
  • It would awesome to have both the title (e.g., "Bla bla") and possibly the Author in the toc...
    – RobertP.
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 22:48

2 Answers 2

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Use \addcontentsline:

% My standard header for TeX.SX answers:
\documentclass[a4paper]{article} % To avoid confusion, let us explicitly 
                                 % declare the paper format.

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}         % Not always necessary, but recommended.
% End of standard header.  What follows pertains to the problem at hand.

\newenvironment*{TOCabstract}[2]{%
    \begin{center}
        \textsc{#1}%
        \addcontentsline{toc}{section}{#1}\par\nobreak
        #2\par
        \nobreak\smallskip
}{\end{center}}



\begin{document}

\tableofcontents

\begin{TOCabstract}{The first title}{Arthur Uther Thor}
    Abstract one.
\end{TOCabstract}

\begin{TOCabstract}{The second title}{Brutus Cyclops Dull}
    Abstract two.
\end{TOCabstract}

\end{document}

Addition: A refined version, that lists the authors along with the titles, and also allows an alternative title to be specified for the ToC (as the sectioning commands do). It uses xparse:

% My standard header for TeX.SX answers:
\documentclass[a4paper]{article} % To avoid confusion, let us explicitly 
                                 % declare the paper format.

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}         % Not always necessary, but recommended.
% End of standard header.  What follows pertains to the problem at hand.

\usepackage{xparse}

\NewDocumentEnvironment{TOCabstract}{ o m m }{%
    \center
        \textsc{#2}%
        \IfValueTF{#1}{%
            \addcontentsline{toc}{section}{#1, by #3}%
        }{%
            \addcontentsline{toc}{section}{#2, by #3}%
        }%
        \par\nobreak
        #3%
        \par\nobreak\smallskip
}{\endcenter}



\begin{document}

\tableofcontents

\begin{TOCabstract}{The first title}{Arthur Uther Thor}
    Abstract one.
\end{TOCabstract}

\begin{TOCabstract}{The second title}{Brutus Cyclops Dull}
    Abstract two.
\end{TOCabstract}

\begin{TOCabstract}[Shorter 3rd title]{The third title, long version}
            {Jonathan Horatio Quick}
    Abstract three.
\end{TOCabstract}

\end{document}

Here is the output:

Output of the second code sample

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  • that's GREAT! Grazie! :)
    – RobertP.
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 23:14
  • @RobertP.: Just a minute, I’ve made a silly mistake (#2 in place of #3).
    – GuM
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 23:18
  • Yeah, I was about to tell you about that. Thank you
    – RobertP.
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 23:21
  • Wait - let me clarify what I need. Here's what I need each title to be like: Title 1 (in small caps) \\ Author - Affiliation (in italics) What I would like to put in the table of contents is Title 1 and Author.
    – RobertP.
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 23:25
  • @RobertP.: Please go on: try to implement that yourself. :-) I’ve put you on the way, try to continue on your own: that’s the way we all have learnt to write LaTeX code—and anything else, too! :-) Feel free to ask for hints, I’ll stay at my computer for some time… :-)
    – GuM
    Commented Aug 19, 2016 at 23:31
2

You can have this, with titlesec and titletoc:

\documentclass[12pt]{book}
\usepackage[showframe]{geometry}
 \usepackage[clearempty, explicit]{titlesec} %
\newcommand\Author[1]{\\ \normalfont#1}
\newcommand{\sectionbreak}{\clearpage}
\titleformat{name = \section, numberless}[block]{\scshape}{}{0pt}{\begin{center}#1\end{center}}[\addcontentsline{toc}{section}{#1}]
\usepackage{titletoc}
\titlecontents{section}
     [0em] % i
     {\medskip}
     {\thecontentslabel\enspace}%\thecontentslabel
     {\scshape}
     {\titlerule*[1pc]{.}\contentspage}%]

\pagestyle{plain}
\begin{document}

\tableofcontents
\cleardoublepage

\section*{Bla bla 1 Bla bla 1\Author{Author1}}
 This is an abstract.

\section*{Bla bla 2 \Author{Author 2}}
 This is another abstract.

 and so on.

 \end{document} 

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  • if i would like to add the affiliation too, would it be something like: \newcommand\Affiliation[1]{--- \itshape#1} to be added before the \Author command?
    – RobertP.
    Commented Aug 20, 2016 at 1:45

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