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!

• Do they have to be numbered? – Bernard Aug 19 '16 at 22:31
• not necessarily... – RobertP. Aug 19 '16 at 22:37
• What should appear in the table of contents, exactly? – Bernard Aug 19 '16 at 22:41
• It would awesome to have both the title (e.g., "Bla bla") and possibly the Author in the toc... – RobertP. Aug 19 '16 at 22:48

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}%
#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}{%
}{%
}%
\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:

• that's GREAT! Grazie! :) – RobertP. Aug 19 '16 at 23:14
• @RobertP.: Just a minute, I’ve made a silly mistake (#2 in place of #3). – GuM Aug 19 '16 at 23:18
• Yeah, I was about to tell you about that. Thank you – RobertP. Aug 19 '16 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. Aug 19 '16 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 Aug 19 '16 at 23:31

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}
\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}


• 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. Aug 20 '16 at 1:45