I explain better what I meant in the title.

Before it I have the abstract and the acknowledgements

What I have is

\usepackage[hyperindex]{hyperref}
\begin{document}
\include{Acknowledgements}
\clearemptydoublepage
\include{Abstract}
\clearemptydoublepage

{\fancyplain{}{\bfseries \thepage}}
\cfoot{}%
\tableofcontents
\clearemptydoublepage


Thanks

• Please complete to a minimal working example (MWE). The document class is important. Also use a sketch (minimal version) for the abstract and the acknowledgements sections. We do not have the files Acknowledgements.tex and Abstact.tex. Nov 1 '16 at 16:26

Assuming that your document class is 'book':

\documentclass[openany]{book}

\usepackage{lipsum}   % get some filler text
\usepackage{emptypage}% strip headers and numbers from otherwise empty pages

\begin{document}

\frontmatter          % switch off chapter numbering, use roman page nums

\chapter{Abstract}

\lipsum[1]

\chapter{Acknowledgements}

\lipsum[2]

\tableofcontents

\mainmatter  % switch on chapter numbering, use arabic page numbers


• Yes, \frontmatter doesn't get the attention it deserves. I have struggled with this in the past as well. Nov 1 '16 at 16:58