With the package

\usepackage{tocbibind}


I can include the table of Contents in itself, however this is without numbering. I would like to know if it's possible to include a number in the contents (so it would be like a section) and then include this in the table of contents.

an example would be like,

1. Abstract
2. Contents
3. Section 1

• I think perhaps the answer would depend on the documentclass you're using, can you add that info to the question? – Torbjørn T. Feb 21 '18 at 12:11

With a standard class you can use package tocbasic:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{lipsum}% only for dummy text

\usepackage{tocbasic}
\renewcommand*\tableofcontents{\listoftoc[{\contentsname}]{toc}}
\setuptoc{toc}{numbered}

\begin{document}
\section{Abstract}
\lipsum[1]
\tableofcontents
\section{Section 1}
\lipsum[2-3]
\end{document}


Package tocbasic is part of the KOMA-Script bundle. The KOMA-Script classes load it automatically:

\documentclass{scrartcl}
\usepackage{lipsum}% only for dummy text

\setuptoc{toc}{numbered}

\begin{document}
\section{Abstract}
\lipsum[1]
\tableofcontents
\section{Section 1}
\lipsum[2-3]
\end{document}