# Remove Section Numbering for Abstract in APA6

I am writing a paper in an APA6 class document. I would like to number the sections which I did with \setcounter{3}. However, I would not like to have my abstract numbered but could of course not use the * option here.

Any suggestions very welcome!

\documentclass[a4paper,man,natbib,donotrepeattitle]{apa6}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[utf8x]{inputenc}
\usepackage{amsmath,siunitx,booktabs,caption}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage[colorinlistoftodos]{todonotes}
\usepackage{hyperref}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{multicol}
\usepackage{multirow}
\usepackage[titles]{tocloft}
\usepackage[usestackEOL]{stackengine}
\usepackage{textcomp}
\usepackage{minipage-marginpar}
\usepackage{float}
\restylefloat{table}
\restylefloat{figure}
\floatstyle{plaintop}


The Abstract:

\abstract{\textit{Background:} text.\\
\textit{Methods:} text.\\
\textit{Results:} text.\\ \textit{Conclusion:} text.
\keywords{Linalool, Anti-Oxidant, Oxidative Stress, Glutamate.}}

\setcounter{secnumdepth}{3}

• Aren't you using \abstract{write abstract here} for the abstract? That isn't numbered. – Torbjørn T. Jun 20 '18 at 7:34
• Call me stupid, but \section*{Lorem} works for me – moewe Jun 20 '18 at 7:37
• @CesiumNotch Why don't you give one mwe? – David Jun 20 '18 at 7:41
• OK, I understand what you did know, but it would have a bit clearer if you made a complete example. While you do mention it (sort of) in the text, in the code you have not included the crucial \setcounter{secnumdepth}{3}. – Torbjørn T. Jun 20 '18 at 7:43
• Have you tried placing the \setcounter after \maketitle? And by "complete example" I mean a minimal working example, that is the smallest complete document from \documentclass to \end{document} that demonstrates the problem. Not all questions require one (some do), but it usually makes it a lot easier to understand what is going on, which makes it a lot easier for us to give you a proper answer. – Torbjørn T. Jun 20 '18 at 7:49

Issue

\usepackage{etoolbox}
\patchcmd{\maketitle}
{\section{\normalfont\normalsize\abstractname}}
{\section*{\normalfont\normalsize\abstractname}}
{}{\typeout{Failed to patch abstract.}}


before you load hyperref. This makes the abstract use \section* instead of \section.

\documentclass[a4paper,man,natbib,donotrepeattitle]{apa6}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

\usepackage{duckuments}
\setcounter{secnumdepth}{3}

\usepackage{etoolbox}
\patchcmd{\maketitle}
{\section{\normalfont\normalsize\abstractname}}
{\section*{\normalfont\normalsize\abstractname}}
{}{\typeout{Failed to patch abstract.}}

\usepackage{hyperref}

\author{Anne Elk}
\title{On the Theory of Brontosauruses}
\shorttitle{Brontosauruses}

\abstract{\blindduck}

\begin{document}
\maketitle
\section*{Lorem}
\blindduck
\duckument
\end{document}


If you must patch \abstract after loading hyperref you need to patch \HyOrg@maketitle instead. Don't forget the \makeatletter...\makeatother in that case.

Another solution would be to only set \setcounter{secnumdepth}{3} after \maketitle

\documentclass[a4paper,man,natbib,donotrepeattitle]{apa6}
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

\usepackage{duckuments}

\usepackage{hyperref}

\author{Anne Elk}
\title{On the Theory of Brontosauruses}
\shorttitle{Brontosauruses}

\abstract{\blindduck}

\begin{document}
\maketitle
\setcounter{secnumdepth}{3}
\section*{Lorem}
\blindduck
\duckument
\end{document}