I have a document which uses scrbook as documentclass. Chapters are in the main document, whereas sections are in separate files and included via \input{filename}. As far as I understand neither scrbook nor \input should cause a page break between sections, however my document does. I tried to put two sections in one file to see if this behavior comes from \input, but it does not. Does scrbook by default start sections on new pages? Subsections are continued on the same page, as they should.

Can you tell me, if I misunderstand the default behavior of scrbook, or if I must be including a pagebreak between sections without knowing?

The code is quite complex by now, so I do not know, what to attach.

Remark: I used \clearpage between the \input-commands before and removed those, but that did not change a thing.

Thanks in advance for your advice!




\usepackage[frame,width=216mm, height=303mm,center,noaxes,noinfo]{crop}






\setlength\textfloatsep{10.0pt plus 2.0pt minus 4.0pt}





\twocolumn[\section*{Section 1}\label{sec1}]
\addcontentsline{toc}{section}{Section 1}

\twocolumn[\section*{Section 2}\label{sec2}]
\addcontentsline{toc}{section}{Section 2}


\twocolumn[\section*{Section 3}\label{sec3}]
\addcontentsline{toc}{section}{Section 3}

\twocolumn[\section*{Section 4}\label{sec4}]
\addcontentsline{toc}{section}{Section 4}


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    scrbook does not start sections on new pages automatically. The section heading goes to a new page if the previous page is filled or if the material following the section heading is too heigh for the previous page. Note that there will never be a page break after the section heading.
    – esdd
    Aug 30, 2018 at 19:59
  • Ok, then at least I did not misinterpret the default behavior. I will try to minimize my script to show the problem...
    – Petra
    Aug 30, 2018 at 20:15
  • you definitely use \input and not \include to include the sections? (\include would cause a page break) Aug 30, 2018 at 20:20
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    @Petra the problem is not related to your section, but that \twocolumn starts on a new page. You can see this with \addchap{Chapter-One} \twocolumn test Aug 30, 2018 at 21:11
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    Every \twocolumn command issues a page break.
    – egreg
    Aug 30, 2018 at 21:51

1 Answer 1


You could use the multicol package to create your desired layout:






\section*{Very long section title that spans both columns}



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