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I am writing a book using the scrbook class. My publisher is asking for:

  1. chapters open on any page, and are not followed or preceded by a blank page.
  2. parts open on odd pages, and are always followed by a blank page.

I am aware of the openany, openright, openleft Koma options, but these seem to apply to chapters and parts simultaneously, whereas I need these two heading types to behave differently.

Any hints would be much appreciated!

Here's a MWE:

\documentclass[openany]{scrbook}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\part{part 1}
\chapter{chapter 1}
\lipsum[2]
\chapter{chapter 2}
\lipsum[2]

\part{part 2}
\chapter{chapter 3}
\lipsum[2]
\chapter{chapter 4}
\lipsum[2]

\end{document}
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Try this simple solution. But if a chapter follows a part it will be preceded by a blank page.

\documentclass[openany]{scrbook}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\part{part 1}
\cleardoublepage %<<<<

\chapter{chapter 1}
\lipsum[2]
\chapter{chapter 2}
\lipsum[2]

\part{part 2}
\cleardoublepage %<<<<<

\chapter{chapter 3}
\lipsum[2]
\chapter{chapter 4}
\lipsum[2]

\end{document}

output

The rules can not be applied at the same time also in this case

    \documentclass[openany]{scrbook}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\part{part 1}   
\cleardoubleoddpage

\chapter{chapter 1}
\lipsum[2]
%   \chapter{chapter 2}
%   \lipsum[2]

\part{part 2}
\cleardoubleevenpage % <<<<

\chapter{chapter 3}
\lipsum[2]
\chapter{chapter 4}
\lipsum[2]

\end{document}

Part 2 now starts in an even page. Perhaps you should recheck the rules with the publisher or look for allowed exceptions.

output2

With a partx command it seems to work. provided that the rule for chapters does not apply to the first chapter after a part nor the last, before a new part.

\documentclass[openany]{scrbook}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\newcommand{\partx}[1]{\cleardoubleoddpage\part{#1}\cleardoubleoddpage}


\begin{document}

\partx{part 1}

\chapter{chapter 1}
\lipsum[2]
\chapter{chapter 2}
\lipsum[2]
\chapter{chapter 3}
\lipsum[2]

\partx{part 2}
\chapter{chapter 4}
\lipsum[2]

\partx{part 3}

\chapter{chapter 5}
\lipsum[2]
\chapter{chapter 6}
\lipsum[2]

\end{document}

output3

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  • Thanks for illustrating the corner cases. It looks like \cleardoubleoddpage will get me most of the way there, and I now know what clarification to ask from the publisher. Very nice and complete answer!
    – Vincent
    Oct 16 '20 at 22:54
  • 1
    @Vincent Thank you! I just added a last picture I forgot. But it seems you do not need It. Oct 16 '20 at 23:05

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