Following "A few notes on book design" from Peter Wilson (author of the memoir class) the order of the pages of the front matter is:

  1. Half-title page
  2. Blank
  3. Title page
  4. Copyright page
  5. Dedication
  6. Blank
  7. ToC
  8. LoF
  9. LoT
  10. Forewords
  11. Preface
  12. Aknowledg(e)ments
  13. Introduction
  14. Abreviations

Again for the case of my master's thesis I have a few questions: Where should I include the Abstract ? Item 12 'introduction' should be there if the introduction is not part of the main matter which is clearly not the case in a scientific writting.

So I was thinking about replacing that by the abstract. But at this location the abstract seems to be a bit "hidden" in the middle of all these pages.

So my second idea would be to put it just after the LoT. But in don't know if this is optimal.

My layout, removing what I think are unnecessary parts would then be:

  1. Title page
  2. Blank
  3. Title page (only the title, nothing else)
  4. Blank
  5. Dedication
  6. blank
  7. ToC
  8. LoF
  9. LoT
  10. Abstract
  11. Preface
  12. Aknowledg(e)ments
  13. Abreviations
  14. and then start the first numbered chapter "Introduction"

What do you think ?

  • 1
    I agree this is not directly latex related so I'm not really sure if this question is allowed here.
    – Cedric H.
    Nov 21, 2010 at 15:20
  • For theses, you should also double or triple check with your degree institute to see if they have any formatting requirements for the front matter. My PhD dissertation had quite strict requirements: Title page -- copyright -- abstract -- acknowledgements -- TOC, with everything else going after the TOC and other lists of stuff. Nov 22, 2010 at 12:59
  • Well. This is a question that crops up when using TeX so in my opinion here is as good a place to ask as anywhere. Nov 22, 2010 at 13:01
  • I would also place an abstract before acknowledgements, before TOC, and, probably, before dedication, but of course after title page. Oct 7, 2017 at 11:41

1 Answer 1


Allowed question or not, I'll make some suggestions.

  • Half-title pages (displaying nothing but the main title of a book) were introduced to protect the main title page, as Peter Wilson correctly states. Today, this is often achieved by dust jackets. If you still want to include a half-title page, don't put it after the title page.

  • If your abstract is formatted as an (unnumbered) chapter, putting it before the preface is surely an option. As an alternative (or in case of special formatting), you could place it before the ToC or even before the dedication.

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