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I'm using the KOMA-Script scrbook class to typeset my dissertation. My main question is: should the abstract be put in a titlepage environment?

Right now, I'm doing the following.

\frontmatter

\maketitle

\addchap*{Abstract}
\setcounter{page}{1}

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This way, the 'abstract' page is the first numbered page. If it were a titlepage, obviously it wouldn't get a number (by default). Please do let me know if there's a better way to control the numbering, in any case.

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See KOMA-script manual (in Englisch: texdoc scrguien, German version: texdoc scrguide), p. 72:

Books typically use a different kind of summary. There, you usually place an appropriate chapter at the beginning or the end of the work. This chapter is often combined with either the introduction or a description of a larger prospectus. Therefore, the scrbook class has no abstract environment. A summary chapter is also recommended for reports in a wider sense, such as a Master’s thesis or Ph.D. dissertation. See the commands \chapter*, \addchap, and \addchap* documented in section 3.16, from page 105.

So no, don't put the abstract of your thesis into the titlepage environment.

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  • Thank you. As it happens though, the layout requirements (which I just found) for this dissertation require the abstract to be on the second page, followed by a signed declaration of authorship, acknowledgements, the table of contents (and other tables), and only then the first chapter proper. So it seems that even recommendation of \addchap doesn't apply to well. Certainly, it looks like the abstract page should not be numbered.
    – Noldorin
    Commented Mar 3, 2022 at 17:40

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