# Missing abstract with amsart class

I'm not very good at LaTeX but I've been using it to write my dissertation. Have just come to the end and trying to format everything correctly. Whenever I try to put my Abstract paragraph into the form \begin{abstract} (writing here) \end{abstract} and click play the whole abstract section just disappears. What am I doing wrong?

\documentclass[12pt]{amsart}

\begin{document}

\begin{abstract}
(my abstract here)
\end{abstract}
\end{document}


The amsart class does some Mysterious Stuff with abstracts: it stores the abstract in a box to be used in the title page. To get it to appear, issue the magic command \maketitle after the abstract.

(It will then complain about a missing \title ... )

\documentclass[12pt]{amsart}

\begin{document}

\begin{abstract}
(my abstract here)
\end{abstract}

\maketitle
Some text
\end{document}


• The abstract will also show up if you give \maketitle first, although the spacing is different in the two cases. – Joseph Wright Aug 17 '12 at 15:38
• @JosephWright as you will also get the error Abstract should precede \maketitle in AMS document classes I figured that although that worked, it shouldn't be recommended. – Andrew Stacey Aug 17 '12 at 15:42
• I just tried this (both before and after) and it wouldn't let me typeset it. – 5834578943 Aug 17 '12 at 15:43
• @AndrewStacey Not an error: LaTeX does not stop. Must be a warning :-) – Joseph Wright Aug 17 '12 at 15:44
• @5834578943 "wouldn't let me typeset it" is a little .. imprecise. Could you be more specific? – Andrew Stacey Aug 17 '12 at 15:53

With amsart you need a \maketitle to see the abstract:

\documentclass[12pt]{amsart}
\title{abc}
\author{author}
\begin{document}

\begin{abstract}
(my abstract here)
\end{abstract}

\maketitle
\end{document}

• Does this affect footnotes in the abstract? Those I have in the abstract disappear. Those in the main body of the doc are OK. – Assad Ebrahim Jul 26 '16 at 23:18
• @AssadEbrahim: Imho it is wanted that footnotes don't work, but it looks like a bug that the footnote mark appears anyway. If you need a footnote you can try \footnotemark in the abstract, and \stepcounter{footnote}\footnotetext{blub} after \maketitle. – Ulrike Fischer Jul 27 '16 at 7:44