Thursday, March 27, 2014

What Goes Into the Front Matter of a Textbook?

Every health care textbook publisher has its own sequence of front matter pieces, but there are only subtle differences.

Front matter, by the way, is everything from the inside front cover of the book to the page 1 of the body of the book. Front matter pages are typically (dare I say always?) lowercase Roman numerals (i, ii, iii, iv, etc.).

Full list


  • Half-title page
  • Series title or frontispiece (verso, or left-facing page)
  • Title page
  • Copyright page (verso)
  • Dedication
  • Epigraph
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Contributors
  • Reviewers
  • Acknowledgments
  • (List of) Tables
  • (List of) Figures
  • Abbreviations
  • Contents in Brief
  • (Table of) Contents
  • Introduction


Most common

These elements are the most commonly used, and a few are pretty much mandatory:

  • Half-title page
  • Title page
  • Copyright page (verso)
  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Contributors
  • Reviewers
  • Acknowledgments
  • (Table of) Contents

For more information on front matter and book layouts, check this great page (and site):
http://andreareider.com/2011/01/23/the-basics-of-book-design/http://andreareider.com/2011/01/23/the-basics-of-book-design/