Front Matter Checklist

Front Matter Checklist

The front matter of a book is composed of everything that comes before page one (either the first page of the introduction or Chapter 1). Chicago goes into detail about most front matter elements, if you need more information.

Complete front matter includes, in order, the following—the starred items must be present in all front matter, the other items vary by text:

  • Half title page*
  • Series page (if n/a, include a blank page here)
  • Title page*
  • Copyright page* (see copyright checklist for details)
  • Subsidy page
  • Dedication
  • Epigraph
  • Table of Contents*
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments (may be part of preface)
  • Introduction (if not considered part of main text)


Front matter pages following the table of contents are numbered with roman numerals; Arabic numerals begin with the main text.

An introduction to a new edition precedes a preface from the original edition.

The table of contents includes everything following it, including other front matter materials, text elements, and back matter materials (i.e., notes, bibliography, appendices, etc.).