# Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Common questions and answers will be listed here.

I cloned/downloaded Academic but Hugo produces errors when using it with my existing Hugo site

Academic is a website framework rather than just a theme. Therefore, you must follow the full installation guide found on the Demo/Documentation website or in the Github Readme. If you still have problems, first try running Hugo on the Academic Example Site found in the themes/academic/exampleSite folder and then compare the configuration parameters in the Example Site’s config.toml and content files with the files in your existing site.

Hosting your site with Netlify or Cloudflare and experience strange behavior such as filters not working?

Disable post-processing steps such as minification in your Netlify/Cloudflare admin panel.

Publications and other content are not sorted by newest first

Hugo/TOML require that the value for the date field should be in TOML format, as per frontmatter of the content/publication/ files in the example site. If you want to use a partial date, such as year, you should still complete a full date to make a valid TOML date format.

Issue parsing LaTeX in publication abstract

Let’s consider the following LaTeX which fails to parse correctly:

abstract = "${O(d_{\max})}$"


This is a side effect of Academic and Hugo attempting to parse TOML, Markdown and LaTeX content in the abstract. The solution is to:

• escape each LaTeX backslash (\) with an extra backslash, yielding \\
• escape each LaTeX underscore (_) with two backslashes, yielding \\_.

Hence, editing the above example, we get:

abstract = "${O(d\\_{\\max})}$"


Cannot achieve line break in multiline equation (LaTeX/Mathjax)

\\ usually achieves a line break in a multiline LaTeX/Mathjax equation, but due to Hugo’s Markdown parser it doesn’t.

Solution: use 6 backslashes for a line break, for example:

$$\begin{eqnarray} y &=& 1+1 \\\\\\ &=& 2 \end{eqnarray}$$