Version 4.6 (WIP)

Release Notes tell you what’s new in Academic. As always, we welcome your feedback. You can also file a bug report. Want to update to this version? Refer to the update guide in conjunction with the parameter changes mentioned in the Breaking Changes section below.

This version is currently in development! It corresponds to the latest master branch on GitHub. Check back here for the final notes once it is released.

See what’s new in Academic!

Welcome to the v4.6 release of Academic. There are a number of exciting updates in this version that we hope you will like, including:

  • Based on your feedback, there’s now an option to disable linking authors to their profile page
    • To disable author links, add link_authors = false to the Advanced (or root) section of your params.toml
  • Improved robustness of search to handle diacritics (accents) and Chinese/Korean/Japanese languages
  • New background image options for Widget Page sections
    • image_size can be set to cover (default), contain, or actual size
    • image_position can be set to any valid CSS background position including left, center (default), or right
    • image_parallax makes the fun parallax-like fixed background effect optional by setting to true/false
  • Integrated Google Tag Manager, allowing for very powerful analytics without needing to modify any code
  • The Google Analytics integration now uses the modern gtag.js approach and only collects data in production (your live site)
  • A person’s social links can now be shown in the People widget
    • See Breaking Changes section below

Breaking changes

Hugo Extended v0.58.3+ is now required.


If you wish to use Google Analytics or Google Tag Manager, then add the following at the end of the file, including your associated tracking code:

## Marketing
  google_analytics = ""
  google_tag_manager = ""

Note that the old googleAnalytics option in config.toml is still supported, but may be deprecated in a future version.

GA now only tracks users on your live production website. Hugo’s default environments are development with the hugo serve command and production with the hugo command. You can explicitly set the environment to production with HUGO_ENV or Hugo’s --environment option. If you deploy with Netlify, check that your Netlify settings in netlify.toml are similar to the latest Netlify settings in the Academic Kickstart template.

Due to the changes in GA implementation, we recommend testing that your analytics are still working as expected. If they are not, check that your production environment is as described above and check that your URL in your GA admin panel matches your site’s URL.

If you choose to use GA via Google Tag Manager instead (google_tag_manager), it will override the direct GA implementation (google_analytics) to prevent tracking each user twice.

Under the Advanced (root) section, you can optionally add the option for linking authors (default is true):

# Link authors to their profile page? (true/false)
link_authors = true

People widget

If you are using the People widget, then you’ll need to upgrade your settings. User Groups have moved under [content] and additional options have been added under [design]:

widget = "people"  # Use the People widget
headless = true  # This file represents a page section.

# ... Put Your Section Options Here (title etc.) ...

  # Choose which groups/teams of users to display.
  #   Edit `user_groups` in each user's profile to add them to one or more of these groups.
  user_groups = ["Principal Investigators",
                 "Grad Students",

  # Show user's social networking links? (true/false)
  show_social = false

  # Show user's interests? (true/false)
  show_interests = true


  • fix: Hugo v0.58.0 breaks RSS template
  • fix(publication): DOI link not shown if it’s the only link
  • fix: console error when clicking back_to_top button (did not affect Back To Top functionality)
  • fix: don’t show address in Contact if it’s an array of empty strings
    • An alternative is to comment out the address in Params if it’s unused

Thank you

Last but certainly not least, a big Thank You to all the folks that helped to make Academic even better.

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