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A Jekyll theme for academia

Academic Screenshot

A Jekyll theme designed for academia, although you can use it for almost any other purpose as well:

  • Showcase your research interests, publications, your curriculum vitae, the people in your research group, and your contact information.

  • Manage courses that you are teaching.

  • Provide updates to your students and faulty.

For a guide on how to deploy a Jekyll site using GitHub Pages, please check out this article.

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Ruby Gem Method

Add this line to your Jekyll site's Gemfile:

gem "academic-jekyll-theme"

And add this line to your Jekyll site's _config.yml:

theme: academic-jekyll-theme

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install academic-jekyll-theme



The following sections describe usage instructions for this Jekyll theme,including available layouts, includes, sass and/or assets.


The _layouts/home.html layout defines the home page for this theme. An introduction to your research group or to yourself can be provided, along with a list of featured publications. There is also a section for providing any updates through posts placed in the _posts directory.


The _layouts/people.html layout can be used to showcase and describe people in your research group. People are defined in the _data/settings.yml file, and markdown pages for each person with the _layouts/page.html layout can be placed in the people directory.


The _layouts/publications.html layout can be used to showcase selected publications, or the entire catalogue of publications. Direct links to the paper can be used, or a PDF copy of the paper can be served. Publications are defined in the _data/publications.yml file, and any PDF files that are served can be placed in the publications directory.


The _layouts/courses.html layout can be used to showcase courses that were taught in the past or are currently being taught. Courses are defined in the _data/settings.yml file, and markdown pages for each course with the _layouts/page.html layout can be placed in the courses directory. Related course material, such as PDF files, can also be placed in the courses directory in a subdirectory with the same name as the corresponding course.


The _layouts/cv.html layout can be used to showcase a curriculum vitae. The sections of the cv are defined in the _data/cv directory, where each section has its own <section>.yml file.


The _layouts/contact.html layout can be used to provide contact information for the research group or the people that lead the research group. Contact information is defined in the _data/settings.yml file.


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


To set up your environment to develop this theme, run bundle install, then run bundle exec jekyll serve, and open your browser at http://localhost:4000. This starts a Jekyll server using this theme. Make changes to the pages, documents, data, etc. like normal to test this theme's contents. As you make modifications to this theme the site will regenerate and you should see the changes in the browser after a refresh.


The theme is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.