Google Analytics 4 in OJS3.3.x

Hello friends, Google analytics is currently using GA4 for page access measurement, and is leaving aside Universal Analytics (UA). Does the current GA plugin support this new GA4 version?
Greetings!

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HI @dagosalas, our Publishing Services team recently identified this as a priority. I believe they’ll be putting out a new version of the plugin at some point.

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Any updates on this fix?

Hi @PaulS, I checked with out Publishing Services team and they have not done any work on the Google Analytics plugin. Can you point us to any information about when Google plans to remove support for UA?

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Hi @NateWr, the change in the plugin of Google Analytic for supporting GA4 is to modify the lines googleAnalytics/GoogleAnalyticsPlugin.inc.php at 8990b7768ebd02adc2c1fa4ba8c01c8b760d47dd · pkp/googleAnalytics · GitHub
for

			$googleAnalyticsCode = "
(function(i,s,o,g,r,q,a,m){i[q]=i[q]||[];i[r]=i[r]||function(){i[q].push(arguments)}; a=s.createElement(o),m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m)})(window,document,'script','https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtag/js?id=$googleAnalyticsSiteId','gtag','dataLayer');
  gtag('js', new Date());
  gtag('config', '$googleAnalyticsSiteId');
";

I tested it, and It works, also I improved the plugin by adding a way of selecting the GA version like the picture, but the code above is the solution for the GA4 feature.
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Thanks @yasielpv!

@mfelczak, were you interested in this or happy to stick with GA Universal for now?

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Google analytics plugins is not working and I found a simple way.it works pretty well.

Please find lib/pkp/templates/frontend/components/header.tpl and paste your script
Add your google script to the {literal} ranges

{literal}




{/literal}

If you do the same for yandex metrics, it works.

An alternative solution is using the “Custom Headers” plugin.

The benefit of this way is you don’t need to keep the track of changes in your template.

You will probably also like to check other analytics tools like Matomo or Plausible that are designed to be GDPR compliant.

Cheers,
m.

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Hi @marc
Thanks for your workarround to this issue.
I’m also having issues with the Google Analytics Plugin. The analytics script seems to be not suitable for GA4.

Can the “Custom Header Plugin” be applied to a multi-journal OJS instance?

Best,
Juan

Hi @jascanio, Custom Header can be applied to a multi-journal instance. I was able to get it working on ours.

Steve

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Hi @Stevel
Great. Thanks for your reply.
Regards,
Juan

Hello @Stevel ,

I am also looking for a solution to GA-4 support plugin. Can you please share with us the plugin (code) or how to upgrade the current Google Analytic plugin version 1 to work with a multi-journal instance and GA-4?

Thank you so much!

Dung.

Hi @dung , unfortunately I’m not familiar with the Google Analytic plugin, just the Custom Header plugin that was suggested as an alternative.

Steve

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