The African Journal of Nephrology (AJN) is the official journal of the African Association of Nephrology (AFRAN) and publishes peer-reviewed papers relating to clinical or basic research in nephrology and hypertension, as well as nephrology education. The Journal considers submissions of original and review articles, case reports, technical reports, practice guidelines and images in nephrology.

Peer Review Process

The peer review process is handled via the OJS online editorial system. A double-blind approach is used, with authors not aware of the identity of reviewers. The Editor-in-Chief or an associate editor screens all submitted manuscripts and rejects unsuitable manuscripts at this point. Submissions without ethics approval and those which have not been formatted according to the author guidelines are most likely to be rejected immediately.

Articles selected for peer review are sent to 2-3 reviewers with the appropriate expertise. Reviewers are asked to complete the review within 3 weeks. The editor collates their reports and makes one of the following decisions: accepted (minor/no revisions), rejected, or revisions required.

We aim to provide initial feedback to authors within 6 weeks of submission. Revised manuscripts may be dealt with by the editor, or sent back to the reviewers. Members of the editorial board may be called upon to make additional recommendations. The Editor-in-Chief has the final decision on the acceptance or rejection of all manuscripts.

Publication Frequency

AJN publishes articles continuously as they are accepted, in a single issue each year. This ensures that your research is made available to the scientific community much earlier.

Open Access Policy

African Journal of Nephrology is an Open Access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

Copyright and Permissions

Copyright on articles published is owned by the author(s). All articles are published under the following Creative Commons license: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) –

This license facilitates free, immediate access and unrestricted reuse. Anyone may copy, distribute or reuse any article, as long as the authors and original source are properly cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers.

Authors are permitted to deposit all versions of their articles in an institutional or subject repository.


The African Journal of Nephrology is hosted by Stellenbosch University on the Open Journal Systems platform. Publication costs are funded, in part, by the South African Nephrology Society.

Journal History

The Journal was established in 1997, with Professor Maher Fouad Ramzy as the founding editor. Current editor, Professor Alain Assounga, has served since 2012 (volume 15). In 2016, the Journal was re-launched as a fully online, open access publication. Professor Razeen Davids supervised the Journal’s migration to the Open Journal Systems platform, hosted by Stellenbosch University. Previous issues have been uploaded back to 2009.

We require copies of the issues published between 1997 and 2008 so that they can be digitized and uploaded to make a complete record of all published AJN papers available. Please contact Razeen Davids at if you are able to assist.