Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The African Journal of Nephrology 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.



Section Policies


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Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Scientific Reports and Guidelines

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Case Reports

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Images in Nephrology

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Congress Proceedings

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

French Abstracts

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Errata and Retractions

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Reviewer Acknowledgements

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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. 


Plagiarism and other Scientific Misconduct

Plagiarism is the use of another's work without acknowledgement. This ranges from major plagiarism of large amounts of text to minor plagiarism without dishonest intent (e.g. when an author uses parts of an introduction from an earlier paper) and even self-plagiarism (the reuse of one's own work without citing the original version). Manuscripts submitted to the journal will be scanned using anti-plagiarism software to verify originality. Other forms of scientific misconduct include duplicate publication, the falsification or fabrication of data, and undeclared conflicts of interest.

If any questions are raised about a manuscript undergoing review, the Editor-in-Chief may contact the author(s) and request a response. In most instances there is no deliberate intention to deceive and concerns are easily resolved.

Submissions containing plagiarism or evidence of other forms of scientific misconduct will not be considered for publication. Already-published manuscripts may be retracted. Misconduct will be reported to the institutions and funding agencies of the authors concerned.


Publication Fees

There are no submission fees or article-processing charges payable.


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) - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/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.


Corrections and Retractions

In the event that an error is discovered in a paper, the author(s) or the editorial team may publish a short correction. If a serious problem is discovered, AJN reserves the right to retract the paper. The editorial board may be consulted to provide input but the Editor-in-Chief has the right of final decision on the matter.



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Digital Preservation

African Journal of Nephrology. This journal is in the process of migrating from the Stellenbosch University preservation platform to the PKP PN (Preservation Network) platform.



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