Afrika Matematika is a journal created in 1978 by the African Mathematical Union (AMU) with, as initial aims, to provide an outlet for the mathematical research done in Africa. Till now Afrika Matematika has contributed positively to the promotion of African researchers’ careers in their assessment process by the CAMES (African and Maurician Council for Higher Education). Its publication started in 1978. The Editors-in- Chief of Afrika Matematika were successively Sékou Traoré, Congo Brazzaville (1978 – 1986), S.O. Iyahen, Nigeria, (1986 – 1991), Sangaré Daouda, Côte d’Ivoire (1991 – 2009) and Banasiak Jacek, South Africa (since 2009). Since 1993, the journal Afrika Matematika was regularly reviewed by the American Mathematical Society Mathematical Reviews and Zentralblatt für Matematik.

At the PACOM meeting in Yamoussoukro in 2009 a strategic decision was made to restructure the journal that, from 2011, has been published by Springer at no cost to the Union. The improved status of the journal is evidenced by the fact that it has been listed by Scopus since 2016 and by the Emerging Sources Citation Index of the Web of Knowledge since 2019.

The submission rate has been steadily growing since 2011 but it has dramatically increased in the last couple of years. While in 2011 the journal received 153 submissions, there were 382 submissions in 2017, 417 in 2018 and 407 in 2019; there have been close to 400 submissions this year so far. In 2016 -19 the submissions have been received from 84 countries with the highest contributors being India (118 in 2019), Iran (53 in 2019), Morocco (30 in 2019), Turkey (25 in 2019) and Algeria (22 in 2019). The size of the journal has grown from 2 issues with total of 96 pages in 2011 to 8 issues of 1274 pages, containing 89 articles in 2019.
The usage of the journal has greatly improved. In 2012 there were 2405 article downloads and this number has grown to 15705 in 2018 and 15142 in 2019; in 2020 from January to June, the journal had already 12603 downloads. More than 10 papers have been downloaded more than 100 times with top papers being downloaded 463, 353 and 305 times.

Title Author Article Type Volume Issue Year Article Requests 2017
Stochastic optimal control of McKean-Vlasov equations with anticipating law Nacira Agram Original Paper 30 05-juin 2019 463
Résonance d'onde acoustique générée dans le pneumatique par les oscillations du système roue-carrosserie Hypolithe Okou et al. Original Paper 30 05-juin 2019 353
Ricci soliton and geometrical structure in a perfect fluid spacetime with torse-forming vector field Venkatesha et al. Original Paper 30 05-juin 2019 138
Some fixed point theorems for SF-contraction in complete fuzzy metric spaces Surjeet Singh Chauhan et al. Original Paper 30 05-juin 2019 130
Existence and convergence theorems for Berinde nonexpansive multivalued mapping on Banach spaces Nuttawut Bunlue et al. Original Paper 30 05-juin 2019 129
Review of some iterative methods for solving nonlinear equations with multiple zeros N. A. A. Jamaludin et al. Original Paper 30 05-juin 2019 118
New approach to Backlund transformations for a curve and its pedal curve Muhammed T. Saraydn et al. Original Paper 30 05-juin 2019 116
The method for solving variational inequality problems with numerical results Sarawut Suwannaut et al. Original Paper 30 05-juin 2019 113
Uniqueness of differential polynomials of meromorphic functions and small function sharing Bipul Pal et al. Original Paper 30 05-juin 2019 109
Solving the Dirichlet problem for fully fourth order nonlinear differential equation Quang A Dang et al. Original Paper 30 05-juin 2019 103

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Submissions 2017 2018 2019 Jan-June 2020
Total Submitted 382 417 405 204
Total Decisioned 295 432 347 204
Accept 63 110 108 47
Reject 184 255 186 126
Withdrawn 42 67 53 31
Acceptance Rate 21% 25% 31% 23%
Rejection Rate 64% 59% 54% 62%
Withdrawn Rate 16% 15% 15%
Average Days to First Decision 363 407 362 318
Average Days to Final Disposition Accept 504 560 482 417
Average Days to Final Disposition Reject 322 370 332 285

The acceptance rate is low but in line with current peer-reviewed journals. It stems for the low quality of submissions. To decrease the number of weak submissions, the following guidelines for the authors have been adopted.

Afrika Mathematika publishes well written papers in pure and applied mathematics. Papers must contain original mathematical results in the areas of current interest worldwide, or present nontrivial applications of mathematical methods to real-life problems. Since Afrika Mathematika is a mathematical journal addressed to a broad mathematical community, each paper must contain an introduction containing a clear explanation of the motivation for the undertaken study or, in the case of more applied papers, a clear description and relevance of the real-life problem being analysed, and an up to date literature survey.
In particular, Afrika Matematika will not publish papers: