History of CMAM


In the millennium year 2000, the Institute of Mathematics of the National Academy of Belarus reached a decision to start a new international scientific journal. Their main motivation was to strengthen international cooperation between East and West in the field of numerical analysis. A prominent figure in computational mathematics and mathematical physics, the Russian academician Alexander Samarskii, agreed to head the new project; and a little later, the Swedish numerical analyst Vidar Thomée also lent his support. Belarussian businessman Alex Yakoubenia was instrumental in funding the new project.

At that time it was very challenging to establish a new journal; but nevertheless the new scientific journal, named “Computational Methods in Applied Mathematics” (CMAM), began to appear in 2001. By the way, the title of the journal was suggested by Professor Pieter Hemker who later along with Professor Raytcho Lazarov had invested a lot of forces into the establishment and development of the journal. Samarskii and Thomée were able to help assembling a prestigious Editorial Board, consisting of well-known numerical analysts from all over the world, and CMAM established a high scientific standard under its Managing Editor, Professor Piotr Matus. The permanent executive secretary, Almas Sherbaf, also put a lot of efforts on the development of the journal. CMAM’s subject areas include initial and boundary value problems for ordinary and partial differential equations and integral equations from applied mathematics and mathematical physics. Theoretical contributions, numerical algorithms and computer simulations are all within the scope of the journal.

In 2011 Professor Carsten Carstensen became an Editor-in-Chief of the journal CMAM. Due to his energetic activities and high scientific reputation CMAM has now established itself as a reputable journal and been accepted by Thomson Reuters for inclusion in the Web of Science database, starting with volume 15. Nowadays CMAM has become a high-quality journal with a short reviewing time and almost no space restrictions. has the following journal-level metrics:
IMPACT FACTOR 2016: 1.097
CiteScore 2016: 1.09
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2016: 0.872
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2016: 0.887
Mathematical Citation Quotient (MCQ) 2016: 0.75
CMAM is ranked 94 out of 255 in applied mathematics.

In 2003 the CMAM Editorial Board decided to hold biennial international conferences entitled “Computational Methods in Applied Mathematics” under the aegis of the journal. The scope of these conferences coincides with the scope of the journal described above. Another goal of these CMAM forums is to establish new contacts and to improve existing ones between numerical analysts from West and East. This cooperation between west and east will be evidence of the increasing popularity of the CMAM conferences, which have to become leading international forums for numerical analysis. The Editors also regard CMAM conferences as a possibility for the editorial board members to meet and to discuss current journal problems.

The previous meetings were held in Minsk (2003); Trakai, Lithuania (2005); Minsk (2007); Bedlewo, Poland (2010); Berlin (2012); Strobl, Austria (2014); Jyväskylä, Finland (2016). At the CMAM-3 conference in Minsk, Professor Vidar Thomee was named Honorary Editor of CMAM in recognition of his strong influence and committed involvement and his pioneering efforts in starting the journal. The CMAM-8 conference will be organized jointly by the Institute of Mathematics of NASB, Minsk and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and will take place in Minsk.

The current structure of the CMAM Editorial Board is as follows: an Editor-in-Chief (Professor Carsten Carstensen), four Senior Editors, Ivan Gavrilyuk, Ulrich Langer, Piotr Matus, and Petr Vabishchevich, with Matus as the Managing Editor and Almas Sherbaf as the Executive secretary. In addition the editorial board contains 20 Associate Editors.

CMAM is a De Gruyter journal. Older papers can be downloaded online and new issues of the journal are distributed by De Gruyter; see http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cmam.