22 February 2018

Research Picks Weekly – 22 Feb 2018

Twitter for social dialogue

Twitter has become one of the most popular forms of social communication in just over a decade online. It is particularly important in the socio-political arena where opinions can be diverted by prominent users including public figures, celebrities, and politicians themselves. It provides an essentially live means by which the public can receive news and views and share their own. A new investigation by researchers in South Korea suggests that in contrast to conventional media, news outlets, and communications tools, users perceive Twitter as a place where conversation happens. Moreover, conversational activity is more strongly correlated with the degree to which a user is involved in civic engagement as opposed to being associated with liberal tendencies. This suggests that Twitter is recognised as a community space where social interactions take place. In other words, Twitter is not only a means of information diffusion but also a dialogical space in a social community.

Hwang, Y. (2018) ‘What does the Twitter mean for the traditional media users?’, Int. J. Mobile Communications, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp.190–208. DOI: 10.1504/IJMC.2018.089759


Mindfulness and creativity

Mindfulness is a psychological technique whereby one focuses on the present moment and the current experience rather than dwelling on the past or ruminating on the future. It perhaps has its roots in the philosophy of some religions, in particular Buddhism. It has become a useful and entirely secular tool with the aim of helping people improve their personal wellbeing and mental health. Of course, the philosophy of concentrating on the here and how, letting go of the past, and letting the future look after itself is common throughout human thinking. Nevertheless, researchers in Jordan have now looked at the role of mindfulness in strategic creativity within an organization. Their statistical analysis of employee survey results suggests that self-training and development mindfulness can boost a person’s creative energies and this will ultimately reflect positively on development within the organization itself.

Al-Zu’bi, H.A. (2018) ‘The role of mindfulness in strategic creativity: an empirical investigation’, Int. J. Business Innovation and Research, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp.269–276. DOI: 10.1504/IJBIR.2018.089748

Avoiding selfish peers

Peer-to-peer networks, commonly known as P2P networks, came to the fore through the concept of file sharing. This facilitated the illicit sharing of copyright materials. However, P2P networks have many legitimate functions such as allowing stakeholders in any kind of collaborative effort to share large amounts of information, hefty files, updates and other materials efficiently without the burden of serving those files being on a single central repository. However, as with any kind of sharing the optimal functioning of a P2P system relies on none of the peers being selfish in their behaviour. Researchers in China are now developing a swarm intelligence learning model that can adapt to incentive protocols in a P2P network to ensure individual peers remain equal across the system. Given that P2P networks are self-organising and self-sufficient, this should overcome selfish actions among peers, which would otherwise remain a major problem to the efficient functioning of the network.

Wang, Z. (2018) ‘A swarm intelligence learning model of adaptive incentive protocols for P2P networks’, Int. J. Communication Networks and Distributed Systems, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp.168–189. DOI: 10.1504/IJCNDS.2018.089770

The best mobile phone for the market

Researchers in Indonesia are looking at mobile phone characteristics that might allow the design of a device that could be presented to the local market optimally. Free trade is one of the major challenges facing any nation as the world continues to globalise. Ultimately, markets will simply follow the most prominent and well-advertised device in the realm of mobile phones, for instance. However, at the local level, certain features and design characteristics may not be best suited to the people the device is sold to and there may well be a better design that would suit a particular society and culture. One might imagine that in a vast and growing market present by a country such as Indonesia there is plenty of room for products to rival the big names from South Korea and the USA, for instance. Indeed, new research suggests that at the local level there is great dissatisfaction with available products and that there is a large niche market that could be opened for something designed specifically for customers in Indonesia. The same outlook might exist in other developing markets.

Siringoringo, H. and Thaeras, H.O. (2018) ‘Perceived quality of mobile cell phones: an initiative to develop local product’, Int. J. Business Innovation and Research, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp.320–339. DOI: 10.1504/IJBIR.2018.089751

20 February 2018

Inderscience is media partner for 48Volt power Supply And Electrification Forum 2018

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Inderscience is media partner for Digital Factory Forum 2018

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Inderscience is media partner for Wind Power Big Data and Internet of Things Forum 2018

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Winners of International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation's Best Paper Awards 2016/2017 available for free

The winners of the International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation's Best Paper Awards 2016/2017 are available here as sample articles:

Best Paper Awards 2016
  • 1st place and winner (8.00 Pts): Alessio Pierdicca, Francesco Clementi, Daniela Isidori, Enrico Concettoni, Cristina Cristalli, Stefano Lenci, Numerical model upgrading of a historical masonry palace monitored with a wireless sensor network, Vol. 1(1), pp. 74-98. DOI: 10.1504/IJMRI.2016.074748
  • 2nd place (7.75 Pts): Gábor Lengyel, Katalin Bagi, Horizontal reaction components of pointed vaults, Vol. 1(4), pp. 398-420. DOI: 10.1504/IJMRI.2016.10002047
  • 3rd place (7.50 Pts): Nebojša Mojsilovic, Amir Hosein Salmanpour, Masonry walls subjected to in-plane cyclic loading: application of digital image correlation for deformation field measurement, Vol. 1(2), pp. 165-187. DOI: 10.1504/IJMRI.2016.077473 
Best Paper Awards 2017
  • 1st place and winner (8.75 Pts): Ernest Bernat-Maso, Christian Escrig, Lluis Gil. Study of the compressive response of masonry using non-conventional joint materials, Vol. 2(1), pp. 83-103. DOI: 10.1504/IJMRI.2017.10003271
  • 2nd place (8.50 Pts): Maria Letizia Raffa, Frédéric Lebon, Raffaella Rizzoni, On modelling brick/mortar interface via a St. Venant-Kirchhoff orthotropic soft interface. Part II: in silico analysis, Vol. 2(4), pp. 259-273. DOI: 10.1504/IJMRI.2017.10008288
  • 3rd place (8.25 Pts): Michele Betti, Andrea Borghini, Alberto Ciavattone, Sonia Boschi, Emanuele Del Monte, Andrea Vignoli, Assessment of the seismic risk of the museum of Casa Vasari in Arezzo (Italy), Vol. 2(2/3), pp. 107-133. DOI: 10.1504/IJMRI.2017.10006804



19 February 2018

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Special issue published: "Wireless Network Technologies and Applications"

International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking 11(2) 2018
  • Checkpointing distributed application running on mobile ad hoc networks
  • Cluster-based routing protocol using traffic information
  • Detection and mitigation of pulse-delay attacks in pairwise-secured wireless sensor networks
  • PSCAR: a proactive-optimal-path selection with coordinator agents assisted routing for vehicular ad hoc networks
  • EAHKM+: energy-aware secure clustering scheme in wireless sensor networks
  • RPSE - reenactment of data using polynomial-variant cryptographic scheme in sensor environment
  • Compact UWB BPF with notch-band using SIR and DGS

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems

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  • Comprehensive path and attitude control of articulated vehicles for varying vehicle conditions
  • Optimisation and comparison of different powertrain layouts for parallel hybrid electric vehicles equipped with continuous transmission
  • Optimal torque distribution strategy for dual traction motors in a series hybrid electric intra-city bus
  • Second-law efficiency and performance of a diesel generator using marine fuel blended with aspire methyl ester

Inderscience is media partner for Asthma & COPD 2018

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15 February 2018

Research Picks Weekly – 15 Feb 2018

Smarter with a smartphone
Is the widespread adoption of smartphones that allow us to communicate, share multimedia and engage with other people, groups, and organisations improving our lives or compromising our mental health and wellbeing? A new study by researchers in Germany of college student smartphone use offers some new clues. Mobile broadband devices have created an unprecedented means of communication and those who promote the tools and apps that run on such devices suggest that they can do nothing but enhance the user’s social capital and psychological wellbeing. It seems that social capital among young students is boosted in several ways by smartphone use.
“Is smartphone creating a better life? Exploring the relationships of the smartphone practices, social capital and psychological well-being among college students” Hua Pang, Int J Adv Media Commun, 2017, 7, 205-224; http://doi.org/10.1504/IJAMC.2017.10010331

Is Big Brother watching?

In George Orwell’s novel “1984”, the state is always monitoring its citizens’ activities. With the rise of closed-circuit television (CCTV), internet tracking software, and our predilection for always being connected with smart devices, it is likely that surveillance sits somewhere close to that ubiquitous older sibling that is perpetually tallying our behaviour, good and bad. To quote from recent research from Spain: “The massive presence of cameras in the public space is not neutral in terms of rights and freedoms.” Are there adequate guarantees of citizens’ rights in the face of rapidly advancing technological development, such as face recognition. CCTV can track, process, and disseminate information, which when tied to mobile phone signals, accounts, Wi-Fi data and location services, including GPS, could significantly compromise our personal freedom and privacy. The common riposte that one should not worry if one has nothing to hide is a non-sequitur, we all have personal matters that are perfectly legitimate that we would not wish politicians, bank managers, shopkeepers, and all and sundry to know about. Legal systems have simply not kept pace with the technological change, it may be that privacy is being compromised on every street corner and at every turn.
“Video surveillance, public space and fundamental rights”, Asunción De La Iglesia Chamarro, Int J Human Rights Constitut Studies; https://doi.org/10.1504/IJHRCS.2017.10010784

Thingiverse

Thingiverse is a web-based repository of files for 3D printing a vast range of objects. Hobbyists, “makers” and DIY technologists use the database to find files to allow them to print the objects they need for their projects. A recent study has reviewed a random selection of the thousands of files using existing open source software. Analysis of the metadata for thousands of files reveals that the common sharing model is a creative commons – attribution – share alike licence. In other words, users of the files can legitimately use them as long as they credit the original creator of the file among other commitments, which makes it a very useful tool for amateurs and perhaps professional users alike.
“Thingiverse: review and analysis of available files”, Felix W. Baumann and Dieter Roller, Int J Rapid Manuf, 2018, 7, 83-89; https://doi.org/10.1504/IJRAPIDM.2018.10010829

Crowdsourcing business knowledge

Tacit knowledge externalisation (TKE) is a critical process in business decision-making, innovation, and problem-solving. Research from India suggests that an internal crowdsourcing workflow could be exploited because it would be generic and flexible structure to allow that knowledge to flow outwards. “The workflow comprises crowd creation, crowd opinion, crowd voting, crowd wisdom and crowd learning phases, which encompass knowledge elicitation, sharing and utilisation activities that occur during the externalisation process,” the team reports. Now, they have used the ASP.NET web application “TKApp” to demonstrate proof of principle with a start-up company. Also, because the core logic of the workflow they have developed is a SOAP-based web service it is now deployed publicly and so could be used by any enterprise in their TKE efforts, which then allows know-how that is not-communicable through everyday language to be shared to the benefit of the enterprise involved and its stakeholders.
“A web 2.0-based internal crowdsourcing solution for tacit knowledge externalisation in enterprises”, Shreyas Suresh Rao and Ashalatha Nayak, Int J Web Eng Technol, 2017, 12, 297-327; http://doi.org/10.1504/IJWET.2017.089690

14 February 2018

Inderscience is media partner for BioTech Pharma Summit 2018

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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances are now available here for free:
  • Transaction cost-based motives for multisourcing in information technology
  • The study of workplace spirituality and job outcomes in Indian information technology industry
  • A matter of survival: proposition of a framework to expand the quantity of partners in inter-organisational networks
  • Marriage versus strategic alliance: soft and hard dissatisfaction and failure factors
  • An integrated framework of joint venture success

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from 10th International Scientific Conference "New Challenges of Economic and Business Development: Productivity and Economic Growth"

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13 February 2018

Inderscience is media partner for Skin Microbiome Congress 2018

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Inderscience journals accepted by Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers

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Inderscience is media partner for Future Armoured Vehicle Weapon Systems 2018

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