17 August 2017

Call for papers: "Decision Support Approaches in Finance and Insurance"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Financial Engineering and Risk Management.

This special issue seeks to present the contributions of decision support methodologies in the fields of finance and insurance. Such methodologies originate from areas such as operations research, management science, and machine learning, providing the required analytical tools for strategic and operational decision-making at all levels of financial and insurance institutions. The special issue is particularly interested in approaches that adopt a multidimensional perspective that takes into consideration the multi-faceted nature of the financial and insurance environment. Submissions presenting new methodological developments, empirical results, computational analyses, and cases studies are welcome.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at of the 7th International Conference on Multidimensional Finance, Insurance and Investment (ICMFII'2018) but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Algorithmic trading
  • Bank performance and efficiency
  • Behavioural decision models
  • Capital budgeting and financial planning
  • Decision support models in portfolio management
  • Financial decision-making under uncertainty and fuzziness
  • Fund management and performance appraisal
  • Intelligent financial decision support systems
  • Multiple-objective and multicriteria models in finance and insurance
  • Social responsible investments
  • Real options

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 31 July, 2018
Notification to authors: 15 October, 2018
Final versions due by: 31 December, 2018

16 August 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Sustainable Society

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Sustainable Society are now available here for free:
  • Peripheral land conversion for land and housing development projects and its impacts upon the affected people: a study in Greater Dhaka
  • Sustainable livelihood approach towards enhanced management of rural resources
  • Valuing environmental management practices through contingent valuation. A review of recent applications
  • Predicting behaviours related to marine litter prevention: an empirical case based on junior high school students in Italy

15 August 2017

Special issue published: "Advanced Methodologies and Challenges in Multimedia Data and Services in The Internet Of Things"

International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions 7(1) 2017
  • TolkArt: an IoT platform to create intelligent art exhibition of talking objects
  • IoT application for the estimation of option price 
  • A survey on the digital enhancement of the archaeological sites on Google and a multimedia pilot project in the Agrigento Valley of the Temples in Sicily (Italy)
  • Data mining techniques for vestibular data classification
  • Mapping the reliability of the additive log-ratio transformation

Research Picks Extra – August 2017

Birth rights

In many places, people conceived with artificial reproductive technology have a right to know their origins in terms of genetic and biological parents. In instances where someone other than a person who will take care of the child has been involved either as a surrogate mother for the gestation or in providing genetic material, then there are issues not only of biology, genetics but biography to consider too. Ludovica Poli of the Department of Law, at the University of Turin, Italy, explores the legal foundations of the right to genetic and biographic origins under international law and envisages possible principles to be applied in balancing it with other competing interests.

Poli, L. (2017) ‘Artificial reproductive technologies and the right to the truth about genetic and biographic origins’, Int. J. Technology Policy and Law, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.56–67.

Aircraft emissions

Air pollution in and around airports is a critical issue. But, determining the effects on the local environment and the people live and work there is a complex problem in which meteorology plays a confounding role in any attempt to model the situation with a view to reducing detrimental effects on the environment. Oleksandr Zaporozhets and Kateryna Synylo of the Institute of Environmental Safety, at the National Aviation University, in Kyiv, Ukraine, have reviewed the way in which aircraft emissions and pollutions are analysed and suggest that the most apposite models take into account fuel flow rates, operational periods of engines, the age of the engines and their maintenance as well as ambient temperatures.

Zaporozhets, O. and Synylo, K. (2017) ‘Operational conditions influence on aircraft engine emission and pollution inside the airport’, Int. J. Sustainable Aviation, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.1–17.

Tourist crime

Rob Mawby of the Rural Security Research Group, at Harper Adams University, in Newport, UK, suggests that it has long been recognised that tourism generates crime. There is considerable evidence, he says, that many tourist resorts suffer higher than average crime rates and that tourists are disproportionately victimised. Moreover, some touristsare themselves the criminals, especially when it comes to public disorder problems. Tourism is thus a double-edged sword for any town or city: it brings money and other benefits but it boosts crime. However, research data is not available to give policymakers are clear perspective of the pros and cons and he offers a way to remedy this problem. “Only by collecting data in a more rigorous and systematic way can appropriate policies be developed and successfully applied, with the aim of reducing crime and disorder in tourist destinations and crime against tourists. This, in turn, will benefit visitors, local residents and the tourist industry,” he concludes.

Mawby, R.I. (2017) ‘Crime and tourism: what the available statistics do or do not tell us’, Int. J. Tourism Policy, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp.81–92.

Childhood sound perception

A novel musical toy described by scientists in Italy could be used to study sound perception and auditory preferences in young children. The mechanical-electronic device generates sounds depending on how a child plays with the toy and at the same time measures and assesses through sensors and software, exactly how they are responding to those sounds. The device might help musicologists investigate childhood perception of music, but equally could be used in language development studies.

Taffoni, F., Di Perna, L., Formica, D., Focaroli, V., Keller, F. and Di Stefano, N. (2017) ‘A sensor-based approach to study sound perception in children’, Int. J. Computer Applications in Technology, Vol. 55, No. 3, pp.173–182.

14 August 2017

Call for papers: "Developments in Tribology of Composite Materials"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering.

In recent times, the use of composite materials has increased in several areas of science, technology and engineering due to their special properties, namely for their application in biomedical, aircraft, automotive, defence and aerospace, as well as other advanced industries. Tribology is defined as “the science and technology of interacting surfaces in relative motion” and embraces the study of friction, wear and lubrication. This special issue invites the submission of high quality research articles related to friction and wear of polymeric matrix composites (PMCs); metal matrix composites (MMCs); ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), hybrid composites, nanocomposites, biomedical composites, etc.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Nanocomposites
  • Biocomposites
  • Hybrid composites
  • Natural fibre polymer composites
  • Peek and other thermoplastics composites
  • Thermosetting composites
  • Si3N4 composites
  • Superhard composites
  • Alumina composites
  • Aluminium matrix composites
 
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 31 December, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 31 May, 2018


11 August 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions are now available here for free:
  • Finding forensic evidence for several web attacks
  • A secure and efficient user authentication scheme for the web
  • Implementing the information access assistant service for an evaluation
  • An experimental setup for practical differential electromagnetic and power analysis of AES cryptosystem
  • Secure software engineering requirements in cloud environment by using anticipating learning classifier system

Copyleft, right, left, right…

Copyright is contentious…to say the least. It is at the centre of much debate in academia, in society, and certainly between corporate entities and consumers. Companies’ share price and profits often hinge on the protection of their intellectual property and copyrighted materials whether movies, TV shows, music, photographs, articles and much more. In the age of the Internet, of course, there are few barriers to individuals and organizations breaking copyright law, and in some countries copyright laws are permissive.

From fair use to creative commons to copyright theft and digital downloads, opinions diverge widely. Some see the notion that “sharing is caring” as vital to creativity and even democracy and copyright as nothing but an evil whereas others see all breaches of copyright law as morally, legally and commercially wrong.

Writing in the International Journal of Technology Policy and Law, Julian Hauser of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, UK, puts forward a moral argument for limiting copyright protection. He argues that today’s expansive copyright laws not only hurt consumers and stifle creativity, but do little to protect content creators and authors.

Hauser puts forward a pared-down version of copyright that he defends as consisting of the right to attribution, the right to have one’s non-endorsement of modifications or uses of one’s work explicitly noted, and the right to a fair share of the profit resulting from the commercial uses of one’s work.

“The significance of copyright can hardly be understated as it shapes one of the defining aspects of our humanity: our culture,” Hauser asserts. “Given these stakes, I have no doubt that copyright will remain a domain of heated debates for many years to come. We need more than that however – we need honest efforts at mutual understanding and constructive criticism.”

Copyright has its roots in laws written three hundred years ago. Maybe it is time for a reboot.

Hauser, J. (2017) ‘Sharing is caring vs. stealing is wrong: a moral argument for limiting copyright protection‘, Int. J. Technology Policy and Law, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.68-85.

10 August 2017

Call for papers: "Advances in Materials Forming"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Machining and Machinability of Materials.

Currently, materials forming include a large group of manufacturing processes in which plastic deformation is used. Materials forming present numerous advantages in the manufacturing of components, from a wide range of materials. This special issue focused in metal forming invites the submission of high quality research articles related to theory, practice and applications.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Rolling
  • Forging
  • Extrusion
  • Drawing
  • Shearing, blanking and punching
  • Bending
  • Deep drawing
  • Microforming
  • Hydroforming
  • Explosive forming
  • Electromagnetic forming
  • Spinning
  • Powder forming
  • Incremental forming
  • Machining deformation


Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 31 December, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 31 May, 2018

Call for papers: "Progress in Machining for Industry 4.0"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Machining and Machinability of Materials.

The word "Industry 4.0" was created from a high-tech project to encourage of the computerisation in manufacturing. Industry 4.0 aims to establish "smart manufacturing" with “modular structures, cyber-physical systems that monitor physical processes, create virtual copies of the physical world, and make decentralized decisions”. This special issue focused on machining for Industry 4.0 invites the submission of high quality research articles related to theory, practice and applications.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Intelligent machining
  • Computational intelligence techniques
  • Multiobjective optimisation
  • Modelling and simulation
  • e-manufacturing
  • Cloud-based machining systems
  • Environmentally friendly machining
  • Quality control and machining
  • Machining with robots
  • Computer vision and machining
 
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 31 December, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 31 May, 2018


Second-hand opinions

Tracking the Twitter updates of a random sample of 300,000 active users over the course of a month reveals that this particular corner of social media and social networking is not quite as equitable and democratic as popular perception might have us believe. Indeed, the research published in the International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising reveals that there is a two-step flow of information through which a minority of users accounts for the majority of influence. Opinion leaders follow other opinion leaders and effectively form a community of influencers within the wider user base and the information they disseminate then follows a power-law distribution as everyday users share, retweet and reuse that information.

Harsha Gangadharbatla of the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design, College of Media, Communication and Information, at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, and Masoud Valafar a software engineer at Twitter, in San Francisco, California, USA, explain that there are numerous theories about how information is disseminated and how “word-of-mouth” works to influence popular opinion and consumer decision making. There have also been many studies into how the media and social media influencing individuals and groups.

One such theory is known as two-step flow theory. This says that most people form an opinion about a given subject when they are exposed to the views of opinion leaders. Those opinion leaders themselves are influenced by the mass media. This is in contrast to the one-step flow theory, colloquially known as the hypodermic needle, or magic bullet theory, in which people are directly influenced by mass media. Obviously, people are constantly exposed to the mass media at the individual level whether that is television, radio, newspapers or the web. But, the researchers suggest that opinions are actually more likely to be formed second hand in a two-step process. This is especially true of opinions shared on social media but might also apply to the influencers in traditional media – TV pundits, newspaper and magazine columnists, and the like.

It has been claimed that with the wave of new media in the form of Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, and other so-called Web 2.0 sites democratization of information and influence occurred. Gangadharbatla and Valafar suggest that this may not be the case, at least in the Twitter context. Social media is changing radically the way users and consumers receive information, news, opinion, but as with the old vanguard, there still exists the big influencers. These people or organizations, which might include information hubs and news outlets, pressure groups, and even celebrities, act as the primary source of information and opinion.

“Our study suggests that the way information propagates on social media is not all that different from that of traditional media. In other words, even on supposedly democratic and gatekeeper-less environments like Twitter and Instagram, information propagates mostly through opinion leaders, and, more so, these opinion leaders are all connected to other opinion leaders on the medium resulting in a virtual community of opinion leaders that yield a strong influence on how and how fast information spreads on social media,” the team reports. In the business context, the team adds that their, “results suggest that targeting this virtual community of opinion leaders will be a more effective use of advertising dollars than reaching the masses on Twitter.”

Gangadharbatla, H. and Valafar, M. (2017) ‘Propagation of user-generated content online’, Int. J. Internet Marketing and Advertising, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp.218–232.

9 August 2017

Special issue published: "Advancements in Interactive Marketing and The Internet Of Things"

International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing 8(2) 2017
  • Impact of social relationships on electronic word of mouth in social networking sites: a study of Indian social network users
  • Applying data mining method for marketing purpose in social networks: case of Tebyan
  • The determinants of website purchases: the role of e-customer loyalty and word-of-mouth 
  • Bragging about online purchases: comparing consumer word-of-mouth among Hispanics and non-Hispanics groups
  • Consumer research, retailers and robots

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from 2017 International Conference on Intelligent Computing, Communication & Devices

Extended versions of papers presented at the 2017 International Conference on Intelligent Computing, Communication & Devices will be published by the following journals:

Special issue published: "Leveraging Technological Change: The Role of Business Models and Ecosystems" (includes free open access article)

International Journal of Technology Management 75(1/2/3/4) 2017
  • Technological innovation mediated by business model innovation: app developers moving into health
  • Experimentations in emerging innovation ecosystems: specificities and roles. The case of the hydrogen energy fuel cell
  • Microwork platforms as enablers to new ecosystems and business models: the challenge of managing difficult tasks
  • Creating and capturing value in a regional innovation ecosystem: a study of how manufacturing SMEs develop collaborative solutions
  • Using patents to orchestrate ecosystem stability: the case of a French aerospace company
  • Whatever happened to the 'great escape'? Lessons from the rise and decline of the pinball ecosystem
  • A new perspective on the innovator's dilemma - exploring the role of entrepreneurial incentives
  • Business ecosystems and new venture business models: an exploratory study of participation in the Lead To Win job-creation engine [free open access article]
  • Business models in emerging industries: some lessons from the 'Better Place' electric-car debacle
  • Exploratory research on the mechanism of latecomer advantages in the Asian LCD industry

8 August 2017

Special issue published: "The Growth of Academic Spin-Offs"

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 21(4/5) 2017
  • Determinants of the intention to create a spin-off in Spanish universities
  • Drivers of growth: the case of French academic spin-off
  • Gazelles versus Mice: understanding their characteristics and the specifics of growth as a performance measure for research-based spin-offs
  • Exploring differences in university support practices and the effects on spin-off companies in Boston
  • The (needed?) market orientation of academic spin-off firms
  • Drivers of eco-innovation: empirical evidence from Slovenia
  • Diffusion of cleaner production innovation in clay-fired brick sector - case study of Varanasi brick cluster in Eastern India

7 August 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Design Engineering

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Design Engineering are now available here for free:
  • Capture, digitisation and segmentation of human-workpiece interactions in a manual assembly operation using Kinect™
  • A framework of design thinking: illustrated by an empirical case of prototype innovation
  • Effect of surface decarburisation, scragging stress and individual leaf camber on fatigue life of 65Si7 leaf springs
  • Characteristics of a purpose-built next-generation Hong Kong taxi

Call for papers: "Randomised Heuristics for Communication Networks"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Metaheuristics.

The goal is to achieve a major understanding in hard combinatorial problems in Communication Networks. Potential contributions should clearly state the problem, main challenges and methodology. The authors should emphasise the effect of randomisation in their analysis. Greedy randomised heuristics, population-based heuristics, nature-inspired solutions, random algorithms and approximation algorithms are especially welcome.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Fibre optics communication
  • Wireless systems
  • Traffic engineering
  • Topological network design
  • Communication protocols
  • Resilience in software-defined networking
  • Network reliability
  • Performance evaluation of resilient networks
  • Robust network design for hostile environments
  • Cooperative systems
  • Content delivery networks
 
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 30 November, 2017
Notification to authors: 15 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 1 May, 2018

5 August 2017

Thematic issue published: "Knowledge Management Practices and Cross-Cultural Innovation Within Global Contexts"

European Journal of International Management 11(4) 2017
  • Tool-supported continuous business process innovation: a case study in globally distributed software teams
  • KMS self-efficacy, KMS quality, expected reward and subjective norm: investigating knowledge sharing attitude of Malaysia's Halal industry
  • A cross-cultural perspective of voluntary disclosure: Italian listed firms in the stakeholder global context
  • Open innovation in multinational companies' subsidiaries: the role of internal and external knowledge
  • Entrepreneurial settings within global family firms: research perspectives from cross-cultural knowledge management studies
Regularly submitted paper
  • Divinity rules: towards a revised typology of multinational corporate parenting styles

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Advanced Operations Management

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Advanced Operations Management are now available here for free:
  • Robust retail supply chains - the driving practices
  • Identification of influential quality management variables using ISM approach
  • Coordinating a supply chain system for production, pricing and service strategies with disruptions
  • Meta-heuristic approaches for flowshop scheduling problems: a review

4 August 2017

International Journal of Hybrid Intelligence to publish expanded papers from 2017 Third IEEE International Conference on Research in Computational Intelligence and Communication Networks

Extended versions of papers presented at the 2017 Third IEEE International Conference on Research in Computational Intelligence and Communication Networks (3-5 November 2017, Kolkata, India) will be published by the International Journal of Hybrid Intelligence.

Call for papers: "Advanced Manufacturing Technologies in the Industry 4.0"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Materials and Structural Integrity.

Currently many trends such as the internet of things (IoT), digital manufacturing and cyber-physical systems are considered as key elements of the definition and implementation of Industry 4.0. Manufacturing is a primordial factor in the world’s economy and has been experiencing a revitalisation in many countries (even the developing countries) in the last decade.
 
The aim of this special issue is to bring together the leading researchers of advanced manufacturing technology in the industry 4.0 and covers all aspects of advanced manufacturing including mechanical manufacturing, metallurgy and the material science, etc.
 
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Computational Materials Science and Thermodynamic Systems (CCMST 2018), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Global Manufacturing and Systems
  • Virtual design and manufacturing technology
  • Advanced manufacturing processes
  • Experiments about structural systems or materials
  • Sustainable and green manufacturing
  • Application of evolutionary computing techniques in manufacturing operations
  • Materials joining
  • material properties, metals, alloys, composites
  • Advanced Materials (Nanotechnology)
  • Micromanufacturing
  • Electronic components; service life; thermal conductivity
 
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 30 March, 2018
Notification to authors: 30 May, 2018
Final versions due by: 30 June, 2018

Special issue published: "Research on Innovation and Business Ecosystems"

International Journal of Business and Systems Research 11(3) 2017
  • 228 Taking stock of empirical research on business ecosystems: a literature review
  • Mediator's role in an innovation ecosystem
  • Strategic guidance in 'leading-edge' clusters for sustainable business success in future markets 
  • Barriers of non-technological innovation - explorative case study insight from European firms
Additional papers
  • Business model for digital economy era: a framework based on the Churchman's theory of design integrity
  • Assessment and quantification of leanness in manufacturing systems - an investigative study
  • A system dynamics simulation model of a blast furnace for project evaluation

3 August 2017

Inderscience is media partner for 11th Border Security Event 2018

Inderscience is a media partner for the 11th Border Security Event (21-22 February 2018, Rome, Italy).

The journals involved are:



Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Public Law and Policy

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Public Law and Policy are now available here for free:
  • Trade liberalisation and its impact on food security in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The changing paradigm on governance: the case of Indonesia
  • The future of e-money laundering in the Republic of Macedonia
  • Rethinking the alternative remedy rule in Nigeria
  • Sustainable development and international trade under WTO regime
  • New regional economic partnerships under negotiation

Special issue published: "Youth and Entrepreneurship Education"

Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development 10(3) 2017
  • Young adults and sustainable entrepreneurship: the role of culture and demographic factors
  • Investigating entrepreneurial intentions and behaviours of Saudi distance business learners: main antecedents and mediators
  • Teaching practice across disciplines: marketing and entrepreneurship for youths
  • Adapting the measurement of youth entrepreneurship potential in a marginalised context: the case of Mindanao, Philippines
  • Company visits as an opportunity for entrepreneurial learning
  • Entrepreneurial intentions of information technology students: the theory of planned behaviour, the role of gender and education

Call for papers: "Security of Mobile and Embedded Corporate Infrastructures in the BYOD Era"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Embedded Systems.

Modern mobile platforms deal with data and applications provided by multiple stakeholders (e.g., front-end applications for remote subscriber services, on-board credentials, locally stored data and contents), besides user’s personal information and resources. Applications, their assigned resources and data (workloads) are thought to be isolated from each other, though occasionally are requested to share some information both communicating directly and through common standalone services provided by the device OS. However, ensuring an adequate level of workloads isolation while allowing flexible data sharing and application interoperability is probably one of hardest challenges to the design of mobile platforms architectures and operating systems.
 
This is particularly true in those architectures supporting the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) paradigm within enterprise applications, where applications and data belonging to the device owner (the employee), third party service providers and the owner’s employer, must coexist. Such a coexistence raises serious security threads but, at the same time, offers plenty of opportunities to take advantage of application interoperability.
 
This special issue is dedicated to such a twofold challenge raised by BYOD-enabling architectures.
 
On one hand, the aim is to bring together new ideas in the design of mobile platforms able to ensure the security and trustworthiness of applications during their whole lifecycle (including deployment and updates), and featuring secure and flexible communication and interoperability among applications.
 
On the other hand, the ambition of this initiative is to gain a comprehensive vision of the current proposals concerning the definition and enforcement of access control mechanisms within mobile devices, paying particular attention to policies driven on inherently “mobile” factors such as geo-location, time and environmental events.
 
Particular interest is devoted to the security aspects of integration of mobile operators’ devices with corporate’s mission critical assets for the sake of control, diagnostics and maintenance. Enabling operators to connect their own devices to corporate’s industrial equipment (e.g., production machinery, controllers, sensors and embedded systems at large) might pose serious threats to the confidentiality and reliability of the industrial processes.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Security of applications distribution, deployment and updates
  • Trusted Execution Environments
  • Security architectures for embedded and mobile systems
  • Enterprise Rights Management (ERM) infrastructures
  • Securing BYOD-enabling infrastructures: models and study cases
  • Security of cloud-based and mobile storage facilities
  • Hardware security of mobile and embedded devices
  • Privacy-aware access control
  • Temporal, Geographical and event-driven access control
  • Secure application interoperation in multi-domain environments
  • Internet of Things and M2M security
  • Prevention and detection of mobile malware
  • Enhanced user authentication mechanisms and protocols
 
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 20 September, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 November, 2017
Final versions due by: 28 February, 2018

2 August 2017

Special issue published: "Big Data Analytics, Infrastructure and Applications"

International Journal of Big Data Intelligence 4(3) 2017
  • Hybrid approach-based support vector machine for electric load forecasting incorporating feature selection
  • Throughput enhancement of a novel hybrid-MAC protocol for M2M networks
  • CityPro: city-surveillance collaborative platform
  • NoSQL databases for big data
Additional papers
  • Improving execution speed of incremental runs of MapReduce using provenance
  • Large-scale spectral clustering for managing big data in healthcare operations
  • Research on encryption strategy in large data environment based on proxy re-encryption

International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management to publish expanded papers from International Conference on Emerging Trends in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (ICETMIE-2017)

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Emerging Trends in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (13-14 October 2017, Gurugram, India) will be published by the International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management.

Call for papers: "Multimedia Information Security Solutions on Social Networks"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Information and Computer Security.

Social networks have become places where, on a daily basis, many people exchange and share personal information in the form of multimedia over unsecured channels. Information and communication technology (ICT) has proved to be an indispensable and cost-effective technique for the dissemination of such multimedia documents.
 
However, prevention of copyright violation, authenticity, confidentiality and ownership identity theft have all become potential issues due to malicious attacks and the hacking of information transmitted via these networks. Everyday risks include criminal offences ranging from ownership identity theft to copyright violation, and also personal information or medical history exposure. To tackle these threats, researchers are developing advanced techniques to analyse, prevent and detect these potential issues.
 
The objective of this special issue is present high-quality research and survey articles that promote research and reflect the most recent advances in addressing the security and privacy issues of multimedia information on networks as well as other emerging environments and applications.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Information security
  • Multimedia information propagation via social networks
  • Access control and identity management
  • Security and privacy of multimedia information
  • Forensics in social networks
  • Phishing problems in social networks
  • Secure social-network application development and methodologies
  • Cryptographic protocols against attacks
  • Security architectures/protocols for cloud computing
  • Recognition, identification and classification
  • Mobile social network security
  • Multimedia information retrieval and feature extraction
  • Big data forensics
  • Computational multimedia processing
  • Multimedia big data
  • Multimedia indexing and annotation
  • Multimedia retrieval
  • Pattern recognition
 
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 30 November, 2017
Notification to authors: 28 February, 2018
Revised paper submission: 30 April, 2018
Final decision due by: 30 June, 2018

Special issue published: "New Trends of Simulation and Process Modelling in Multiple Domains: From Business and Production to Healthcare, Defence and Environmental Sustainability"

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling 12(3/4) 2017
  • Supply chains efficiency increasing based on the modelling of logistics operations
  • TRIP-based transport travel demand model for intelligent transport system measure evaluation based on micro simulation
  • Hybridisation effect on operating costs and optimal sizing of components for hybrid electric vehicles
  • Linear stability analysis for severe slugging: sensitivity to void fraction and friction pressure drop correlations
  • Experimental development and bond graph dynamic modelling of a brazed plate heat exchanger
  • Game-theoretic methods for locating camera towers and scheduling surveillance
  • A conversive hidden non-Markovian model based structure for discriminating spatio-temporal movement trajectories
  • Factors affecting the human error: representations of mental models for emergency management
  • Motivation and research in architectural intelligent tutoring
  • DEv-PROMELA: an extension of PROMELA for the modelling, simulation and verification of discrete-event systems
Additional papers
  • Accurate and rapid modelling of AFM tip morphology through scanning sphere nanoparticles
  • Taxi carpooling model and carpooling effects simulation
  • Establishment of cure kinetic model and study on reaction mechanism of resin-based thermal insulation coatings
  • Real-time multimodal transport path planning based on a pulse neural network model
  • Implementation of XFEM in the study of gear crack propagation behaviour using the SIF on different moments
  • Simulation modelling and analysis of a production line
  • Modelling and simulation on temperature and humidity decoupling of indoor environment

1 August 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Formulation & Drug Delivery USA Congress 2018

Inderscience is a media partner for Formulation & Drug Delivery USA Congress (12-13 March 2018, San Diego, USA).

The journals involved are:
More information on this event is available here.


Special issue published: "Virtual Networking, Cloud and Wireless Systems"

International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations 17(2/3) 2017
  • Geocacher's co-creation to sharing their own playful treasure hunt video experiences around the world
  • An intelligent network algorithm for enhanced security in a mobile ad hoc network
  • FPGA realisation-based architecture for direction-of-arrival in wireless communication
  • Hybrid algorithm based on genetic algorithm and PSO for task scheduling in cloud computing environment
  • A cluster-based network architecture scheme for QoS improvement in WLAN
  • Optimisation of energy efficient cellular learning automata algorithm for heterogeneous wireless sensor networks
  • The determinants of e-government cloud adoption: multi-case analysis of China
  • HCDA: hybrid collision aware data aggregation in wireless sensor networks
  • Energy-aware and stable cluster-based multipath routing protocol for wireless ad hoc networks
  • A novel high-dimensional data dimension reduction algorithm based on ameliorated supportive vector machine
  • Trust prediction model for certificate exchange and revocation in MANET
  • Strategic IT investment in B2B e-commerce platform on user loyalty: considering variable investment cost

Call for papers: "Advances and Applications of Computational Intelligence"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics.

Computational intelligence (CI) usually refers to the ability of a computer to learn a specific task from data or experimental observation. The principal constituents of Computational Intelligence (CI) are Fuzzy Logic (FL), Evolutionary Computation (EC), Machine Learning (ML) and Probabilistic Reasoning (PR), etc.
 
The development of Computational Intelligence (CI) systems was inspired by observable and imitable aspects of intelligent activity of human being and nature. The essence of the systems based on computational intelligence is to process and interpret data of various nature so that that CI is strictly connected with the increase of available data as well as capabilities of their processing, mutually supportive factors. Without them, the development of this field would be almost impossible, and its application practically marginal. That is why these techniques have especially developed in recent years. Developed theories of computational intelligence have been quickly applied in many fields of engineering, data analysis, forecasting, biomedicine and others. They are used in images and sounds processing and identifying, signals processing, multidimensional data visualisation, steering of objects, analysis of lexicographic data, requesting systems in banking, diagnostic systems, expert systems and many other practical implementations.
 
This special issue aims at presenting the latest developments, trends, research solutions and applications of computational intelligence to modelling and engineering problems with effective use of fuzzy logic control, neural networks and biology inspired optimisation techniques, etc.
 
We invite researchers to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to improve the current state of art on the aforementioned fields.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Ant colony optimisation (ACO)
  • Bayesian network
  • Bee colony optimisation (BCO)
  • Cellular neural network (CNN)
  • Chaos theory
  • Computational intelligence (CI)
  • Evolutionary computing
  • Fuzzy logic control (FLC)
  • Genetic algorithms (GA)
  • Intelligent control
  • Machine learning
  • Meta-heuristic and swarm intelligence
  • Nature-inspired optimisation methods
  • Particle swarm optimisation (PSO)
  • Support vector machines
 
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 30 September, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 November, 2017
Final versions due by: 30 January, 2018

Research Picks – August 2017

Clearing the way
Wax deposited in well bores and pipelines is a major problem for the oil industry, resulting in waste material, blockages and overall loss of production. A team in India has now developed a novel solvent system that can quickly dissolve such wax deposits and get the oil moving freely again. Their final formulation was based on tests with 12 different solvents and three commercial dispersants. The optimal mixture could dissolve wax to between 72 and 83% of initial mass within three to six hours at ambient temperature, the team reports. This implies enormous potential for recovering solidified wax and opening up pipelines.
Banerjee, S., Kumar, S., Mandal, A. and Naiya, T.K. (2017) ‘Design of novel chemical solvent for treatment of waxy crude‘, Int. J. Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp.363-379.

Securing the IoT
The internet of things (IoT) is a far more complicated technological beast than the internet itself as it carries within it so many disparate devices, sensors and other technology that are not usually considered to exist within the world of computers. Environmental monitors, remote-controlled thermostats and windows, connected household goods such as refrigerators and washing machines and a whole range of industrial devices are but a fraction of the total IoT. As such there are many vulnerabilities in such an electronic ecosystem where malicious software might intrude and thence break through into other more critical systems higher up the system and compromise data and infrastructure. Researchers in China have now proposed a new trusted architecture that might preclude entry by many forms of malware attack and so make the IoT more secure at the fundamental level.
Cong, P., Ning, Z., Xue, F., Liu, H., Xu, K. and Li, H. (2017) ‘Trusted connection architecture of Internet of Things oriented to perception layer‘, Int. J. Wireless and Mobile Computing, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp.224-231.

Bioremediation of nitrate

The presence of nitrate in waste water and water resources is one of the most pressing pollution problems of the modern era. Much of the polluting nitrate is from agricultural fertilisers and can lead to toxic algal blooms as well as contaminating drinking water. Various techniques are available for removing nitrate from water including ion exchange, biological denitrification, chemical denitrification, catalytic denitrification, reverse osmosis and electrodialysis. Now, a team in India have demonstrated that bioremediation using a fluidised bed biofilm reactor (FBBR) could be the most effective method of denitrification and the technology should be adopted where severe nitrate ingress into waterways and aquifers is a significant problem because of intensive agricultural practices.
Burghate, S. and Ingole, N. (2017) ‘Bio-removal of nitrate from wastewater by FBBR‘, Int. J. Environment and Waste Management, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp.281-296.

Management agency and ventriloquism
Without communication there is no organization. However, our lives, both personal and in business are guided and nudged by dominant narratives that we do not necessarily see. Researchers in Denmark writing in the European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management hope to remedy that situation and render the invisible visible and to reveal the counter-narratives that exist in society.
Lundholt, M.W. (2017) ‘Fabric of counter-narratives: agency and ventriloquism‘, European J. CrossCultural Competence and Management, Vol. 4, Nos. 3/4, pp.316-325.

31 July 2017

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  • Validation of a measure of social entrepreneurship
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Anonymity, scoundrels, and free speech

Christoph Bezemek of the Institute of Public Law and Political Science, at the University of Graz, Austria, tells a tale of his school history teacher who purported that only “scoundrels” sent letters to a newspaper anonymously. His teacher’s argument being that public discourse as a democratic society’s bonding agent and so those who wish their voice to be heard should not hide behind a veil of anonymity. And yet, in a free society, surely one should have the right to a voice whether anonymous or not, after all throughout history often the messenger was at the lethal end of the phrase: the pen is mightier than the sword.

In the modern world, where everyone is a messenger thanks to online social networking and social media, there seems an even greater need to protect the right of an individual to remain anonymous in public discourse if they chose to do so and perhaps even to have the prerogative to encrypt their message and so limit its audience. This does not necessarily conflict with the notion of civic courage,
Being anonymous is often the only way to honourably, rather than perniciously, spread an opinion especially when faced with fraudulent scoundrels who hold power. There is a long tradition of anonymous pamphleteering that continues onto today’s digital age. At least in democratic nations, it is established sufficiently that the principle of anonymous free speech lies at the very core of that democracy. Everyone should have the right to free speech and to whether or not they make their name public in their declarations. Whether they are anonymous or not we all have the right to listen or to ignore them.

As governments start to ban encryption technology and virtual private networks (VPNs) or request technology companies to grant them “backdoor access” into computer systems, we must be vigilant that free speech may still be exercised, whether openly or anonymously; even if by scoundrels.

Bezemek, C. (2017) ‘Behind a veil of obscurity – anonymity, encryption, free speech and privacy‘, Int. J. Technology Policy and Law, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.3-15.

28 July 2017

Always take the weather with you

The advent of mobile communications devices and in particular the internet-connected smart phone and tablet means that users can have access to almost any information they desire with the tap or swipe of a screen. That evergreen conversational topic, the weather forecast, is perhaps one of the most universally accessed pieces of information that people access. Now, writing in the International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing, a research team from Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus, Australia, explain how they have developed a predictive model of user acceptance and the value of weather software applications, so-called “apps”. Their research could help future research into this burgeoning area of human activity as well as offering the developers of such apps insights into user needs and other information.

Until the advent of the Internet and more specifically the public World Wide Web, most people got their weather forecast from their daily print newspaper, the broadcast media (radio and television) or simply by looking out of their window. Information and communications technology have advanced considerably in the last two decades and even more so in the last ten years. Now, almost everyone has in their pocket a networked computer more powerful than the room-sized machines of the mid -twentieth century that took astronauts to the Moon and ran the earliest incarnation of the internet itself.

These devices are ubiquitous and provide near instantaneous access to almost any information a user might want via inbuilt web browsers, email clients and the aforementioned apps. Almost every media organization offers a weather app tied to its broadcast channels, website and in increasingly rare instances, its printed output. For a weather app to be accepted it has to be trusted, it has to work seamlessly and it has to be easy to use.

Bryant, Wilde and Smart have carried out quantitative social research via survey to find out how users engage with such weather apps and what they perceive as the pros and cons, and the essential qualities of a weather app. They have correlated the data with specific apps. Primarily, users are only interested in using simple, easy to install weather apps. But, they must also trust the app, an app that forecasts sunny days when it’s raining will be quickly uninstalled and replaced by a more trustworthy app. The data suggests that females are more likely to use an Apple iPhone and its preinstalled weather app than to use another brand of phone, such as an Android phone, and seek out a third-party app. Trustworthiness also applies in the context of personal data and privacy in that an app needs to know the user’s location to offer a useful forecast for that place. Moreover, as with many other apps, users must trust that a specific piece of software with access to one’s phone data and accounts does not compromise one’s privacy.

Bryant, M.J., Wilde, S.J. and Smart, W.J. (2017) ‘Taking the weather with you: user acceptance, trust and value of weather apps on smartphones’, Int. J. Social and Humanistic Computing, Vol. 2, Nos. 3/4, pp.247–260.

25 July 2017

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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Education Economics and Development

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24 July 2017

International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management to publish extended articles from International Conference on Emerging Trends in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Emerging Trends in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (13 - 14 October 2017, Gurugram, India) will be published by the International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management.

Special issue published: "Innovative Mobile Technology"

International Journal of Image Mining 2(3/4) 2017.
  • Dynamic salt generation for mobile data security using elliptic curves against precomputation attacks
  • Analysis on spectrum sensing schemes for cognitive radio networks
  • Efficient routing for low rate wireless network - a novel approach
  • Active resource allocation design for QoS improvement in wireless broadband interworking networks
  • Spectrum sensing for 4G LTE OFDM signals in heterogeneous network using neural network
  • An efficient network selection algorithms in next-generation heterogeneous wireless networks
  • Multilevel watermarking technique for securing multibiometric templates using DTCWT and SVD
  • Performance of Landweber iteration algorithm in tomographic image reconstruction
  • Performance analysis of colour coded multiple access orthogonal frequency division multiplexing visible light communication system
  • Level control of three-tank system using intelligent techniques

23 July 2017

New free sample article added to Editor's Picks for International Journal of Business and Globalisation

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Person-level entrepreneurial orientation: clues to the 'entrepreneurial mindset'?

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  • Privatisation, stakeholder power, and weak institutions: the case of the Democratic Republic of Congo
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  • Female entrepreneurs in transition economies: insights from Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo
  • Sustainable development and guidance for entrepreneurship in unfavoured regions: the case of the Alentejo region
  • Karakul sheep production in Kazakhstan: an efficient collective enterprise under the state farm (sovkhoz) system and its collapse with the break-up of the Soviet Union
  • Sustainable consumption and the UK's leading clothing retailers

Call for papers: "Computational Intelligence: Theories, Applications and Future Directions"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing.

The aim of special issue is to raise awareness about Computational Intelligence among the research communities. Traditional computing methods deal with a vast range of applications related to reasoning, decision making, perception building etc. However, Computational Intelligence (CI) deals with dynamical systems more efficiently by embedding and facilitating learning mechanisms. Most of the data is obtained in real time environments from various domains i.e. environment, industry, business, biology, which involves lots of imprecision and vagueness. To address these issues various algorithms, tools or techniques are required which should be adaptive and robust so that they can handle the uncertainty and dynamic nature of the system in an efficient and optimised way.

"CI is a set of biological and linguistic tools and methodologies to address complex real-world problems to which traditional AI approaches may not be very effective. CI comprises of concepts and implementations that ensures intelligent behaviour in complex and dynamic environment.” “Neural Network, Genetic Algorithms, Fuzzy systems, evolutionary programming and artificial life are the building blocks of Computational Intelligence." ------By Robert J. Marks

CI tools enable us to build the systems which are prone to adaption, robust across problem domains, apply extrapolated reasoning and behave intelligently in given state. Major constituents of CI are neural network, evolutionary algorithms, fuzzy systems, and hybrid intelligent systems. Neural network techniques provide capability of computational adaption. A system can improve its parameters without any intervention based on optimising criteria the same as when human learning occurs. Fuzzy systems help in defining the system where we have a rough estimate of the system requirements. Evolutionary algorithms are good enough to optimise parameters and select best among the given constraints. The synergistic effect of these tools may increase their individual performance and gives a better adaptive and highly reliable system. Knowledge representation, reasoning, information mining, discovery science, web intelligence, semantic web, multi agent systems and designing of products i.e. air conditioners, automobile systems, cameras, dishwashers, pattern recognition in remote sensing, video games, are the major areas where CI can be very helpful.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at 2017 International Conference on Computational Intelligence: Theories, Applications and Future Directions (ICCI-2017) , but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Computational intelligence
  • Neural networks
  • Evolutionary algorithms
  • Genetic algorithms
  • Fuzzy systems and its applications
  • Optimisation algorithms
  • Neuro-fuzzy systems
  • Industrial applications of computational intelligence
  • Big data analytics
  • Intelligent social informatics
  • Data mining and visualisation
  • Bioinformatics
  • Industrial sensing intelligence
  • Intelligent information retrieval
  • Pattern recognition, image and video processing
  • Intelligent signal processing
  • Industrial automation
  • Swarm intelligence
  • Intelligent agents, systems and control
  • Machine learning algorithms
  • Human machine interaction
  • Experts systems, learning and adaptive control
  • Intelligent monitoring systems
  • Technologies in industrial automation
  • Healthcare systems
  • Internet of things and cyber physical system
  • Smart grid and smart vehicles
  • Natural language processing
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Game theory

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 31 March, 2018
Notification to authors: 31 May, 2018
Final versions due by: 31 July, 2018

22 July 2017

New free sample article added to Editor's Picks for International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business

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Entrepreneurship and universities

Call for papers: "Tourism 2.0 and Supply Chain Analytics: Present Trends and Future Directions"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism.

In recent times, Internet technologies including social media and web 2.0 created a huge impact on tourism, especially in the way tourists create and access information using User Generated Content (UGC) (Xiang & Gretzel, 2010; Xiang, Magnini & Fesenmaier, 2015;Narangajavana et.al., 2017). Social media generates enormous data through different stakeholders (viz. Tourist, Tour Operators, regulators etc.), and the information generated influences the overall supply chain (Jacobsen & Munar, 2012; Joshi, 2017). The Tourism Supply Chain has in recent times turned into a highly information-intensive system while integrating information generation, its dissemination and distribution across TSCM (Yoo & Gretzel, 2009).

Moreover, the innovations driven by the Internet of Things (IoT) (Weber and Weber, 2010; Trequattrini et al., 2016; Murray et al., 2016) have important implications for tourism development, because travel involves movement through time and space and this “smart” environment will grow to be aware of, and be able to address, the travellers’ contextual needs (Gretzel et al., 2015). Whereas the privacy and security concern has become vital in such systems (Yoo & Gretzel, 2009; Weber, 2010; Nie et.al.,2016; Narangajavana et.al., 2017; Choi and Lee, 2017; Zhou, Wang and Li, 2017).

Despite the importance of information and data analysis in Tourism 2.0, there are several challenges and issues, viz.: (a). Tourist digital ecosystem vis-à-vis conventional Tourism Supply Chains; (b). Adoption and Change Management issues towards Digital Tourism/ Smart Tourism; (c). Policy and Strategic Formulation for Tourism 2.0; (d) Big Data Challenges across tourism 2.0 ecosystem.

The special issue aims to discuss and identify the conceptual and practical implication of Tourism Analytics across the supply Chain.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Concepts and theories on Tourism 2.0
  • Web analytics across tourism supply chain
  • Case studies on Tourism 2.0
  • Business models and roles of ICT
  • Security and privacy issues in Tourism 2.0
  • Social network analysis using smart tourism
  • Policy, strategy and management in Tourism 2.0

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 15 February, 2018
Notification to authors: 15 June, 2018
Final versions due by: 15 February, 2019

Inderscience is media partner for Smart Solar PV Forum: Data Analysis and IoT

Inderscience is a media partner for Smart Solar PV Forum: Data Analysis and IoT (26 - 27 October 2017, Berlin, Germany).

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21 July 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Energy from Waste 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Energy from Waste 2017 (6 - 7 December 2017, London, UK).

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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management

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  • Setting the stage for innovation: towards a conceptual model of the HR-innovation link
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Call for papers: "Intelligent Techniques for Ad-hoc and Wireless Sensor Networks"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Hybrid Intelligence.

Recently, Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) have gained great attention due to their ability to work effectively in different working fields. However, collecting and processing data in a WSN environment is still a big challenge because of the limitations of WSNs resources. There are great efforts to apply intelligent models in WSNs to collect, transmit, and process data especially in real time applications. This special issue aims to gather latest research and development achievements in this area and to promote their applications in all important fields with society needs. In addition, it aims to set the main guidelines towards building and implementing an intelligent data routing model that improves a WSN's performance.

The issue will provide a systematic overview and state-of-the-art research in the field of intelligent algorithms used in WSNs to improve their performance, and will outline new developments in fundamental, approaches, methodologies, software systems, and applications in this area.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Intelligent routing techniques in WSN
  • Intelligent network clustering techniques
  • Intelligent data fusion and aggregation
  • Intelligent mobility management
  • Intelligent query and data dissemination
  • Intelligent resource management
  • Intelligent routing in delay tolerant networks
  • Intelligent routing protocols for WSN
  • Intelligent self-organising networks
  • Intelligent vehicular ad hoc network
  • Reliability, resiliency and fault tolerance techniques
  • Swarm intelligence based localisation in WSN Secure data routing in WSN

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 15 October, 2017
Notification to authors: 15 December, 2017
Final versions due by: 31 January, 2018

20 July 2017

Inderscience is media partner for 3rd Annual Advanced Subsea Power and Heating Cables for the Oil and Gas Industry Forum

Inderscience is media partner for 3rd Annual Advanced Subsea Power and Heating Cables for the Oil and Gas Industry Forum (26 - 27 September 2017, Edinburgh, UK).

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  • An integration model for innovative products in Korea and China: bio-based smart clothing
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  • A road map for implementing lean and agile techniques in SMEs product development teams
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Inderscience is media partner for Smart Homes Forum

Inderscience is a media partner for Smart Homes Forum (7 - 8 September 2017, Berlin, Germany).

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Special issue published: "Generative Approaches for Managing Human Capital for Sustainable Growth"

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management 17(1/2) 2017.
  • Hindering appreciative intelligence® and follower sensemaking through hostile leadership
  • Positive approaches to enhance customer-focused knowledge sharing culture in a financial services organisation
  • Conducting appreciative inquiry in the virtual world
  • The resilience of appreciative inquiry allies: business education sustains the business community
  • Approaches to enhancing communication between healthcare providers and recipients
  • Integrated reporting and its impact on organisational change
  • Managing for results: the US Coast Guard Marine Safety program
  • Innovation, resiliency and transformation: leveraging the strength of older marginalised women
  • Preparing for transformational change: a framework for assessing organisational change readiness
  • Leading with emotional labour: the interplay of six emotions
  • Betrayal of local government whistleblowers: expecting rights and resources, facing harsh realities

19 July 2017

Call for papers: "Advances in Engineering Education"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Higher Education and Sustainability.

Currently, knowledge about engineering education presents great interest in improving communication between professors, researchers and students in universities, engineering schools, institutes, laboratories and industry. The development of the educational system is fundamental for sustainable technological change. This special issue will be focused on advances in engineering education with emphasis in curriculum development, pedagogy and didactic aspects. Articles with case studies in engineering education for sustainability are welcome.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Bolonha process
  • Continuing education
  • Curricula change
  • Higher education for sustainability
  • Erasmus programme
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Performance indicators
  • Teaching and learning
  • Teaching methods
  • Pedagogy and didactic
  • Soft skills
  • Management education 


Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 31 December, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 30 June, 2018

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Technology Policy and Law

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  • Lesotho telecommunications sector reform: an assessment of regulatory governance and substance
  • Implications of China's latest statute on internet and the forthcoming real-name registration scheme
  • Using technology in human trafficking: international law perspective and reflections within Middle Eastern countries
  • Reformulating the 'fair dealing' defence in copyright law to accommodate transformative musical works and maximise creativity in Australia

Inderscience is media partner for Ophthalmic Drugs

Inderscience is a media partner for Ophthalmic Drugs (28 - 29 November 2017, London, UK).

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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Corporate Governance 

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18 July 2017

International Journal of Information and Communication Technology to publish extended papers from 8th International Congress of Information and Communication Technology

Extended versions of papers presented at the 8th International Congress of Information and Communication Technology (27 - 28 January 2018, Xiamen, China) will be published by the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology.

Call for papers: "Materials for Smart Cities: Applications and Advanced Technologies"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Materials and Product Technology.

The key factors to build a smart city which is the urban centre of the future will be the use of smart materials with increasing levels of functionality and facilities. Smart materials find a wide range of applications due to their varied response to external events, and are able to create a sustainable environment which is an eco-friendly and energy efficient system. Currently advanced technologies related to materials are being investigated and developed to face many challenges and needs like longevity, cost, industrial probity, and so on. This will enable many solutions to problems related to smart cities.

Submitted papers are expected to cover state-of-the-art technologies, theoretical concepts, standards, products implementation, ongoing research projects and innovative applications of smart materials for smart cities.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Computational Materials Science and Thermodynamic Systems (CMST 2018), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Stimuli-responsive polymers
  • Electro-responsive
  • E-textiles, piezoelectric
  • Smart composites
  • Self-healing materials
  • Shape memory materials: state-of-the-art research and applications
  • Energy harvesting via smart materials
  • New materials and methods for cultural heritage cleaning and preservation
  • Quantum dots for transistors, solar cells, leds, diode lasers and medical imaging
  • Energy harvesting
  • Piezochromic
  • Optical fibres
  • Energy Saving Coating Technology (ESCT)
  • Zero Energy Building (ZEB)
  • Smart manufacturing
  • Piezoelectric materials
  • Intelligent systems, sensing and actuation, adaptive structures, and active control

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 March, 2018
Notification to authors: 30 May, 2018
Final versions due by: 30 June, 2018

Special issue published: "Information Law and Ethics"

International Journal of Technology Policy and Law 3(1) 2017.

  • Behind a veil of obscurity - anonymity, encryption, free speech and privacy
  • The State vs. Oscar Pistorius: a critical analysis of media coverage and the court of public opinion
  • Understanding digital piracy through the lens of psychosocial, criminological and cultural factors
  • Awareness and knowledge of cyber ethics by library and information science doctoral students in two Nigerian universities
  • Artificial reproductive technologies and the right to the truth about genetic and biographic origins
  • Sharing is caring vs. stealing is wrong: a moral argument for limiting copyright protection

Additional paper
  • A synthesised approach for antitrust interference in the exercise of SEPs: comparative perspectives from China, USA and EU

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics

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  • Examining the corporate social responsibility orientation in developing countries: an empirical investigation of the Carroll's CSR pyramid

17 July 2017

Inderscience is media partner for 12th Annual Cold Chain Distribution

Inderscience is a media partner for 12th Annual Cold Chain Distribution (13 - 14 December 2017, London, UK).

The journals invovled are:
  • Int. J. of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling 
  • Int. J. of Integrated Supply Management 
  • Int. J. of Logistics Systems and Management 
  • Int. J. of Supply Chain and Inventory Management 
  • Int. J. of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience 
  • Int. J. of Shipping and Transport Logistics
 
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Call for papers: "Hybrid Computational Intelligence in Big Data Analytics and Cloud Computing"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Hybrid Intelligence.

This special issue will attract researchers, developers, users, students and practitioners from the fields of big data, systems architecture, services research, virtualization, security and privacy, high performance computing, always with an emphasis on how to build cloud computing platforms with real impact.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 2017 Third IEEE International Conference on research in Computational Intelligence and Communication Networks (ICRCICN), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Big data management
  • Big data search and mining
  • Big data application
  • Big data security, privacy and trust
  • Cloud service management
  • Cloud privacy management
  • Cloud resource management
  • IoT applications and mobile cloud models

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 15 February, 2018
Notification to authors: 15 April, 2018
Final versions due by: 30 June, 2018

15 July 2017

Special issue published: "Massive Data Processing and Cloud Storage"

International Journal of Web and Grid Services 13(3) 2017.

  • New efficient chosen ciphertext secure Elgamal encryption schemes for secure Cloud storage service
  • TrDup: enhancing secure data deduplication with user traceability in cloud computing
  • A novel utilisation-aware energy consumption model for content distribution networks
  • Sensitivity-based synchronisation protocol to prevent illegal information flow among objects
  • ATMSim: a Hadoop and self-similarity-based simulator for collecting, detecting, measuring and analysing anomalous traffic
  • Stream-based live entity resolution approach with adaptive duplicate count strategy

Research Picks Extra – July 2017

Smoke and fires
New research into smoke and fire detection published this month in the International Journal of Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering suggests that a fire can be detected earlier and with fewer false alarms if the various detection technologies utilize image processing as well as sensor technology. Malik Mohamed Umar and colleagues at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam explain that smoke is a good indicator of conditions in a building or other environment that might ultimately develop into a potentially lethal fire. As such smoke detectors are key to warning occupants of a fire having started. There are several devices that can detect smoke for disaster prevention. However, the team suggests that image processing is far more effective especially in terms of avoid false alarms triggered by bathroom steam, cigarette smoke, burnt toast or other common false alarms.
Malik, M., De Silva, L.C., Saifullah Abu Bakar, M. and Iskandar Petra, M. (2017) ‘State of the art of smoke and fire detection using image processing‘, Int. J. Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering, Vol. 10, Nos. 1/2, pp.22-30.
Supercritical drying of carbon dioxide
As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise through human activities, specifically the burning of fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas – it is unlikely that the future climate will be as comfortable as it is today. As such, there are many efforts to find alternative energy sources that are close to carbon neutral, wind, solar, tidal, to name a few. However, there is also a need to remediate the damage already done as we attempt to head towards a sustainable future. Technologies that extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere would have to be carried out on a geological scale and would only be truly beneficial if the energy and resources they needed were themselves carbon neutral. Steps towards such a system is being developed by researchers from China and the US. They are developing an aerogel sorbent, amine hybrid silica aerogel, that can absorb the greenhouse gas. Moreover, the material is more effective with higher humidity.
Kong, Y., Shen, X., Cui, S. and Fan, M. (2017) ‘Supercritical drying: a promising technique on synthesis of sorbent for CO2 capture‘, Int. J. Global Warming, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp.228-241.
Recycling rechargeable batteries
Rechargeable lithium batteries have a limited lifespan as drivers of electric vehicles and anyone who uses a modern portable electronic device knows only too well. Moreover, the cobalt and lithium metals, which are essential components of these batteries, need to be reclaimed from expired batteries. Researchers in Malaysia have taken steps towards and efficient and effective way to retrieve the cobalt from such batteries. Once processed to calcinate the material and remove any organic compounds, the team was able to extra 90-99% of the cobalt from a used battery using their high-temperature technique. Of course, such recycling must itself be carried out using sustainable energy and resources otherwise some of the benefit will be negated.
Rahman, A. and Afroz, R. (2017) ‘Lithium battery recycling management and policy‘, Int. J. Energy Technology and Policy, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp.278-291.
The entropy of walking
Human gait is a fascinating area of biometrics and pedestrian dynamics. Individuals can be recognized from the way they walk even if we cannot see their face while understanding the movements of a crowd or group of people as they walk can tell us a lot about social activity. Researchers in Portugal are taking a thermodynamic approach to understanding human gait in terms of the disorder, or entropy, that arises as a crowd moves around. Self-selected gait speed, and gait transitions from walking to running, can be linked to, and understood based on the quantification of entropy generation, Antonio Miguel of the University of Evora, Portugal reports. Moreover, he has demonstrated through this analytical approach that there exist repulsive forces between pedestrians that ensure interpersonal distances are moderated by the energy of the crowd and dissipation of energy.
Miguel, A.F. (2017) ‘Entropy generation: a path for understanding human gait patterns and crowd dynamics‘, Int. J. Exergy, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp.18-30.