26 July 2014

Special issue published: "Intelligent Assets through Condition Monitoring and Condition-Based Maintenance"

International Journal of Strategic Engineering Asset Management 2(1) 2014
  • A low-cost and effective automobile engine fault diagnosis using instantaneous angular velocity evaluation
  • Condition monitoring and remaining useful life prediction using switching Kalman filters
  • Selective maintenance considering two types of failure modes
  • Condition-based maintenance of wind power generation systems considering different turbine types and lead times
  • Availability and performability analysis for a service degradation process with condition-based preventive maintenance I - formulation and optimisation
  • Availability and performability analysis for a service degradation process with condition-based preventive maintenance II - estimation and simulation

25 July 2014

Call for papers: "Econometric and Computational Applications for the Brazilian Economy"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics.

Brazil has one of the most important developing economies today. In the last few years, the Brazilian economy has emerged as a big player in commodities markets and the manufacturing sector. Despite a democratic government and strong regional diversification, however, Brazil has challenges ahead in order to maintain and improve its share of the global economy.

From the macroeconomic aspect, Brazil should make economic policy more predictable and efficient so as to allow for lower inflation rates and higher GDP growth in the long term; from the microeconomic one, regulatory, educational and other sectoral policies are important to increase companies’ confidence and private investments that generate higher productivity rates over time.

The special issue invites high-quality original research papers on the topic. It is an attempt to explore and bring together practical, state-of-the-art applications of computational techniques and econometrics with a particular focus on Brazil.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Applied micro and macro econometrics with Brazilian data
  • Asset pricing and factor models with Brazilian data
  • Bayesian econometrics and statistics with Brazilian data
  • Credit risk, market risk and operational risk management with Brazilian data
  • Energy risk management with Brazilian data
  • Insurance models for Brazil
  • Portfolio optimisation with Brazilian data
  • Software development and implementation with Brazilian economic and/or financial data
  • Time series analysis and forecasting techniques for Brazil

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 October, 2014
Notification to authors: 28 February, 2015
Final versions due: 30 April, 2015

24 July 2014

Call for papers: "Challenges and Opportunities in Marketing in the Contemporary Technological Environment"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Technology Marketing.

In recent decades, information and communication technologies (ICTs), the internet, mobile and social media marketing have radically and unforeseeably changed society as a whole, especially since the Internet of Things emerged, making available multidimensional sets of data which are known as big data. The digital revolution and the convergence of information and communication technologies have ignited the development of new communication grids, thus challenging the marketing strategies and business models of companies in any sector with new opportunities and threats.

Currently, technology and the internet, as used through any device, provides companies with new venues and platforms to be used fo pricing, distribution, promotion and product policies. Technologies and the internet can be used for customer acquisition and profiling, customer engagement, brand reinforcement, reputation and image building, monitoring and complaint management, the co-creation of new products/services with consumers, quality control, analysis of competitive strategies and many others strategic purposes. Broadly, the contemporary technological environment has transformed the relationships in any B2B (business to business), B2C (business to consumer), C2C (consumer to consumer) or G2C (government to citizen) context.

In such a scenario, this special issue aims to provide a forum for original papers covering contemporary digital and technological marketing in any B2B, B2C, C2C and G2C context.

The issue will partially carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 2nd International Conference on Contemporary Marketing Issues (ICCMI 2014). However, any researcher who would be interested in this special issue is strongly encouraged to submit an original paper covering one of the following suggested topics.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Social media marketing
  • Mobile marketing
  • Internet marketing and e-commerce
  • B2B marketing
  • B2C marketing
  • C2C marketing
  • G2C marketing
  • Customer relationship management
  • E-marketing in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Online marketing in developing countries
  • Digital and social media marketing in the tourism sector
  • Online customer service
  • E-complaining consumer behavior
  • E-complimenting consumer behavior
  • Online co-creation and co-innovation
  • E-commerce
  • Social commerce
  • Web design and usability
  • Consumers' online search information behavior
  • Political/legal issues and agendas in the digital-technology marketing era
  • Digital business ecosystem
  • Smart cities and smart tourism destinations

Important Dates
Submission of papers: 15 December, 2014
Notification of acceptance: 15 February, 2015

Special issue published: "Building New Business Models for Success"

International Journal of Technology Marketing 9(3) 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the 5th (2012) and 6th (2013) Euromed Annual Conferences.
  • Determinants of user adoption of e-government services: the case of Greek Local Government
  • Mobile marketing: a contemporary strategic perspective
  • Sustainability, eco-innovation and technology - an Italian perspective
  • Gaining customer loyalty in the e-tailing marketplace: the role of e-service quality, e-satisfaction and e-trust
  • Determinants of online trust and their impact on online purchase intention
  • The impact of Facebook presence on brand image

First issue: International Journal of Big Data Intelligence (free sample issue available)

Big data is a rapidly expanding research area spanning the fields of computer science and information management, and has become a ubiquitous term in understanding and solving complex problems in different disciplinary fields such as engineering, applied mathematics, medicine, computational biology, healthcare, social networks, finance, business, government, education, transportation and telecommunications. The International Journal of Big Data Intelligence provides a vehicle for disseminating the latest research in big data research, development and applications.

There is a free download of the papers from this first issue.

Special issue published: "The Global Business of Jute: Markets, Firms, Gender and Political Economy"

International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy 8(2/3) 2014
  • Jute in the world, worlds of jute
  • A woman's industry? The role of women in the workforce of the Dundee jute industry c. 1945-1979
  • Gender and the jute industry: the Calcutta chapter, 1890-1990
  • Rhetoric of a troubled industry: the case of the Dundee jute industry during the inter-war period
  • The Dutch disease: the role of industrial policy for industrial transformation - the case of the jute industry
  • The decline of jute and the de-globalisation of Dundee
  • Indian jute manufactures: adaptation and survival in a 'sunset' industry

Plants protect against radiotherapy

Plant-derived natural product chemicals could offer protection to the skin from the harmful effects of gamma radiation during cancer radiotherapy.

Radiotherapy for cancer involves exposing the patient or their tumor more directly to ionizing radiation, such as gamma rays or X-rays. The radiation damages the cancer cells irreparably. Unfortunately, such radiation is also harmful to healthy tissue, particularly the skin over the site of the tumor, which is then at risk of hair loss, dermatological problems and even skin cancer. As such finding ways to protect the overlying skin are keenly sought.

Writing in the International Journal of Low Radiation, Faruck Lukmanul Hakkim of the University of Nizwa, Oman and Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan, and colleagues there and at Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia, Bharathiar University, India and Konkuk University, South Korea, explain how three ubiquitous and well-studied natural products derived from plants can protect the skin against gamma radiation during radiotherapy.

Hakkim and colleagues discuss the benefits of the organic, antioxidant compounds caffeic acid (CA), rosmarinic acid (RA) and trans-cinnamic acid (TCA) used at non-toxic concentrations. They tested the radio protective effect of these compounds against gamma-radiation in terms of reducing levels of reactive oxygen species generated in skin cells by clinical relevance dose of gamma ray in the laboratory and in terms of the damage to the genetic material DNA, specifically double strand breaks in laboratory samples of human skin cells (keratinocytes). They found that treating the human skin cells with CA, RA and TCA can protected the cells by 40, 20 and 15 percent respectively from gamma ray toxicity. They suggest that the protective effect arises because the compounds mop up the reactive oxygen species and chemically deactivate them as well as enhancing the body’s natural DNA repair mechanisms.

The team suggests that these compounds might best be used as skin protectants during combination chemo- and radio-therapy. Further work is under way to investigate the clinical potential of mixtures of the three natural products.

Lukmanul Hakkim, F., Miura, M., Matsuda, N., Alharassi, A.S., Guillemin, G., Yamauchi, M., Arivazhagan, G. and Song, H. (2014) ‘An in vitro evidence for caffeic acid, rosmarinic acid and trans cinnamic acid as a skin protectant against -radiation‘, Int. J. Low Radiation, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp.305-316.

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23 July 2014

Special issue published: "Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing"

International Journal of Embedded Systems 6(2/3) 2014
  • Buffered FUSE: optimising the Android IO stack for user-level filesystem
  • MIMO radar antenna array synthesis with a hybrid approach based on GA and PSO
  • Progressive transmission based on wavelet used in mobile visual search
  • Communication-oriented performance optimisation during code generation from Simulink models
  • A new Wi-Fi fingerprint indoor localisation method for smart phone's heterogeneity
  • Lossy links diagnosis for wireless sensor networks by utilising the existing traffic information
  • JORCA: joint opportunistic routing and channel assignment
  • A calibration algorithm for maze micromouse continuous smooth turning
  • A real-time flash translation layer via adaptive partial garbage collection
  • A model-checking approach to schedulability analysis of global multiprocessor scheduling with fixed offsets
  • A ubiquitous communication architecture integrating transparent UPnP and REST APIs
  • A distributed resource conservation multicast and spectrum allocation algorithm in cognitive wireless mesh networks
  • Dynamic partially reconfigurable architecture for fast Fourier transform computation
  • Efficient fault-tolerant scheduling on multiprocessor systems via replication and deallocation
  • Achieving energy efficient advertisements traffic for smartphones
  • Lifetime enhancement in wireless sensor and actuator network using uniform energy consumption algorithm
  • Memory power optimisation on low-bit multi-access cross memory address mapping schema
  • A critical comparative evaluation on DHT-based peer-to-peer search algorithms
  • Low cost solutions for secure remote reconfiguration of FPGAs
  • Fixed-priority global scheduling for mixed-criticality real-time systems

22 July 2014

Inaugural issue call for papers for Int. Journal of Semantic and Infrastructure Services

The International Journal of Semantic and Infrastructure Services has released a call for papers for its inaugural issue.

Special issue published: "Nanomaternials for Energy Conversion and Storage"

International Journal of Nanotechnology 11(9/10/11) 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the Symposium Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage.
  • High di-electric constant nano-structure ceramics synthesis using novel electric discharge assisted mechanical milling and magneto ball milling and its properties
  • Electrochemical properties of graphitic carbon nitrides
  • Highly crystalline hydrothermal ZnO nanowires as photoanodes in DSCs
  • Ultra-fast growth of the monocrystalline zinc oxide nanorods from the aqueous solution
  • Thermoelectric properties of bottom-up assembled Bi2S3xTex nanocomposites
  • Thermal annealing effects on silver nanowire networks
  • Use of energy-filtered photoelectron emission microscopy and Kelvin probe force microscopy to visualise work function changes on diamond thin films terminated with oxygen and lithium mono-layers for thermionic energy conversion
  • Self-assembled V3O7/graphene oxide nanocomposites as cathode material for lithium-ion batteries
  • Charge transport in hybrid solution processed heterojunction based on P3HT and ZnO from bilayer to blend
  • Kinetic behaviour of a metal-polymer composite suitable for hydrogen storage applications
  • Nanostructured oxyspinel multilayers for novel high-efficient conversion and control
  • Simulation and performance analysis of superstrate Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells using nanostructured Zn1−xVxO thin films
  • Tungsten trioxide nanostructured electrodes for organic dye sensitised solar cells
  • SnO2-Nafion® nanocomposite polymer electrolytes for fuel cell applications
  • Extraordinary electron and phonon transport through metal-semiconductor hybrid nanocomposite: decoupling electrical and thermal conductivities for thermoelectric application
  • Surface modified BaTiO3-polystyrene nanocomposites for energy storage
  • Synthesis and photovoltaic properties of CuInS2/CdS quantum dots co-sensitised TiO2 photo-anodes
  • Structure stability of LixHyV3O8 exposed to water-vapour
  • Comparative study of TiO2 films prepared by EPD and sol-gel techniques and their use in DSSCs
  • Bottom-up processing of PbTe-PbS thermoelectric nanocomposites
  • Sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone)-functionalised silica composite membranes for applications in proton exchange membrane fuel cells
  • Effect of various micro-porous layer preparation methods on the performance of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell
  • Prompting electron transport in mesoporous semiconductor electrode by simple film compression

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Higher Education and Sustainability

The International Journal of Higher Education and Sustainability proposes and fosters discussion on the evolution of higher education for sustainability, with emphasis on the three interconnected pillars, the environmental, the economic and the social, along with emerging dimensions of culture and politics. The incorporation of sustainability in higher education is critical in producing human resources, in terms of the essential skills, understanding and knowledge, in the 21st century. IJHES also considers the likely and actual implications for the workplace.

Special issue published: "The Importance of People in the Entrepreneurship Processes"

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 22(3) 2014
  • The phenomenological method in entrepreneurship
  • Designing a phenomenological research model for entrepreneurship research
  • Business networks at start-up: Swedish native-owned and immigrant-owned companies
  • Financial institutions and the taxi-cab industry: an exploratory study in Canada
  • Mining and communities in the Arctic: lessons from Baker Lake, Canada
  • Gender innovation through the lens of effectuation
  • Current ventures of women entrepreneurs: relating performance and goals

21 July 2014

Editor's graphene car design research gets people talking

Prof. Ahmed Elmarakbi, Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Automotive Composites, has recently spoken on Canadian radio about incorporating graphene into car design to make cars safer, lighter and more environmentally friendly. The radio interview can be heard here. Prof. Elmarakbi has also gained the attention of several magazines and blogs, including E&T Magazine, The Journal, The Engineer and SR News.

Special issue published: "Interdisciplinary Aspects of Public Health and Environmental Justice"

Interdisciplinary Environmental Review 15(2/3) 2014
  • Nature or neoliberalism? Two views on science and the persistence of environmental controversies
  • Propaganda as an environmental justice issue
  • A concern about shifting interactions between indigenous and non-indigenous parties in US climate adaptation contexts
  • Food Sovereignty, Health Sovereignty, and self-organised community viability
  • Evaluating the impact of poor waste disposal management on environmental sustainability and human rights in Nigeria
  • Urban desertification and a phenomenology of sustainability: the case of El Paso, Texas 
  • Doing justice: the role of ethics in integrated ecosystem management and the implementation of the integrated assessment and ecosystem management protocol

New Editor for the International Journal of Dynamical Systems and Differential Equations

Dr Agnieszka Malinowska from Bialystok University of Technology in Poland has been appointed to edit the International Journal of Dynamical Systems and Differential Equations.

19 July 2014

Special issue published: "Information and Communication Technologies in Agriculture Food and Environment"

International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology 10(2) 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the 6th International Conference on ICTs in Agriculture, Food and Environment (HAICTA 2013).
  • Could ICT contribute to the revival of family farming?
  • Greening the agrifood supply chain with lean thinking practices
  • Exploring the reproduction practices of dairy farms: a typology
  • An interactive application for Greek and European legal framework on environmental and ecological laws
  • Analysis of social network applications for organic agrifood products
  • Database management systems in wood entrepreneurship and marketing
  • Economic crisis and food selection: the financial, social and spatial dimension

Call for papers: "Machining of Composite Materials"

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

Advanced composites have been extensively used in various fields including aerospace, automotive and other cutting-edge industries. There is however an urgent need to understand the machining and machinability of composites because they are typically difficult to machine due to their serious tool wear and poor surface integrity.
This special issue will focus on the machining (e.g. trimming, milling and drilling) of both polymer and metallic matrix composites.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Mechanics modelling of composite materials
  • Testing of mechanical properties of composite materials
  • Simulation of machining processes of composite materials
  • Machining technology of advanced composite materials
  • Machine tools and tooling for composite materials
  • Machinability of composite materials
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 October, 2014
Notification to authors: 31 December, 2014
Final versions due: 28 February, 2015

Int. J. of Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism to publish expanded papers from Int. Academic Conf. on Management and Marketing of Tourism

Expanded versions of papers presented at the 3rd International Academic Conference on Management and Marketing of Tourism (12-13 December 2014, Tunisia) will be published by the International Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism.