21 October 2014

Special issue published: "Competitiveness Policies from the Emerging Blocks: a Checkpoint on the Reality of Development through Policy"

International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies 7(3) 2014
  • Bangalore information technology cluster
  • Determinants of banking competition in Morocco and evaluation of the structural reforms
  • Competitiveness and innovation landscapes in the tropics: a comparison of Singapore and New Zealand during 1999-2008
  • Microeconomic and macroeconomic determinants of competitiveness of East European countries in 2012
  • Competitiveness policies for medical tourism clusters: government initiatives in Thailand
  • FDI in retail sector India: structural reform more than a political reform

Call for papers: "e-Systems Development and Applications"

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

Recent years have witnessed increasing interest and development in computerised systems and procedures which exploit electronic media in order to offer effective and sophisticated solutions to a wide range of real-world applications.
Innovation and research development in this rapidly evolving area of e-systems has typically been reported on as part of cognate fields such as information and communications technology, computer science, systems science, social science and engineering.
This special issue seeks original and high-quality contributions such as works in progress and experimental and theoretical research into e-systems and their applications.
The applications of e-system include, but are not limited to
  • Online education: e-colleges and e-universities
  • e-Assessment and plagiarism detection
  • Autonomic middleware to support e-systems
  • Business-oriented and consumer-oriented e-commerce
  • Patient administration systems
  • Clinical decision support systems
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • e-Learning (technology-enhanced learning)
  • e-Government systems, autonomic computing and AI
  • e-Business and management
  • e-Health and e-medicine
  • e-science and technology
  • e-Security and e-forensics
  • e-Entertainment and creative technologies
  • e-Networking and wireless environments
  • e-Systems engineering
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 13 February, 2015
Notification to authors: 8 May, 2015
Final versions due: 3 July, 2015

20 October 2014

Call for papers: "Governance of State-owned Enterprises"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Corporate Governance.

Corporate governance of state-owned enterprises is a major challenge in many economies. But, until now, there has not been any international benchmark to help governments assess and improve the way they exercise ownership of these enterprises, which often constitute a significant share of the economy.
We welcome articles on this subject for this special issue, which aims to address the current lack of literature.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • State-owned enterprises
  • Governance
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 November, 2014

19 October 2014

Special issue published: "Finance in Africa: Contemporary Issues and Evidence"

International Journal of Management Practice 7(4) 2014
  • Are mutual fund managers in Nigeria worth their money?
  • Earnings management and corporate governance: the Ghanaian experience
  • Quality of financial statements, information asymmetry, perceived risk and access to finance by Ugandan SMEs
  • Firms' performance and corporate social disclosures: cross-sectional evidence of Nigerian firms
  • Modelling stock return volatility: comparative evidence from selected emerging African and Western developed markets
  • Multifactor explanation of security returns in South Africa

18 October 2014

Special Issue: "Recent Advances in Wireless Sensor Networks: Trust, Reputation, Security and Privacy"

International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems 7(3) 2014
  • An efficient reputation-based system for wireless ad hoc networks
  • New route discovery design for routing misbehaviour prevention in multi-hop wireless sensor networks
  • Two security layers for hierarchical data aggregation in sensor networks
  • An energy-aware design methodology based on kernel optimisations
  • Learning, generalisation, and functional entropy in random automata networks

Int. J. of Computational Vision and Robotics to publish expanded papers from Int. Conf. on Computational Vision & Robotics

Expanded versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Computational Vision & Robotics (8 August 2015, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India) will be published by the International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics.

New Editor for the International Journal of Intelligent Systems and Applications

Associate Professor Edmund M-K. Lai from Massey University has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Intelligent Systems and Applications. He fills the vacancy left by Professor Johan Potgieter, forced to step down by new job commitments; Professor Potgieter will remain on the IJISTA Board.

Call for papers: "Advanced IT and Security Services in the Internet of Things Environment"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Services Technology and Management.

Unlike the current internet, IoT means a new network space in which all things around the world can be connected, including humans. It has the ability and intelligence to send/receive information with the benefit of multiple data processing.

In this environment, people can be provided with various convergence services through the intelligent collaborative process between physical things surrounding humans, with minimal spatial/temporal constraints. Autonomous convergence service can be provided, since the context of the user is recognised in the IoT environment. It is expected that the IoT market will grow to a value of 3,090 billion dollars by 2020, as it grows by 30% per year.

However, the possibility exists that various types of information can be easily exposed in the process of resource binding among the things required to compose the services in the current computing environment. In order to pre-emptively respond to these risks and provide a sustainable IoT environment and reliable services, it is necessary to study the advanced convergence of security services.

The main aim of this special issue is therefore to bring together researchers and practitioners working in related fields in advanced IT and security services in the IoT environment. The purpose of the issue is to present the latest research and propose strategies for the development direction of research into guiding advanced IT and security services in the IoT environment.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Usability of privacy and security systems in the IoT environment
  • User risk perceptions and modelling for the IoT environment
  • Policy management and enforcement for the IoT environment
  • Security architectures for IoT systems and applications
  • Knowledge-based approaches for evaluating the trustworthiness of devices and services in the IoT environment
  • Modelling and evaluating quality in the IoT environment
  • Situational awareness through context modelling in the IoT environment
  • Intelligent decision making using knowledge-based reasoning
  • Adaptive architectures and application scenarios for the IoT environment

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 13 February, 2015
Notification to authors: 17 April, 2015
Final versions due: 12 June, 2015

17 October 2014

Inderscience is media partner for Forensics Europe Expo 2015

Inderscience is a media partner for Forensics Europe Expo 2015 (21-22 April 2015, London, UK).

The journals involved are:

Special issue published: "New Cultural Catalysts in Evolving Environments: Political Change, Cultural Dynamics and Competitiveness of Firms"

European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management 3(2) 2014

Includes expanded versions of articles presented at the XI IACCM Annual Conference on ‘Political change, cultural dynamics and competitiveness of firms’.
  • Analysing gender and diversity management issues across cultures from multiple perspectives: a Thai-German case
  • Exploring national diversity and identity regulation: managerial discourses and material practices in a transnational company
  • Cross-cultural analysis of comfort with foreign cultures in multinational firms
  • A cultural hybridisation approach to reinterpreting the integration-diversity dichotomy: the case of Guggenheim's master branding Bilbao
  • Effects of brand and quality management on consumers' purchasing willingness of indigenous handicrafts in Taiwan

Call for papers: "Optimisation in Ecology, Economics, Environment and Sustainable Ecosystems"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation.

This special issue solicits research papers that address recent advances and current challenges in optimisation methods and techniques associated with economic systems, ecological and environmental modelling, and analysis of sustainable ecosystems.
The issue seeks to publish novel research and reflect the most recent advances and the latest contributions of optimisation in the subject areas below, covering deterministic, fuzzy and stochastic optimisation, optimal control, multi-criteria decision making, and innovative optimisation algorithms and techniques.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Optimisation methods and techniques
  • Fuzzy and stochastic optimisation
  • Multiple criteria decision making
  • Optimal control
  • Optimisation in ecology
  • Decision making in the energy markets
  • Optimisation of renewable resources
  • Optimisation in sustainable ecosystems
  • Optimisation and management of ecological resources
  • Energy optimisation
  • Optimisation in economics
  • Optimal investments and strategies
  • Risk management
  • Sustainable growth
  • Optimal green taxation
Important Dates
Submission deadline: 31 March, 2015
Notification of acceptance: 31 July, 2015
Revised version due: 30 September, 2015

Special issue published: "Cameronese Research on Accounting"

African Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance 3(1) 2014
  • Accounting information and the rationality of bank credits within the Cameroon context
  • Standardisation of international accounting: harmonisation between OHADA and IASB (IFRS) reference frameworks
  • Structure of the start-up capital and continuity of companies in Cameroon 
  • Assessment of the relevance of accounting mutations: an analysis from financial statements in Cameroon

16 October 2014

Inderscience is media partner for Counter Terror Expo 2015

Inderscience is a media partner for Counter Terror Expo 2015 (21-22 April 2015, London, UK).

The journals involved are:

Call for papers: "Innovation, Economic Change and Policies: An Out-of-Equilibrium Perspective"

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

This special issue is in honour of Prof. Mario Amendola on the occasion of his retirement as professor of economics at Sapienza University of Rome, where he taught and researched for more than forty years.
Prof. Amedola’s contribution to out-of-equilibrium economics has been broadly recognised as a fundamental contribution to the recent development of neo-Austrian economic theory. Prof. Amendola, by focusing his attention on economic growth and the dynamics of structural change, provided unconventional policy conclusions and indications, thus opening up a challenging stream of research which involved numerous students and young researchers over the years.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Out-of-equilibrium analysis
  • Innovation
  • Structural change
  • Computational analysis

Important Dates
Deadline for the submission of manuscripts: 15 January 2015
Notification to authors: 15 March 2015
Final versions due: 15 June 2015

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Bibliometrics in Business and Management

The International Journal of Bibliometrics in Business and Management focuses on bibliometric analysis. By analysing published papers in specific academic fields involving all business and management areas, it addresses issues such as publications by year and research themes; contributions by authors, institutions and regions; keywords used; and citations and co-citations. Areas covered include general management, human resource management, strategic management, organisational behaviour, organisation theory, knowledge management, crisis management, family business, business ethics, marketing, accounting, finance, etc., applied to all disciplines, industries and countries.

Special issue published: "Advances in Data Mining and Machine Learning"

International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications 13(3) 2014
  • An efficient algorithm for mining sequential generator pattern using prefix trees and hash tables
  • A decision making model using soft set and rough set on fuzzy approximation spaces
  • SED-Stream: discriminative dimension selection for evolution-based clustering of high dimensional data streams
  • Hybrid feature extraction for facial emotion recognition
  • An efficient approach for significant time intervals of frequent itemsets

Socialising with the web of things

Are you Facebook friends with your microwave oven, is your car? Does your washing machine have a blog read by the tumble drier? Ever thought of following your lighting circuit on Twitter, would it make sense to have the electric curtain controllers do so? Well, such whimsical ideas are perhaps a little far-fetched at first glance. There are some precedents. One might follow a movie and TV streaming site on Twitter and use a connection tool to automatically control what output you record for later viewing on the TV but only if a web review site you also follow gives it a five-star review perhaps. You might even have a link between the items you flag as good or bad that then filter into Facebook updates, as many people do with the music they listen to on Spotify. The combinations seem limitless.

More mundane applications involving the lighting and heating in your home exist that allow you to have the thermostat switch on the heating before you come home either when you send it a text but also perhaps when a weather update from twitter forecasts snow. The Internet of Things is with us already as more and more domestic and other devices are hooked up to the internet and so their sensors and readouts become accessible via a web browser or to other software and apps on your smart phone become the norm for controlling a wide range of gadgets.

The next step is the development of a “social internet of things” that allows people and their gadgets to be more coherently connected. Writing in the International Journal of Web Based Communities, computer scientists Bruno Cabral, Cibele Vasconcelos and C├íssio Prazeres of the Federal University of Bahia, in Brazil, recognize that we now use online social networks as a surrogate and as a supplement to many of the activities we once were able only to do offline without digital assistance. As the internet of things evolves, there is the potential to bring together this world and to use it to enhance and make more efficient our use of refrigerators, microwave ovens, TVs, cars, cell phones and other devices to improve quality of life.

Prazeres and colleagues suggest that in some circumstances and for many applications, the people will not even be needed, our gadgets will interact through the infrastructures of social networks without our input. One would hope, of course, that automatic thermostats listening to the weather forecast on twitter and checking up on your business trip schedule would not override the logic of not turning on the air conditioning in an empty house. Online tools such as IFTTT, which stands for “IF this, THEN that”, allows users to connect web applications, their smart phone, online social networks and a range of cloud services and some networked devices, such as the aforementioned lighting and heating.

The team has taken this several steps further in developing an architecture for what they refer to as a “social web of things”, which provides the potential means for us to interact with our devices in a naturalistic manner, not dissimilar to our online social networking interactions with people. This anthromorphizing of connected appliances gives us an instantly comprehensible interface, so that one might message the house thermometers to get the temperature and then tell the thermostats to switch on the heating on our command. But, the same architecture could then be extended to remove the intermediate, us, from the equation and so give us domestic bliss with minimal intervention on our part.

Cabral, B., Vasconcelos, C. and Prazeres, C.V.S. (2014) ‘The social web of things: enabling the interaction of people and things on social networks’, Int. J. Web-Based Communities, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp.426–444.

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15 October 2014

Call for papers: "Social Networking for Enhanced Interaction with No Cyberbullying"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Innovation in Education.
Today’s advanced social networking technologies such as blogs, wikis, twitter, etc. have enabled users to create online communities, exchange information and distribute resources more effectively and efficiently than ever. This presents exciting opportunities to enhance interaction for educational purposes.

With the ease and instantaneousness of social networking, users can engage in more meaningful interaction, more in-depth reflections and more critical thinking. As the new technologies offer great educational potential, it is important to consider their pedagogical implications and explore innovative strategies to promote interaction.

It is also equally important to address possible issues and pitfalls associated with these technologies, as the velocity of social networking media can attract harmful interactions such as cyberbullying. In order to create a safe interactive learning environment, it is essential to be aware of these negative effects of social networking and develop ways to prevent and minimise the risks.

This special issue aims at exploring innovative strategies to promote interaction through social networking and also at raising awareness of possible issues associated with it.

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

  • Innovative strategies to enhance interaction through social networking
  • Creative instructional design for social networking technologies
  • Case studies of social network-based interaction
  • Design and development of social networking technologies
  • Issues and potential risks in social network-based learning environments
  • Solutions to problems associated with social networking

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 March, 2015
Notification to authors: 31 May, 2015
Final versions due: 30 June, 2015

Special issue published: "Nanoelectronics II"

International Journal of Nanotechnology 11(12) 2014
  • Random-work-function-induced characteristic fluctuation in 16-nm-gate bulk and SOI FinFETs
  • Modelling and characterisation of flat-band roll-off behaviours in LaOx capped high-K/metal-gate NMOSFET with 28 nm CMOS technology
  • Fabrication of highly ordered nanohoneycomb (ZnO/Pt) arrays
  • In situ indium-induced crystallisation of low temperature nano-poly silicon (LTNPS) thin film on ITO glass substrate
  • Growth and characteristic of high orientation indium nitride films grown on (100) silicon substrate
  • Study on nanoparticles embedded multilayer gate dielectric MOS non-volatile memory devices
  • Effect of Au nanoparticles added in nanocrystalline TiO2 film on the photoelectrode of dye-sensitised solar cells
  • Molecular dynamics simulation of the nano-ejection system with various interfacial wettabilities
  • Fabrication of large diameter TiO2 nanotube for bone morphogenetic protein-2 delivery
  • Effects of fluorine implantation on polysilicon with high-k Er2O3 dielectrics
  • Volatile organic solvents sensing using silicon nanowires array fabricated by spontaneous electrochemical reaction
  • Formation of Ni-driven nano-sized structures on Ag/Ge(111)-√3 × √3 surface: STM study
  • The effect of ethyl cellulose on TiO2 pastes for DSSCs application
  • Characterisation of self-ordered porous anodic alumina by X-ray diffraction line profile analysis
  • Cancer stem-like cells photothermolysed by gold nanorod-mediated near-infrared laser irradiation
  • The analysis of magnetic controlled DC sputtering AZO films