17 April 2014

Call for papers: "Dynamic Balancing of Mechanisms and Parallel Robots"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems.

Dynamic balancing of mechanisms and parallel robots has been investigated for several decades, but due to its complexity, not many researchers are focusing on this field.
This special issue aims to bring all researchers together to present the recent and latest advances and technologies in the field of dynamic balancing of mechanisms and parallel robots in order to further summarise and improve the methodologies on dynamic balancing of parallel mechanisms.
This call invites both theoretical and empirical studies on this topic.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Dynamic balancing of mechanisms
  • Dynamic balancing of parallel robots
  • Synthesising of reactionless parallel mechanisms
  • Reactionless mechanisms design methods
  • Reactionless experiment design and study
  • Any topics related to the dynamic balancing of mechanisms
Important Dates
Deadline for submission: 15 July, 2014
Notification to authors: 15 October, 2014

Special issue published: "Engineering Systems Perspectives on Asset Management"

International Journal of Strategic Engineering Asset Management 1(4) 2013

Extended versions of papers presented at the Council of Engineering Systems Universities Conference 2012 (CESUN2012).
  • Model-based risk-oriented robust systems design with object-process methodology
  • A bottom-up approach for energy systems - a case study on energy and service efficiency explored by human activity system modelling
  • Exploring expert confidence in cost estimates for nuclear power engineering, procurement and construction projects - a survey of nuclear industry experts
  • Methods for value assessment of water and sewer pipelines
  • Matching of resources and the design of organisations for project management
  • Relevant asset health information for executives
  • Asset management maturity in public infrastructure: the case of Rijkswaterstaat

Newlyweds, be careful what you wish for

A statistical analysis of the gift “fulfillments” at several hundred online wedding gift registries suggests that wedding guests are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to buying an appropriate gift for the happy couple. The details reported in the International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing suggest that most people hope to garner social benefits of buying an expensive gift that somehow enhances their relationship with the newlyweds while at the same time they wish to limit monetary cost and save money.

Yun Kyung Oh of the Department of Business Administration, at Dongduk Women’s University, in Seoul, Korea, working with Ye Hu of the University of Houston, Texas, Xin Wang of Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, and William Robinson of Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, USA, explain how their Bayesian statistical analysis reveals a bimodal distribution of gift fulfillment that shows this push and pull across more than 500 wedding registries. The center of the distribution pivots on the average price available to the giver of the gifts requested by bride and groom. The higher than average-priced gifts are the target of those seeking greatest social benefit and the lower priced gifts by those hoping to save money. Very few people buy gifts of average price as these do not appeal in either regard, the team found. However, gifts of extremely high or very low price often remain unfulfilled too for similar reasons.

“Across vastly different social settings, gift giving is often an act of symbolism, large and small, of love, respect, and sometimes war. The economic importance of gift giving cannot be overestimated,” the team says, “think Trojan Horse and The Statue of Liberty for disparate examples.” However, nowhere is the politics of gift-giving more sensitive than in the creation of a wedding registry by bride and groom and its fulfillment by their family, friends and other well-wishers. Gift giving is a multibillion dollar industry.

The team’s study perhaps reinforces what one might suspect of wedding gift buyers that a gift giver seeking a social benefit will largely ignore the price, provided the gift does not exceed their budget whereas the gift giver looking to save money will buy something that is not expensive. The statistical analysis made possible by the real data from online wedding registries corroborates this notion. The team asserts that online gift giving presents a unique and significant marketing opportunity. Indeed, they conclude that, “A better understanding of this area offers practical recommendations to marketing practitioners to serve consumers better and to increase retailer profits.”

Of course, in some cultural wedding gifts are purely monetary and there is no gift to buy, but presumably the same dichotomy exists for the giver with deep pockets in that situation too who hopes to enhance their relationship with the newlyweds at minimal cost.

How do external reference prices influence online gift giving?” in Int. J. Electronic Marketing and Retailing, vol 5, 359-371

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16 April 2014

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from IT4OD 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Information Technology for Organization Development (19-20 October 2014, University of Tebessa, Algeria) will be published by the following journals:

Special issue published: "Integrating Multi-Criteria Decision Aid and Artificial Intelligence Techniques"

International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making 4(2) 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the 75th meeting of the European Working Group on Multiple Criteria Decision Aid.
  • Consultant selection for quality management using VIKOR method under fuzzy environment
  • Evaluating the impact of nutrient abatement measures on the ecological status of coastal waters: a Bayesian network for decision analysis
  • Understanding and profiling user requirements to support the conceptual design in the aeronautical sector
  • Automatic generation of classes-interpretation as a bridge between clustering and decision-making
  • A personalised semantic and spatial information retrieval system based on user's modelling and accessibility measure

Net neutrality on balance

There is a war raging online between those who wish to modulate, control and throttle the flow of information, usually the internet service providers (ISPs) and content creators and consumers who seek neutrality. Net neutrality is the principle on which open democracy and social benefits of the communication age can best be played out, the latter two parties argue. Governments and regulatory authorities must guarantee net neutrality in other words. In contrast, the ISPs suggest that their being blocked from modulating the use of bandwidth cuts into their profits and will ultimately stymie technological development and the broadband upgrades to the services they provide, whether that is data, voice, video.

Researchers in Italy, writing in the International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management point out that net neutrality involves equity in electronic communication whereby data and information carried by an operator is treated uniformly regardless of the actual content, the application or service provided or the identity of the sender and end user. Francesca Di Pillo of the Universit√† degli Studi di Roma ‘Tor Vergata’ and colleagues have now analysed the pros and cons of sticking to net neutrality or pandering to the ISPs demands. Their results – based on a game theory model – suggest that even in a world of universal net neutrality the scope for large profits and reinvestment is steady and would provide the ISPs with sufficient freedom to keep their shareholders happy and at the same time upgrade the telecommunications technology as necessary regardless.

Consumers and content providers always see greater benefits in the net neutrality environment, the team demonstrated. Given that the European Union currently operates under a competitive scenario, regulators must take into consideration the user experience and any potential loss of benefit to them if ISPs are allowed to move from net neutrality to discriminatory regimes. Moreover, their game theory analysis shows that contrary to ISP “opinion”, they show that the conditions for network innovation can in fact also be guaranteed under net neutrality.

“Net neutrality versus discrimination in internet access: winners, losers and investment incentives” in Int. J. Technology, Policy and Management, 2014, 14, 232-249

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Ant colonies help evacuees in disaster zones

An escape route mapping system based on the behavior of ant colonies could give evacuees a better chance of reaching safe harbor after a natural disaster or terrorist attack by building a map of showing the shortest routes to shelters and providing regular updates of current situations such as fires, blocked roads or other damage via the smart phones of emergency workers and those caught up in the disaster.

Koichi Asakura of Daido University in Nagoya and Toyohide Watanabe of the Nagoya Industrial Science Research Institute in Japan have carried out successful simulations of the construction of navigational maps using this approach and report details in the International Journal of Knowledge and Web Intelligence. Following a major earthquake, tsunami, typhoon or other disaster it is crucial for those affected, including emergency workers, to obtain and share accurate and timely information about the situation as it unfolds. Lives can only be saved if evacuation to safe areas and shelters is not stymied by blocked roads, fires and other problems.

The team’s new system has two key features: First it utilizes the smart phones that are now ubiquitous across cities as networked, mobile sensors that can feed information back to emergency centres. The second feature exploits our understanding of the behavior of an ant colony. This provides a way to determine whether or not particular problems are recent or not, just as individual ants use pheromone trails, and the concentration changes in those pheromones to assess how recently a colony member left a particular signal and so find the optimal routes to and from the nest via food supplies. By using this approach to analyse the data from myriad smart phones as evacuees head for shelter, it is possible to build an active navigational map using the phones’ GPS and other tools.

The system circumvents the problem that would be almost inevitable during a disaster that closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras would be unreliable whereas sufficient numbers of wireless communication devices might remain active for sufficient time given a large enough number of service providers and communication towers spread widely across the disaster area. The next step will be to develop an ad hoc mobile networking system so that evacuees can themselves access these active maps rather than the present system that provides advice to emergency services for guiding evacuees. Such a network might also circumvent the problem of service provider outages by allowing individual smart phones to create a local network.

Construction of navigational maps for evacuees in disaster areas based on ant colony systems” in Int. J. Knowledge and Web Intelligence, 2014, 4, 300-313

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15 April 2014

Call for papers: "Management and Engineering: Matching Human and Technological Needs"

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

Traditionally understood as two different scientific areas, management and engineering are, more than ever, deeply interrelated. Indeed, more than ever we can see managers working and defining strategies in the technological, industrial and production arena, as well as engineers developing activities related to organisational management. In both of them the human being and technologies are in common. How to deal with both is really a challenge to both managers and engineers.
Today, in order to obtain the necessary flexibility to respond to the high levels of competition that they are facing, organisations are becoming more technologically sophisticated. Drawing on the latest developments, research and best practice, it is important to examine and better understand the technological implications of the latest changes that are taking place and how they affect the management and motivation of the human resources belonging to these organisations. Matching human and technological needs is the challenge that modern management and engineering are facing, to which interdisciplinary perspectives, to further our knowledge and understanding, are needed.
Looking to contribute to a better merging and interrelationship between organisations, management, engineering, technology and working and employee needs, in order to increase the efficiency and profitability, of modern and competitive organisations, this special issue of invites the submission of high quality research articles related with these issues with a special emphasis in management / human resource management and production / manufacture engineering.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following aspects:
  • The impact of production/manufacturing technology on organisational structures
  • Work changes
  • Matching human and technological needs
  • Human resource management
  • Healthy and safety in a technological environment
  • Work and technological changes
  • Workforce behaviour and technologies
  • Technological and organisational innovation
  • Work flexibility and technological changes
  • Learning skills and styles in technology innovation
  • Training effectiveness
  • Culture and organisational behaviour
  • Communication, participation and involvement
  • Production engineering/management
  • Financial engineering/management
  • Strategic management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Interdisciplinary management
  • Sustainable management
  • Operations strategy and planning

Important Dates
Deadline for submission: 31 December, 2014

Special issue published: "Statistical Monitoring and Detection"

International Journal of Quality Engineering and Technology 4(2) 2014
  • Phase II monitoring of linear profiles using a P-value approach
  • An economic alternative to the c chart
  • Monitoring variability of multivariate processes
  • A P-value approach for Phase II monitoring of multivariate profiles
  • Estimating performance degradation using intervals between upcrossings of a threshold
  • Design and application of multivariate CUSUM for quality monitoring of ready mixed concrete

Call for papers: "Micro and Macro Implications of Self-Employment as a Work Alternative"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Economics and Business Research.

Self-employment is viewed as a rudimentary form of entrepreneurship (Blanchflower and Oswald, 1998). While entrepreneurship as a whole is primarily focused on the acquisition and expansion of capital (Kao, 1993; Carland, Carland, and Hoy, 2002), self-employment is many times seen as an alternative work arrangement from being an employee of an organisation (Prottas and Thompson, 2006).
Despite the fact that self-employment is also the predominant form of entrepreneurship (Blanchflower, 2000), little research exists on self-employment. The purpose of this special issue is to critically explore both the micro level and macro level implications of self-employment as relates to both individuals and society as a whole.
Blanchflower, D. G. (2000). Self-Employment in OECD Countries. Labour Economics, 7, 471-505.
Blanchflower, D. G, and Oswald, A. (1998). What Makes an Entrepreneur?. Journal of Labor Economics, 16(1), 26-60.
Carland, H., Carland, J. W., and Hoy, F. (2002). Who is an entrepreneur? Is a question worth asking. Entrepreneurship: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management, 2, 178.
Kao, R. W. Y. (1993). Defining Entrepreneurship: Past, Present and ?. Creativity and Innovation Management, 2(1,), 69–70.
Prottas, D. J., and Thompson, C. A. (2006). Stress, satisfaction, and the work-family interface: A comparison of self-employed business owners, independents, and organizational employees. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 11(4), 366.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Impact on wealth creation and wealth distribution
  • Economic conditions of self-employed workers
  • Job and life satisfaction of self-employed workers
  • Entry into self-employment
  • Career stages of self-employed workers
  • Cultural impact on self-employment
  • Misconceptions of self-employment

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 December, 2014
Notification to authors: 31 March, 2015
Final versions due: 30 June, 2015

Special issue published: "Economic and Financial Processes in Emerging Asia"

International Journal of Process Management and Benchmarking 4(2) 2014
  • The process of income inequality development from foreign direct investment in developing countries: a system dynamics approach
  • Interaction among foreign direct investment, economic growth and foreign trade: evidence from India and China
  • Improving the process of financial inclusion for women entrepreneurs in Indonesia
  • Determining the factors which affect the stock investment decisions of potential female investors in Indonesia
  • Detection of manipulation of inter-bank overnight rate using Euclidean-based time series cluster analysis
  • Lowering the interest burden for microfinance

14 April 2014

Call for papers: "Big Data Analytics and Business Innovation"

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

Many organisations are working with unmanageably large data sets, or big data, and the importance of using analytics that can cope with this scale of information is considerable. Organisations’ ability to identify patterns and to gain analytical results to achieve competitive advantages creates great opportunities for business innovation.

Organisations are capable of harvesting relevant data and using it to make the best decisions to achieve innovations. In light of this, this special issue will focus on presenting innovative, high-quality research results in technical, social, and policy aspects of big data analytics and its impact on business innovation.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Big data analytics tools, trends and best practices
  • Big data analytics in e-government and policy
  • Big data analytics and business performance
  • Management strategy of big data
  • DSS/intelligent systems
  • Data management
  • E-business/m-business
  • Cloud computing
  • Models and frameworks for big data
  • Business model
  • Social network services
  • Emerging architectural frameworks for big data
  • Security and privacy
  • Web search and information mining
  • Cloud-based infrastructures (storage and computing resources)
  • IT innovations
  • Applications in business, education, healthcare, security, bioinformatics, law, transportation, and so on
  • Management of technological innovation/development
  • Critical technologies and policy analysis
  • Evaluation of technology/systems
  • Socio-economic consequences of new technologies
  • Technology-based economic growth and government policy
  • Entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development
  • Policy decision-making and stakeholder involvement
  • Information and decision technology

Important Dates
Deadline for manuscript submission: 1 October, 2014
End of the first review cycle: 1 December, 2013
Deadline for submitting revised papers: 1 February, 2015
End of the second review cycle: 1 March, 2015
Submission of the final manuscripts: 1 April, 2015

Special issue published: "Web Based Communities and Social Interaction: Retrospect and Future"

International Journal of Web Based Communities 10(2) 2014
  • Giving online support: individual and social processes in a domestic violence forum
  • Reconfiguring space: the collective autonomy of digital technology
  • Exploring the antecedents of trust from the perspectives of uncertainty and media richness in virtual community
  • Revising TAM for hedonic location-based social networks: the influence of TAM, perceived enjoyment, innovativeness and extraversion
  • Emergent dialogue as a prerequisite of learning and innovation in professional virtual communities
  • Communication, communities and shaping the future of education as online discussion board moderators

Call for papers: "Video-supported Online Virtual Classrooms"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments.

Online learning can be as good as or even better than face-to-face learning in terms of learning outcomes. However, the absence of personal contact in an online learning environment creates a number of challenges, such as the lack of classroom climate, insufficient visual cues, loneliness, and difficulties in observing students’ participation and engagement.
The use of two-way live video conferencing together with text chat can create an interactive virtual classroom where students and the teacher can see each other; students can conveniently ask questions without interrupting the teacher’s presentation; and the teacher feels more comfortable when he/she talks to the live students rather than to the screen. However, there might be additional challenges in an online virtual classroom. For instance, organising and facilitating group activities and monitoring students’ engagement when the class size is big become difficult.
This issue aims to provide an avenue for researchers to share their design strategies of using technology - in particular video conferencing - to create an online virtual classroom and the experiences and challenges they met in the implementation process.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Two-way live video conferencing for teaching and learning
  • Online virtual classrooms
  • Online virtual classroom design and implementation
  • Social presence in an online learning environment
  • Classroom climate in an online learning environment
  • Transactional distance in an online learning environment
  • Web conferencing for learning
  • Computer-mediated distance learning
  • Synchronous virtual classrooms
  • Distance interactive classroom conferencing
  • Interactive distance online course design
  • Live teacher-supported distance learning
  • Live video streaming environment
  • Online distance learning with live video
  • Distance learning with live video streaming
  • Video-supported online learning environment
  • Live and interactive online learning environment
  • Real-time teaching and learning
  • Synchronous online learning environments
  • Technological self-efficacy in online learning environments

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 July, 2014
Notification to authors: 15 September, 2014
Final versions due: 31 October, 2014

Special issue published: "The Unbound Influence of National Cultures"

World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development 10(2/3) 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the Annual Conference of the Euromed Academy held in Switzerland in September 2012.
  • The cosmopolitan generation and their motivation: a guide for manager to keep motivation
  • Does cultural competence affect the success of international strategies? A case study analysis
  • Perceptions of entrepreneurial personality traits: evidence from Greece
  • Social, cultural and environmental impacts of tourism in Cyprus: the need for sustainable development
  • Multicultural large construction projects: the key role of trust
  • Ethical concerns in cosmetics retailing: a comparative study of consumer attitudes towards cosmetics purchase between Europe and Asia with particular reference to Bangladesh and the UK
  • Intentions towards the sustainability of young adults: a cross-cultural comparison
  • Entrepreneurial species: influences of business and social contexts on indigenous and non-indigenous types
  • MTDP needs assessment in Libya: a case of international and joint venture organisation
  • Agro business in a changing competitive environment - Campania firms' strategic, marketing and financial choices
  • The contagious effects of the economic crisis regarding wood and furniture sectors in Greece and Cyprus
  • Strategic reflexivity in the hotel industry - a value-based analysis
  • The value of the 'triple pole' approach in bargaining for vertical cooperative advertising and the research challenges for the evolution of this topic in the cooperative advertising literature

11 April 2014

Special issue published: "Ontology Engineering and Web Semantics"

International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies 9(2) 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the Fourth International Conference on Web and Information Technologies (ICWIT’2012).
  • Lightweight domain ontology learning from texts: graph theory-based approach using Wikipedia
  • Towards a representation for multi-viewpoints ontology alignments
  • Facilitating the specification of WSMO ontology using model-driven development
  • Ontology and protocol secure for SCADA
  • An adaptive product configurator based on slow intelligence approach
  • Coping with interoperability and sustainability in cultural heritage aggregative data infrastructures
  • Metadata-enhanced exploration of digital cultural collections

Special issue published: "Wind Turbine Blade Technologies – Materials and Mechanics"

International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation 5(2) 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Wind Energy: Materials, Engineering and Policies (WEMEP-2012).
  • A critical review of future materials for wind turbine blades
  • Natural composites: cellulose fibres and the related performance of composites
  • Simulation of crack paths at three-dimensional corners of laminated structures
  • Plasma treatment of carbon fibres and glass-fibre-reinforced polyesters at atmospheric pressure for adhesion improvement
  • Nanoindentation of bleached and refined pulp fibres
  • Effects of sintering on microstructure and hardness of powder injection moulded aluminium composites
  • Humidity sensor-based ZnO/SnO2 nanocomposite synthesised by sol-gel immersion method

Special issue published: "Multi-Criteria Decision Making and Goal Programming in Operations Management"

International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences 7(2) 2014
  • From mono-criterion to multi-criteria decision aid: a necessary but unfinished evolution in operational research
  • Small and medium enterprises project finance: identifying optimum settings of controllable factor
  • Multi-criteria logistics distribution network design for mass customisation
  • Possibilistic programming model for fuzzy multi-objective periodic review inventory in two-stage supply chain
  • Job satisfaction measurement: the multi-criteria satisfaction analysis
  • A fuzzy goal programming approach for solving stochastic portfolio selection problem in a group decision-making context

10 April 2014

Inderscience jourmals to publish expanded papers from ICEB 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the Fourteenth International Conference on Electronic Business (5-9 December 2014, The Imperial Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan) will be published by the following journals:

Special issue published: "Contextualised IT Solutions in Engineering Optimisation"

International Journal of Information Technology and Management 13(2/3) 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the 9th International Symposium on Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering (TMCE).
  • Ontology-grounded validation methodology for innovative automobile development projects
  • An integrated approach and IT platform to optimise electric motor engineering and design
  • Integrating virtual and physical testing to accelerate the engineering product development process
  • Knowledge extraction to automate CFD analysis in abdominal aneurysm diagnosis and treatment
  • Microstructure simulation in isothermal chemical vapour infiltration of SiC composites
  • Mechanism synthesis: a comparison of adaptive and traditional approaches

9 April 2014

Progress in Industrial Ecology, An Int. J. to publish expanded papers from ICALS 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the 3rd International Conference on Applied Life Sciences (18-20 September 2014, Bangi, Malaysia) will be published by Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal.

Special issue published: "Computational Methods for Russian Economic and Financial Modelling"

International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics 4(1/2) 2014
  • Forecasting the real price of oil using online search data
  • Modelling financial returns and portfolio construction for the Russian stock market
  • What drives the Russian stock market: world market and political shocks
  • Time aspects of a fund manager appraisal
  • An empirical analysis of growth and consolidation in banking: a Markovian approach for the case of Russia
  • Statistical analysis and econometric modelling of the creditworthiness of non-financial companies
  • Are commodity price shocks important? A Bayesian estimation of a DSGE model for Russia
  • How Russian and Ukrainian citizens perceive the role of immigrants in their country: a comparison with European residents
  • The intertemporal general equilibrium model of the economy with the product, money and stock markets
  • Technology of development and implementation of realistic (country-specific) models of intertemporal equilibrium
  • Are inflation expectations in Russia forward-looking?