24 October 2014

Special issue published: "Concurrent Engineering in Product and Service Solutions"

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management 7(3/4) 2014

Includes expanded versions of papers presented at the 20th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering.
  • Design for sustainability of product-service systems
  • New methodology to explore the role of visualisation in aircraft design tasks
  • A physics-based distributed collaborative design process for military aerospace vehicle development and technology assessment
  • Cellular neural network-based thermal modelling for real-time robotic path planning
  • Virtualisation and automation of curved shell plates' manufacturing plan design process for knowledge elicitation
  • Ensuring data quality beyond change management in virtual enterprise
  • Automated engineer-to-order systems - a task-oriented approach to enable traceability of design rationale
  • Understanding the influence of customers on product innovation
  • A proposal of body movement-based interaction towards remote collaboration for concurrent engineering
  • An evaluation of forecasting methods for aircraft non-routine maintenance material demand

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from Int. Workshop on High Performance Data Intensive Computing 2015

Expanded versions of papers presented at the International Workshop on High Performance Data Intensive Computing (HPDIC'2015) (in conjunction with IEEE IPDPS 2015, 29th IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium, 25 - 29 May 2015, Hyderabad, India) will be published by the following journals:

Special issue published: "Innovative Entrepreneurial Endeavours Embedded in Culture"

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 23(1/2) 2014

  • Transnationals in an English-speaking world
  • The capitalisation of guanxi and Chinese entrepreneurship: an ethnographic study of petty entrepreneurs in Guangzhou, China
  • From business networks to philanthropic networks: Chinese entrepreneurs and the SEE project
  • Migrant entrepreneurship, economic activity and export performance: mapping the Danish trends
  • Entrepreneurial intention benefitting from education, training and competence: Egypt and Iran
  • Education coupled with international networking: benefits for exporting in Middle East and North Africa
  • Entrepreneurs' innovation benefitting from their education and training and from national policy and culture: a global study
  • Innovation embedded in entrepreneurs' networks in private and public spheres: a global study focusing on China and Denmark
  • Firms' collaboration networks benefitting innovation: embeddedness in high- and low-trust culture, Denmark and Iran
  • Growth-expectations among women entrepreneurs: embedded in networks and culture in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and in Belgium and France
  • Gendering of firms' collaboration networks and innovation: a global study with a focus on China, Japan and South Korea
  • People's confidence in innovation: a component of the entrepreneurial mindset, embedded in gender and culture, affecting entrepreneurial intention
  • Cognitive effects on entrepreneurial intentions: a comparison of Chinese émigrés and their descendants with non-émigré Chinese

Universe, older than it looks

When astronomers (Bond 2013) first dated the star HD 140283, which lies a mere 190 lightyears from Earth in the constellation of Libra, they were puzzled. This rare, star appeared to be rather ancient and was quickly nicknamed the Methuselah star. It is a metal-poor sub-giant with an apparent magnitude of 7.223. The star had been known for a century or so as a high-velocity star, but its presence in our solar neighborhood and its composition were at odds with theory. Moreover, HD140283 wasn’t just an oddity from at the dawn of the Universe, formed short time after the Big Bang. Rather, it seems to be some 14.46 billion years old…which makes it older than the Universe itself, currently estimated to be 13.817 billion years old (estimated from the cosmic microwave background radiation).

Of course, it was ultimately revealed that the error margins on estimating the age of the Methuselah star were in fact much wider than the original research suggested, the astronomers add a margin of 800 million years. The error bars could have it a lot younger, which makes it among the earliest known stellar objects in the Universe, but certainly within the boundaries of time since the Big Bang. But, what of that upper limit on the age? Is there a possibility that this star could somehow be as old as the original measurements suggested but still lie “this side of the Big Bang?

Writing in the International Journal of Exergy, Birol Kilkis of Baskent University, in Ankara, Turkey, thinks so. In 2004, he introduced the Radiating Universe Model (RUM). This intriguing concept suggests that exergy, the energy that is available to do work and the first focus of thermodynamics theory in the 19th Century, will flow from the Big Bang to what Kilkis refers to a thermal sink of infinite size at absolute zero (0 Kelvin) far, far into the future. Using RUM, Kilkis calculated the age of the universe to be 14.885 ± 0.040 billion years, which is marginally older, in the grand scheme of things, than the microwave background estimate, but easily accommodates the original age of HD 140283.

Interestingly, Kilkis’ RUM theory gives a new dynamic value to the Hubble constant and suggests that the expansion of the universe has been accelerating since 4.4 billion years after the Big Bang, which may well accommodate the notion of dark energy. Moreover, this accelerating rate of increase is itself slowing, which in turn may be accounted for by dark matter. Dark energy and dark matter are, as have been discussed widely, controversial physical phenomena for which we have absolutely no explanation whatsoever, but we do have observational evidence that suggests they are real. In addition, RUM hints that Planck’s constant is not a pure constant at all but a cosmological variable, a point for which some supported was reported in 2013 by Seshavatharam and Lakshminarayana.

“The yet unasked-unanswered question is where the observable universe is expanding. If the expanding universe has a mass and volume, whatever its shape is, it must be expanding into another medium,” says Kilkis. That “medium” is of infinite size and lies at absolute zero, thus acting as a thermal sink for the universe, which is a thermally radiating source lying within the sink.

Bond, H.E., Nelan, E.P., VandenBerg, D.A., Schaefer, G.H. and Harmer, D. (2013) ‘HD 140283: a star in the solar neighborhood that formed shortly after the big bang’, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Vol. 1, 13 February, p.765.

Seshavatharam, U.V.S. and Lakshminarayana, S. (2013) ‘Is Planck’s constant – a cosmological variable?‘, International Journal of Astronomy, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp.11-15

Kilkis, B.I. (2014) ‘An exergetic approach to the age of universe’, Int. J. Exergy, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp.76–89.

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23 October 2014

Inderscience is media partner for 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing: Industrial Applications Global Summit 2014

Inderscience is a media partner for 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing: Industrial Applications Global Summit 2014 (25-26 November 2014, London, UK).

Special issue: "Advances in Logistics and Transport"

International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling 6(3/4) 2014

Includes expanded versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Advanced Logistics and Transport 2013.

  • Performance of system based on two ontologies in order to supply personalised information
  • Testing Bowersox and Daugherty topology in Egypt - an empirical study on the pharmaceutical industry
  • Estimating the carbon footprint of a road freight firm, perspectives to mitigate these emissions
  • Product lifecycle management approach to design a product and its optimised supply chain
  • Eco-logistics: environmental and economic implications of alternative fuel vehicle routing problem
  • Sustainability of Tunisia's road transport: is there an environmental Kuznets curve for negative externalities?
  • Analysis from robust control under environment constraint: application for traffic model
  • Advances in logistics performance in selected developing and developed countries
  • Optimisation of e-commerce logistics distribution system: problem modelling and exact resolution
  • Iterative simulation optimisation approach-based genetic algorithm for lot-sizing problem in make-to-order sector
  • Transportation supply chain safety assessment based on Ro-Ro ferry shiphandling difficulty model approach

Call for papers: "ICT and Technoprenuership"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development.

Technopreneurship is an ambitious programme which aims at creating a new type of successful entrepreneur in the domain of information and communication technology (ICT), as well as in the core technology area.
Business ideas related to ICT focusing particularly on the areas of health, education, finance, agriculture, public safety and key government services through the use of technology are welcome.
Researchers, start-ups, ITES professionals and academicians developing technology solutions for the improvement of the lifestyle of global citizens are encouraged to submit article to this special issue.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Smart education/learning: Aims to enhance smart thinking and enjoyment of fun educational services through better information technology systems is the main objective. Furthermore, to enhance learning capability, social skills and learning evaluation processes are also essential, and should also be developed.
  • Smart transportation: Focuses on developing technologies for intelligent transport systems (ITSs). Smart transportation systems apply electronic, communication, computer, control, sensing and detection technology in all kinds of transportation in order to improve safety, efficiency, service and traffic congestion through transmitting real-time information
  • Smart health: Aims to make it easier to monitor health improvement with self-medication through mobile devices, and to interact and communicate your health condition with love ones through accurate and ubiquitous services.
  • Multifunctional smart card: Design and development of a single card which is supported by both IC (contact-based) and RF (non-contact-based) interfaces and has excellent security. Development of various apps for multi-function smart cards which provide a high level of security and which can be continually updated as technologies progress.
Important Dates
Submission deadline: 15 June, 2015
Acceptance/rejection notification: 15 August, 2015
Final paper due: 15 October, 2015

Special issue published: "Perspectives of Smart Specialisation for Knowledge-Based Development"

International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development 5(3) 2014
  • Smart growth, smart specialisations strategies and impact of the technological districts: the moderating effect of business, geographical and institutional factors
  • Creative industries and knowledge economy development in Rome: the example of Pietralata District
  • Innovating urban policymaking and planning mechanisms to deliver knowledge-based agendas: a methodological approach
  • The innovation ecosystem as booster for the innovative entrepreneurship in the smart specialisation strategy
  • The creative city matrix: a framework for urban knowledge ecosystems 
  • Stakeholder e-involvement and participatory tourism planning: analysis of an Italian case study

22 October 2014

Call for papers: "Impact of Reconfiguration on Collaborative Enterprise Performance"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise.

This special issue aims to impart and share recent research, developments and applications related to collaborative enterprises.
Collaboration and cooperation are vital growth opportunities, but manufacturers, service providers and suppliers are uncertain of how to most effectively approach the rapidly evolving market. Enterprise collaboration is receiving increasingly more attention than ever before.
Reconfiguration can play a crucial role in collaborative enterprise. Reconfiguration introduces a means for system flexibility. This can be possible with the help of a modular approach and developing relationships among products, processes and resources. The data and information is also required to be made available to all stake holders of the enterprise. The concepts of commitments with penalties and subcontracting may also facilitate effective reconfigured collaborative enterprise. Thus, there is need to focus on the real challenges of rapid constraint evaluation for the designing and/or reconfiguration of present systems to cater for present/future collaborative enterprise.
It is also evident that enterprises value collaboration, choose between alternatives, integrate business processes, and participate in networking in both the local and global markets. This issue aims at disseminating the discussion and exchange of global experience in terms of models and means emphasizing how to design, run, control and optimise collaborative enterprises. A further objective is to share innovative approaches that are relevant to the sustainable development of the manufacturing sector in the global context.
Case studies and papers should provide in-depth insight into, but not limited to, the following areas in the context to collaborative enterprises:
  • Why, when and how collaborative enterprises are reconfiguring their business processes?
  • How they choose between alternatives?
  • What should the pace of reconfiguration be?
  • How do enterprises develop reconfiguration roadmaps?
  • What the roadblocks and areas of concern, as well as the challenges?
  • How can enterprises cope with the rapidly changing manufacturing environment?
  • What are the models or concepts that will support temporary alliances of manufacturing enterprises?
  • How do we measure or model the consequences of the reconfiguration process on the present and future demands of collaborative enterprise?

Important Dates
Submissions deadline: 25 February, 2015
Reviewer reports: 30 April, 2015
Revised paper submission: 30 May, 2015
Final manuscript submission: 15 June, 2015

Special issue published: "Sustainable Urban Mobility in Comparison"

International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management 14(3/4) 2014

Includes expanded versions of papers presented at GERPISA’s 17th international conference.
  • Passenger transport mode share in cities: exploration of actual and future trends with a worldwide survey
  • Drivers of carsharing diffusion in Germany: an actor-centred approach
  • Understanding the mobility-transformative qualities of urban park and ride polices in the UK and the Netherlands
  • A Pareto-efficient market-clearing mechanism for shared-mobility systems
  • Carsharing with electric vehicles in the context of users' mobility needs - results from user-centred research from the BeMobility field trial (Berlin)
  • Urban, sub-urban or rural: where is the best place for electric vehicles?
  • Promoting next generation vehicles in Japan: the smart communities and their experimentations 
  • Accelerating market diffusion of battery electric vehicles through alternative mobility concepts

21 October 2014

Call for papers: "Challenge-oriented Research and Innovation: Concepts, Practices and Policies"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy.

The notion that research and innovation can contribute to the resolution of major (grand or global) societal challenges has become pervasive in contemporary research and innovation (R&I) policy at both European and national levels. This brings forth a number of challenges in research and innovation policy design and analysis: How are these new challenge-driven approaches included in the prevailing repertoire of research and innovation policy and what kind of impacts may they have on the practice of policy making? What are current challenge-driven research and innovation policies and how should their development be understood and analysed? In which policy-making cycles has the concept (re)emerged from whom and why? How are challenge-oriented policies operationalised? What special features do/should challenge-oriented policies and policy instruments conform with?
These issues need to be addressed through a reflexive and forward-looking approach, acknowledging that while the notion of societal, grand and global challenges now drives, inspires and justifies an increasing number of policy instruments, initiatives and priorities, neither the concept nor the organisational models of challenge-driven R&I policy are anywhere near a crystallised and stabilised state. Hence, the rhetoric and practice of challenge-driven R&I policies, on one hand, and the analytical frameworks to understand and sustain them, on the other, are in a process of co-evolvement, obfuscating any simple distinction between theory and practice, and between descriptive adequacy and normative intervention.
The aim of this special issue is twofold: (a) to deepen our understanding of the evolution of the concept of “grand challenges” in policy discourse, and (b) to identify and discuss implications for policy design, operationalisation and analysis.
We invite in particular papers which combine conceptual or theoretical contributions with empirical evidence or comparative analyses. Given that the “grand challenge” orientation is inherently linked with future strategies and policies, we also encourage papers which apply a forward-looking approach in their analysis and discussions. Papers may come from diverse fields (such as political science, social science, organisational science) and relate to different debates within and beyond the research and innovation policy community.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • The meaning of the "grand challenges" concept and its relation with earlier policy developments
  • The politics of the emergence of the concept in policy discourse
  • Changes and implications for policy making and the operationalisation of policies
  • Implications for policy design and analysis, i.e.
    • in the form of assessments, for example, of current approaches as the "innovation system" approach for understanding developments,
    • or in the form of key issues, dimensions and tensions examined with a forward-looking approach that may have an essential bearing on this particular type of challenge-driven R&I policy orientation
Important Dates
Submission deadline for full papers: 28 February, 2015
Notification of acceptance: 30 April, 2015
Submission deadline for final versions: 30 June, 2015

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