6 July 2015

Free sample articles newly available from the International Journal of Tourism Anthropology

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Tourism Anthropology are now available here for free:
  • Introduction: The tourist gaze 4.0: uncovering non-conscious meanings and motivations in the stories tourists tell of trip and destination experiences
  • Power in tourism research: the tourist gaze as metonym
  • Sacrilisation of secular pilgrimages as archetypal transformational journeys: advancing theory through emic and etic interpretations
  • Etic interpreting of emic reports of tourism behaviour: cross-cultural introspections of Hawaii
  • Consumer storytelling of brand archetypal enactments
  • Using the lens of Flickr to decode emic meanings about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on a tourism destination: the Jersey Shore

Call for papers: "The Financial choices of SMEs: Evidence from the EU"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business.

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) represent a huge portion of the firm tissue of the European Union (EU), but they do not receive sufficient attention. Although it is of major concern to SMEs in the EU, there is little information available concerning financing options for small firms. In fact, various scholars have focused their attention on larger and listed firms. This special issue aims to investigate the access to finance of SMEs. Access to finance is a key for business start-up, development and growth for SMEs, and they have very different needs and face different challenges with regard to financing compared to large companies.

The lack of equity invested in small companies makes these firms more dependent on other sources (e.g. bank lending). This special issue aims to investigate the financial choices of SMEs and to fill the gap in information regarding financial choices of smaller firms.

European Commission (2013), “2013 SMEs’ Access to Finance survey”
López-Gracia, J. and Sogorb-Mira, F. (2008), “Testing trade-off and pecking order theories financing SMEs”, Small Business Economics , Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 117-136.
Michaelas, N. , Chittenden, F. and Poutziouris, P. (1998), “A model of capital structure decision making in small firms”, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development , Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 246-260.
Modigliani, Franco and Miller, Merton H. (1958), “The cost of capital, corporation finance and the theory of investment”, The American Economic Review, Vol. 68, No. 3, pp. 261-297.
Myers, S.C. (1984), “The capital structure puzzle”, The Journal of Finance , Vol. 39 No. 3, pp. 575-592.
Venanzi D. (2010), Il puzzle della struttura finanziaria, Pearson

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Financial characteristics of SMEs
  • Internal and external financial sources of micro firms
  • The capital structure of smaller companies
  • Financing problems of SMEs
  • New financial sources for micro enterprises

Important Dates
Submission of Manuscripts: 15 October, 2015
Notification to Authors: 15 January, 2016
Final Versions Due: 30 April, 2016

Special issue published: "People, Social Responsibility, and Financial Markets: Issues of Emerging Markets"

International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets 7(3) 2015
  • A systemic approach to talent management: managers' perceptions versus employees'
  • Women's career development directions and possibilities
  • Online social networking and socially responsible consumption: X and Y generations' case
  • The effect of futures trading on spot market volatility: evidence from Turkish Derivative Exchange
  • Stock market integration: evidence from BRIC countries

5 July 2015

Call for papers: "Recent Advances in Vehicle Dynamics and Controls"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Vehicle Performance.

Vehicle dynamics addresses some of the most fundamental performance of vehicles related to handling, acceleration, braking and ride, and is thus one of the most important subjects for ground vehicles. Over the last decades, chassis control systems have evolved dramatically and increasingly impacted vehicle dynamics in lateral, longitudinal and vertical directions. In particular, vehicle dynamics control systems, such as anti-lock braking systems (ABS), traction control systems (TCS), electronic stability control systems (ESP), all wheel driving system (AWD), active suspension (A-SUS), active steering system (AFS) and various driver assist systems (DAS), have been extensively explored to enhance vehicle dynamics response characteristics, stability, safety, efficiency and robustness under various operational conditions and have been increasingly applied on production vehicles.
This special issue features novel methods, new discoveries and advances in the study of vehicle dynamics and controls with evolutionary approaches in an extended range of applications including performance characterisation, simulation, testing and correlation analysis, sensitivity study and robustness, active dynamics controls, driver assistance systems, simulation tools for control system evaluations etc. It brings together vehicle dynamics and control experts in academia and industry worldwide to explore current issues regarding vehicle dynamics and controls.
This issue provides a platform intended to foster emerging ideas regarding development of advanced vehicle dynamics and control strategy for vehicle dynamics performance assessment and enhancement.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Vehicle dynamics performance (handling, stability, traction, and braking) requirements, measures and characterisation
  • Handling, stability, traction, and braking performance simulation, testing, correlation, sensitivity analysis, optimisation, operational robustness and enhancement
  • Vehicle dynamics and chassis control system developments including ABS, TCS, ESP, AWD, A-SUS, and AFS
  • State estimations, sensory systems, actuation systems and their implementations in vehicle dynamics control systems
  • Chassis dynamics control system integrations for enhancing overall vehicle system dynamics characteristics and robustness
  • Active safety
  • Driver-assistance systems (DAS)
  • Simulators for vehicle dynamics and control system developments including Hardware In the Loop (HILS) and Driver In the Loop (DILS)
  • Impact of system hybridisation and electrification on vehicle dynamics and controls.
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 November, 2015
Notification to authors: 31 March, 2016
Final versions due: 31 May, 2016

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms are now available here for free:
  • Multiobjective learning in the random neural network
  • M/M/1 retrial queue with working vacations and negative customer arrivals
  • Modelling and analysis of gene regulatory networks based on the G-network
  • Strengthening the security of cognitive packet networks
  • A dynamic P300-based BCI speller using a language model

Special issue published: "Empirical Finance, Economic Policy and Business Performance"

Global Business and Economics Review 17(3) 2015
  • Sentiment analysis for the Japanese stock market
  • On the devolatised returns and dynamic conditional correlations GARCH modelling in selected European indices
  • Necessary conditions for constructing economic policy
  • Discussing the consistency of the Euro area: ten years after, is there a real integration?
  • On the time varying nature of herding behaviour: evidence from major European indices
  • A survey of the national innovation system
  • The role of power distance in the application of relationship marketing orientation to the internal business environment

Call for papers: "OR and New Technologies in Management and Engineering"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Decision Support Systems.

Operational Research (OR), as a multidisciplinary analytical field, contributes in many different ways in the design, dissemination, and management of several new technological innovations in management and engineering. Among others these include areas such as big data analytics, advanced manufacturing systems, green technologies, warehouse management systems, supply chain networks, route planning and transport telematics, e-services, and bioinformatics. This special issue aims at presenting the latest advances on the contributions of OR approaches in technology-driven areas in management and engineering, covering both theoretical/methodological developments as well as real-world case studies. The special issue also welcomes submissions that explore the connections of OR with other analytical disciplines (e.g. AI, soft computing, computer science, etc.), which promote the development of new decision support technologies.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Combinatorial optimisation and mathematical programming
  • Metaheuristics and evolutionary algorithms
  • Operations and quality management
  • Data envelopment analysis and frontier models
  • Data mining, business intelligence, analytics
  • Multi-objective optimisation and multi-criteria decision aid
  • Electronic services and commerce
  • Energy management, economics and finance
  • Logistics and supply chain management
  • Financial decision making
  • Marketing and forecasting
  • Agent-based modelling, simulation and stochastic models
  • Decision support systems
  • Group decision making and negotiations
  • Project management and scheduling
  • Optimal control and dynamic programming
  • Markov processes and queuing
  • Governance and policy modelling
  • Risk analysis and management
  • Fuzzy systems
  • Game theory

Important Dates
Deadline for full paper submission: 30 September, 2015

4 July 2015

Free sample articles newly available from Int. Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage are now available here for free:
  • Analysis of tripping factors of thermal power plants: a case study
  • Project based learning for quality and Six Sigma education
  • Enhancing performance of the health information department of a hospital using lean Six Sigma methodology
  • Capacity waste at thermal power plants in India: a Six Sigma perception
  • Identification of performance measures of Lean Six Sigma in small- and medium-sized enterprises: a pilot study

Special issue published: "Structuring and Restructuring the Automotive Industries"

International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management 15(3) 2015
  • Eco-innovation and firm growth: leading edge of China's electric vehicle business
  • China's automotive industry: structural impediments to socio-economic rebalancing
  • ASEAN economic community and the regional automotive industry: impact of ASEAN economic integration on two types of automotive production in Southeast Asia
  • Hyundai's dynamics of styling-driven capability development: a historical analysis of the 1970s-1990s
  • The social stratification of the costs of motoring in France (1984-2006)

Major milestones for Inderscience Publishers: 400 titles and 70,000 articles

The inaugural issue of the International Journal of Image Mining brings the total number of published titles in the Inderscience journals collection to 400. This represents a significant database of research and the collection will continue to grow as gaps in the collection are identified or new, significant and sustainable research areas emerge. 

To underline the extent of the research available, an article by Jørn Flohr Nielsen, (Problem perceptions by top managers in distant subsidiaries, in the European J. of International Management, 2015 Vol.9, No.4, pp.484 509) became the 70,000th article published in the Inderscience online collection.

Call for papers: "New Paradigms of Theory and Practice in Emerging Markets: Knowledge and Innovation for Sustainable Growth"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets.

The world is becoming increasingly interconnected across all fronts at an unprecedented pace; it is posited that networks, knowledge and innovation, and entrepreneurship drive growth and development. The rise of emerging markets and growth of global supply chains are attributed to globalisation and technology; MNEs were able to collaborate and form strategic levers using the power of comparative advantage and engage human capital worldwide virtually despite the national boundaries. The digital revolution also resulted in dramatic structural and organisational changes and disruption of traditional businesses, and job markets. The 2008 crisis amplified the weaknesses of institutions, and inadequacies of free markets in sustaining growth in OECD countries; whereas, most of the emerging markets were able to maintain a reasonable rate of growth and actively pursue inward and outward trade and investment. A number of emerging market firms were able to internationalise their operations through acquisitions and mergers as well as greenfield investments.

These dynamics continue to transform the business environment and the nature of competition in emerging markets. There is considerable interest in examining how Western businesses compete in these markets and likewise, the firms from emerging markets engage in matured markers. Managers and policy makers need to be aware of this shifting competitive landscape. In view of the strategic importance of these challenges, this special issue invites conceptual and empirical papers addressing these themes.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Institutions and economic governance
  • Global connectivity, knowledge clusters and entrepreneurship
  • Education, human capital and skills in a global context
  • Emerging markets and trends in competitive strategy
  • Management practices, OB and HRM in a global context
  • Finance, accounting and transparency issues
  • Marketing and communication in a connected environment
  • Sustainability growth: CSR perspectives in an emerging market context

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 July, 2016
Comments to authors: 30 November, 2016
Revised papers accepted: March, 2017

3 July 2015

Inderscience is media partner for Global MilSatCom 2015

Inderscience is a media partner for Global MilSatCom 2015 (3-5 November 2015, London, UK).

The journals involved are:
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Special issue published: "Inequalities and Natural Resource Management in Developing Countries"

International Journal of Sustainable Development 18(3) 2015
  • Incidence of forest activities on poverty and income inequalities: evidence from forest dependent households in managed forests' areas in Burkina Faso
  • Competition for irrigated land: inequitable land management in the Office du Niger (Mali)
  • Entitlement inequalities and forest sustainability in Côte d'Ivoire
  • When inequalities of opportunities control the pressure on forestry resources: a comparison of two sites in the SAVA region of north-eastern Madagascar
  • Exploring the implications of social inequalities in community forestry: emerging lessons from two forests in Indonesia
  • Role of relational social capital in transforming conservation inequalities and conflicts to sustainable solutions in developing countries

Free sample articles newly available from Int. Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy are now available here for free:
  • The Greek National Technology Foresight Programme: success is in the eye of the beholder
  • Scenario-based vision building of nuclear energy
  • Technological trajectories and sustainability: trends in Brazilian subsidiaries of Swedish multinational corporations
  • Sectoral foresight in Poland: thematic and methodological analysis
  • Objective, methodology and subject area of technology foresight based on bibliometric analysis

2 July 2015

Special issue published: "(Re)Understanding Business Management with Economic Rationality and Transparency"

International Journal of Innovation and Learning 18(1) 2015

Extended versions of papers presented at the XXIII Spanish-Portuguese Conference on Scientific Management.
  • Open innovation profile in small and medium-sized firms. The perspective of technology centres and business associations
  • Facets and outcomes of healthcare service innovation: a study of catholic service providers in Northern Portugal
  • R&D activity of university spin-offs: comparative analysis through the measurement of their economic impact
  • Facilitating organisational learning through teamwork-based knowledge management: evidence from Spain
Additional papers
  • Framework for selecting cloud deployment model in government institutions using BCOR, entropy and TOPSIS approach
  • Modes of learning and entrepreneurial knowledge
  • An integrated 'within' mixed research methodological approach: applying grounded theory to survey design

First issue: International Journal of Image Mining (free sample issue available)

The International Journal of Image Mining emphasises the extent to which image processing technology and data mining can help specialists in understanding and analysing complex images. Image mining aims at advancing traditional data mining from unstructured data to structured data. IJIM focuses on methodologies for extracting useful knowledge from images, and on the progress of diverse disciplines such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, medical imaging, and other related topics.

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

Special issue published: "Crude Oil Prices: an International Perspective (Part 2)"

International Journal of Global Energy Issues 38(4/5/6) 2015
  • Forecasting the density of returns in crude oil futures markets
  • The effect of oil prices on stock prices: a structural time series approach
  • Dynamic volatility spillover effect analysis between carbon market and crude oil market: a DCC-ICSS approach
  • Spillover effect of international crude oil market on tanker market
  • Oil price and economic growth: an improved asymmetric co-integration approach
  • Forecasting long-term and short-term crude oil price: a comparison of the predictive abilities of competing models
  • The dynamics of crude oil price movements: from financialisation of crude oil prices and price expectation perspectives
  • Oil demand forecasting for India using artificial neural network
  • Road transport energy consumption in the G7 and BRICS: 1973-2010
Additional papers
  • A bibliometric analysis of energy poverty research: results from SCI-E/SSCI databases
  • Long-term trends in non-renewable resource commodity prices: fresh evidence in the presence of structural breaks

1 July 2015

Research Picks July 2015

Miners versus farmers in Ghana
Mining could be a major factor in food security in Ghana, according to researchers in Ghana and the USA. They have studied mining and agriculture for the period 1989 to 2007 and carried out a preliminary statistical analysis that lends support to the idea that mining has not led to a reduction in agricultural acreage increase despite expansion of mineral concession. They did find that there is evidence of a relationship between mining and a decline in maize, sorghum and cocoyam production. Real impacts of mining operations on agriculture may be more pronounced at the farming community or district level, the team reports. However, they subscribe to the hypothesis that “resource curse” occurs conditionally, and it may be offset by proactive policies and sufficiently good institutions being proactive in regulating both sectors.

Owusu-Ansah, F. and Smardon, R.C. (2015) ‘Mining and agriculture in Ghana: a contested terrain’, Int. J. Environment and Sustainable Development, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp.371–397.

Remote control lab-on-a-chip
Piezoelectric devices that can act as switches and actuators in so-called “lab-on-a-chip” technology, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) could be very useful for running such devices and adding novel functionality for a range of industries where inexpensive, portable chemical analysis, medical diagnostics and more are needed. Piezolelectric materials change shape when a voltage is applied to them (conversely, they generate a voltage when squeezed). Researchers in India have now demonstrated what amounts to “remote control” for piezoelectric materials using magnetic resonant coupling to induce the shape-shifting without direct application of electricity to the piezoelectric material. Such a non-contact energy transfer system will be a boon to developers of MEMS as the problem of “wiring up” a piezoelectric actuator is removed from the requirements.

Nayak, P.P., Kar, D.P. and Bhuyan, S. (2014) ‘Energy transfer to piezoelectric component through magnetic resonant coupling’, Int. J. Nano and Biomaterials, Vol. 5. No. 4, pp.280–286.

Colorectal cancer clue
Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in men and women. Now, a team from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, have developed a computer system that can identify the presence of polyps from still frames grabbed from a video colonoscopy. Polyps are often a feature of the precancerous colon. Their computer system reduces the amount of information needed to identify polyps automatically and can rapidly process still images from colonoscopy. Tests on images from optical colonoscopy video database provided by American College of Gastroenterology demonstrated proof of principle. The process works well offline, but now the team hopes to develop it further so that polyps can be identified while video colonoscopy is being carried out and so provide the medical professionals with an instantaneous warning of something untoward in the patient’s colon that could be treated sooner, rather than later.

Biswas, M. and Dey, D. (2015) ‘Hilbert-Huang transform-based video analysis for detecting colon polyps using composite similarity measure’, Int. J. Telemedicine and Clinical Practices, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp.141–156.

Parkinson’s disease detection
Early detection of Parkinson’s disease might be possible through analysis of the patient’s voice given that 9 out of 10 patients suffer symptoms that affect their voice early in the disease. Measurements of several vocal parameters such as pitch, jitteriness, shimmer, glottal pulse and intensity in healthy people and PD patients provides the necessary data to demonstrate an algorithm that can then analyze the vocal parameters of undiagnosed patients when they present early to a physician. Although there is no cure for PD, early treatment can stave off the worst symptoms for some time and improve quality of life for many patients.

Vikas and Sharma, R.K. (2015) ‘Analysis of voice for differentiating Parkinson’s disease affected persons from healthy persons’, Int. J. Telemedicine and Clinical Practices, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp.174–185.

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