4 March 2015

Call for papers: "Big Data and Cloud Computing Challenges"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Big Data Intelligence.

This special issue aims to discuss the issues and challenges in maintaining big data and cloud computing, which is now a major threat to our technical environments. It discusses emerging problems such as the data which is growing at a speed greater than the computational speed and also challenges in storing such big data safely.

It also aims to discuss the challenges of virtualisation in cloud computing. It focuses on the development of cloud computing applications with hands on experience including virtualisation. The scope of “virtualisation technologies” includes techniques and concepts to enable virtual machines, virtual networks, virtual storage and virtual applications.

This special issue will also be a platform to create awareness with students, faculties and industrial community and with society regarding the usage of big data and cloud computing.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at ISBCC 2015 (International Symposium on Big Data and Cloud Computing Challenges), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Cloud architecture
  • Map reduce
  • Security and privacy
  • Cloud services and applications
  • Virtualisation
  • HPC on cloud
  • Big data science and foundation
  • Big data infrastructure
  • Big data management
  • Big data search and mining
  • Big data security and privacy
  • Big data applications
  • The 5Vs of the data landscape: volume, variety, velocity, veracity, value
  • Big data science and foundations, analytics, visualisation and semantics
  • Software and tools for big data management
  • Security, privacy and legal issues specific to big data
  • Big data economy, QoS and business models
  • Intelligence and scientific discovery
  • Software, hardware and algorithm co-design, high-performance computing
  • Large-scale recommendation systems and graph analysis
  • Algorithmic, experimental, prototyping and implementation
  • Data-driven innovation, computational modelling and data integration
  • Data intensive computing theorems and technologies
  • Modelling, simulation and performance evaluation
  • Hardware and infrastructure, green data centres/environmental-friendly perspectives
  • Computing, scheduling and resource management for sustainability
  • Complex applications in areas where massive data is generated
  • Big data and social networking concepts and applications
  • Emerging technologies in big data and social networking
  • Management issues of social network big data
  • Security challenges in big data and social networks
  • Social network and big data analytics
  • Open source tools for big data
  • Green computing for big data
  • Network infrastructure for social networking and big data
  • Social networks monitoring tools as a Service
  • Cloud computing for big data and social networks
  • Big data and the internet of things
  • Big data and decision making
  • Big data for wireless sensor networks
  • Visualisation tools for big data
  • Mobile cloud networks and big data
  • Social network data analysis tools and services on the cloud
  • Large scale bioinformatics data analysis and management
  • Case studies

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 May, 2015
Notification to authors: 1 July, 2015
Final versions due: 1 July, 2015

Call for papers: "Exploring Complexity in Organisational Learning and Education"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Complexity in Leadership and Management.

Complexity theory is a relatively new approach to the study of organisations, which derives from transdisciplinary developments in science. Complexity offers a frame of reference to investigate the dynamics of change and the emergence of new patterns of behaviour in organisations. A review of the growing body of research on complexity in organisations exposes a variety of understandings and methodological approaches towards change not only in organisations, but also in society in a broader perspective.
However, it is also possible to observe that among the different interpretations of complexity, there is recognition that processes of organisational change are related to learning. Therefore, we invite reflection about the contribution of the frame of reference provided by complexity theory towards our understanding of learning processes in organisations. Such reflection raises challenging questions such as:
  • What does the complexity frame of reference offers in relation to classical learning theories?
  • What are the dynamics of organisational environments from which learning can emerge?
  • What are implications of complexity to the planning and implementation of learning strategies in organisations? 
Not every discussion about learning is necessarily a discussion about education. Learning takes places in a variety contexts. Therefore, we welcome contributions either conceptually or empirically investigating learning in different sectors and organisational settings. However, we have a special interest in the contributions and implications of complexity theory to study and practice of management of educational institutions. The challenges faced by schools and universities at the beginning of the 21st century have many different dimensions. How do we prepare students for a world of uncertainty and constant change?
From an educational perspective, this raises questions about a conceptualisation informed by complexity. From an organisational perspective, there is a need for a better understanding of how educational leaders operate in contexts of unpredictability and increasing demands from different stakeholders. What is the relation between leadership and learning in schools and higher education institutions? What are the implications of the frame of reference of complexity theory to management education?
We are interested in both conceptual and empirical papers.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Ontological and epistemological perspectives into learning in organisations
  • Practice: implications of complexity to the planning and implementation of learning strategies in organisations
  • Organisational change seen through the lens of complexity
  • New theoretical perspectives of leadership and management of schools at different levels and higher education institutions
  • Learning and the emergence of innovative practices in education
  • Innovative practices in management education

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 1 October, 2015
Notification to authors: 10 January, 2016
Final versions due: 1 March, 2016

Call for papers: "Manufacturing Systems Monitoring"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems.

The monitoring side of modern manufacturing systems is regarded as the complement to their control side. Monitoring encompasses data collection, data processing to extract semantically meaningful information, and decision making based on such information in order to close the control loop of the manufacturing system, with various extents of human intervention.
Research in manufacturing systems monitoring is current for three reasons, amongst others:
  • Different manufacturing system paradigms have recently emerged, in each of which a corresponding paradigm of monitoring may be defined, e.g. reconfigurable manufacturing systems, robotic manufacturing systems including human-robot interaction systems, computer-integrated manufacturing, especially concerning modules with a renewed and augmented role, such as manufacturing execution systems.
  • Different manufacturing system simulation paradigms, e.g. digital factories, virtual manufacturing, e-manufacturing, etc. have been envisioned to work either in parallel to real manufacturing systems or as substitutes for larger or smaller parts of them, and their role in monitoring tasks has yet to be explored.
  • Advances in hardware and software technology, e.g. sensors, vision, RFID, virtual reality, computational intelligence, etc. enable new capabilities in monitoring and novel applications which were previously unthought of. 
This special issue aims to highlight the latest advances in the field of monitoring of manufacturing systems, encompassing mainly technological but also management issues. Papers of purely academic as well as industrial application backgrounds are equally welcome.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Visualisation
  • Diagnostics
  • State identification
  • Feature extraction for monitoring
  • Tele-monitoring
  • Sensor networks
  • Sensor fusion
  • Integration of process monitoring and inspection
  • Interfaces for discrete event manufacturing system control
The tools and methods concerned are, indicatively:
  • Artificial neural networks
  • Agents
  • Fuzzy logic/sets
  • Virtual/augmented reality
  • Petri nets
  • Knowledge-based systems
  • Machine vision
  • RFID

Important Dates
Optional submission of 150 word abstract for preliminary suitability scanning (by email): 30 April, 2015
Submission of a full paper (online): 30 June, 2015
Author notification: within 40 days of submission

Catching the drinking game bug

When the conversation fades and the food runs out, exuberant partygoers might turn to drinking games for their postprandial entertainment. But, be warned the ever-popular sport of “beer pong” could give you a little more than you bargained for, according to US scientists writing in the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health.

Paul Dawson and colleagues at Clemson University in South Carolina explain that “beer pong”, also known as “Beirut” usually involves 2 to 12 players bouncing ping pong balls across a table and attempting to land a ball in one of several cups half filled with beer. Each time a player is successful, an opponent must drink the beer from that cup. Ostensibly the game offers many of the challenges of other ball games, such as hand-to-eye coordination, hitting targets, volleying tactics, But of course, ultimately, the goal is to raise the level of alcoholic inebriation among the players and as such it has become a popular college campus pastime since its invention in the 1950s. There are, however, serious leagues and even a world championship with a not insignificant monetary prize.

The Clemson team, however , has focused its attention not on the socioeconomics of beer pong but instead on the transmission of microbial pathogens via the ping pong ball and the repeated imbibing of contaminated beer. During the course of a game, the ball is held in the players hands, lands on work surfaces and floors and, in the outdoor, or barbecue, version of the game may come into contact not only with uncooked meat, but with the ground and perhaps even animal fecal particles present in soil or on lawns.

The team found that most of the microbial species transferred during beer pong were not pathogenic, there was a greater density of microbes transferred during an outdoor game. However, there is nevertheless a risk of infection from players who have latent infection with Staphylococcus aureus or S. pyogenes, for instance. The transfer of pathogens from fecal particles is always a serious concern. In a parallel study the analysis of ping pong balls used in game play, the team also deliberately inoculated ping pong balls with a non-pathogenic form of the intestinal microbe Escherichia coli ( E. coli) in order to see how effectively this microbe might be spread among players during a game. Transfer was 100% the team demonstrated.

One might suggest that partygoers could have a more hygienic experience indulging in more traditional forms of entertainment at a party, such as chatting, dancing or making out…

Dawson, P.L., Han, I.Y., Lynn, D., Bailey, C., Taylor, A. and Martinez-Dawson, R. (2015) ‘Bacterial transfer to beverages during drinking games: ‘beer pong’’, Int. J. Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp.151–161.

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3 March 2015

Special issue published: "Micromanufacturing"

International Journal of Precision Technology 4(3/4) 2014

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Precision, Meso and Nano Engineering (COPEN-8).
  • Comparison of electrode wear in wire EDM for P-20, EN-19 and Stavax materials using artificial neural networks
  • Feasibility of using modified VPP approach in prediction of real time volume estimator (VRT) in µEDM-drilling
  • Numerical simulation of single resistance-capacitance pulse discharge in micro electric discharge machining of Ti-6Al-4V
  • 3D micro pattern generation by electrochemical micromachining (EMM) process
  • Dynamic response of a micro end mill cutter by mode superposition method and study of damping effect on its dynamic performance
  • Modelling and simulation of chemo-mechanical magnetorheological finishing (CMMRF) process
  • Estimation of magnetic and rheological properties of MR polishing fluid and their effects on magnetic field assisted finishing process
  • An investigation into the application of Al2O3nanofluid-based minimum quantity lubrication technique for grinding of Ti-6Al-4V

Call for papers: "Big Data Analytics, Infrastructure and Applications"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Big Data Intelligence.

With rapid developments in the advances of big data science, analytics and technology, big data is a key enabler for exploring business insights and economics of services, and in helping professionals to reduce risks by using big data facilities to make decisions.

In this context, big data is very promising but comes with big challenges in data analysis. This special issue aims to provide an international platform for researchers and industry and domain experts to share the latest advances in big data, as well as their experience, knowledge and synergy.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 2015 International Conference on Big Data, Cloud and Applications (BDCA'15), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Foundational models for big data
  • Algorithms and programming techniques for big data processing
  • Cloud computing techniques for big data
  • Big data as a service
  • Big data open platforms
  • Big data in mobile and pervasive computing
  • Big data mining
  • Big data analytics
  • Big data visualisation
  • Big data processing, resource scheduling on cloud
  • Workflow, management and optimisation of big data
  • Big data persistence and preservation
  • Big data quality and provenance control
  • Management issues of social network big data
  • Data mining
  • Clustering and classification
  • Big data in education and e-learning
  • Multimedia big data systems

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 25 July, 2015
Notification to authors: 5 September, 2015
Final versions due: 20 September, 2015

Special issue published: "Digital Human Modelling"

International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation 4(3/4) 2014

Includes extended versions of papers presented at the 2nd International Digital Human Modeling (DHM) Symposium.
  • The influence of muscle action on joint loading during dynamic finger pressing tasks in an open-source modelling environment
  • Certification by analysis and simulation validation
  • A musculoskeletal fatigue model for prediction of aviator neck manoeuvring loadings
  • Soft tissue human thigh and buttock finite element model to simulate vehicle seat cushion indentation
  • Using a formal high-level language and an automated manikin to automatically generate assembly instructions
Additional papers
  • Ride dynamic behaviour of coupled human-vehicle vibratory model
  • Complementarities of digital human models and ergonomic work analysis in workstation design: the manual packaging task

2 March 2015

Special issue published: "Business Intelligence Applications to Decision-Making"

International Journal of Data Analysis Techniques and Strategies 7(1) 2015
  • Information enhancement in data mining: a study in data reduction
  • Benchmarking thrift and mortgage finance companies
  • Selection of hazardous industrial waste transportation firm using extended VIKOR method under fuzzy environment
  • Mining association rules using hybrid genetic algorithm and particle swarm optimisation algorithm
  • Making strategy process intelligent with business intelligence: an empirical investigation
  • Module defect prediction under the Eclipse platform: the quadratic effect of software size and the influence of prerelease defects

Call for papers: "Employee-driven Innovation"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.

The aim of this special issue is to present and disseminate new knowledge in the field of employee-driven innovation. Innovation has a number of different sources, variations and foci, among these research-driven and user-driven innovation. Surprisingly, a relatively underdeveloped source and form of innovation is employee-driven innovation, i.e. innovation involving active participation by employees in and for the organisations in they are employed.
Employees are playing and can potentially play a much more active role in innovation, which can lead to the introduction of new products, services and work methods, and ongoing improvement in existing products, processes and issues of work organisation.
Although different theoretical approaches to work organisation based on a number of management theories touch upon employee-driven innovation as a factor for business development, there is still no major theory of employee-driven innovation. Employee-driven innovation (EDI) is a new research field attracting attention from a range of different disciplines and theoretical approaches.
Literature identifies employee-driven innovation as belonging to the broader categories of non-R&D innovation and high-involvement innovation. It focuses on innovative practices contributed by any employee at all levels of the organisation. Extant research takes as a point of departure the recognition that it is possible to gain access to such learning and innovation processes and to describe, understand and investigate them from the perspective of employees. This can be done by focusing on all types of employee in the learning environment the workplace constitutes, its work organisation, and its cultural and structural organisation of work tasks, etc.
This issue’s objective is both to supplement and advance theoretical and empirical-based knowledge in the field, but also to present new knowledge that is applicable for practitioners. The aim is to create a fruitful basis for further entrepreneurship and innovation management in firms and social institutions.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • How to conceptualise employee-driven innovation as a new mode of innovation
  • Exploring the employee-driven innovation concept
  • across nations and cultures
  • from the perspective of management
  • in a learning perspective
  • and worker creativity
  • as emergent and informal processes at work
  • in lean-organised organisations
  • in networks at the global level
  • How do enterprises develop capacity for employee-driven innovation?

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 August, 2015

Special issue published: "Provisioning and Management of Cloud Computing Services"

International Journal of Cloud Computing 4(1) 2015

Extended versions of papers presented at the PROMASC track of the 2012 IEEE 21st International Workshop on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises.
  • Collaborative knowledge as a service applied to the disaster management domain
  • Prediction of cost and performance of cloud applications
  • A decision-making method for business process outsourcing to the cloud based on business motivation model and AHP
  • An overview on coalitional game-theoretic approaches for resource allocation in cloud computing architectures
  • A refinement-based approach for building valid SOA design patterns

March Research Picks

Sending the right message

WhatsApp is cross-platform messaging software commonly used on mobile phones to allow users to contact each other in a quick and simple manner without the need for the complexities of email but avoiding the lack of privacy associated with status updates on social media. Now, Besma Allagui of Rabdan Academy, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has tested the potential in higher education of this widely used application, or app, with undergraduate students. Allagui explains that WhatsApp was integrated into the educational program to help students develop their English as a foreign language (EFL) skills. She reports that the use of WhatsApp helped most of the students to improve their spelling and vocabulary through its inbuilt spellchecker and the app motivated the students to write more. Of course, the specific app being used may not be critical to student development, rather, any collaborative tool that engages them and gives them an incentive to practice their EFL skills could be of benefit.

Allagui, B. (2014) ‘Writing through WhatsApp: an evaluation of students writing performance’, Int. J. Mobile Learning and Organisation, Vol. 8, Nos. 3/4, pp.216–231.

Assessing ovarian cancer risk

While ovarian cancer is only the ninth most common form of cancer in females, it is the most lethal gynecological malignancy. Up to one case in ten is thought to be due to inherited, or genetic, risk, but hormone replacement therapy (HRT), reproductive factors such as age at menopause and infertility also contribute to an increased risk of the disease. Conversely, pregnancy, tubal ligation and hysterectomy reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. Researchers at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA, have analyzed data on data 5561 women obtained from the US Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) to tease apart the risk factors and co-morbidities, such as depression, hypertension, hypothyroidism, among these women. Ovarian cancer most commonly occurs in the age range 51 to 70 years. While the disease is less common among Native Americans and African-Americans than it is in Caucasians, it is more often fatal in the former ethnic groups. Intriguingly, there is a greater incidence the higher the median household income, the team found.

Patel, B. and Mital, D.P. (2015) ‘Analysis of ovarian cancer and associated risk factors’, Int. J. Medical Engineering and Informatics, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp.175–189.

Cash from the crowd

Crowdfunding is big business – establish a social media presence and ask your “fans” to put their money where their “likes” is and a fledgling business can glean funds to kick start development and manufacture of a novel or niche product, fund a book, a movie, a computer game, a music album or almost any other commodity or service. US researchers have used “signaling theory” to investigate crowdfunding, specifically in China, where crowdfunding is very popular and widespread. The team found, based on an analysis of almost 200 projects, that signals such as the frequency of project announcements and calls to arms and the amount of the highest bid have an impact on the success of crowdfunding projects. However, the impact of these signals was greatest in the arts where movies and music projects were likely to be more successful given those positive signals rather than technology products, such as electronic gadgets.

Wu, S., Wang, B. and Li, Y. (2015) ‘How to attract the crowd in crowdfunding?’, Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp.322–334.

Powering up on cow dung and rubber seed cake

A new recipe for obtaining the fuel gas methane from renewable sources requires a titania catalyst, acetic acid (a component of vinegar), rubber seed and cow dung. The ingredients are mixed and heated to just 40 Celsius to obtain a large volume of methane. The approach represents an alternative to the conventional anaerobic biogas production methods used to convert biomass, food waste products, crops and dung into a sustainable energy supply, producing a 32% methane gas product. The titania, a bright white pigment also known as titanium dioxide, is a light-activated catalyst, or photocatalyst, for the process and the generic nature of the demonstration by researchers in India implies that it might be used in similar recipes to cook up methane and other hydrocarbons from different waste materials depending on local supply.

Kennedy, Z.R., Munisamy, P. and Murali, S.R. (2015) ‘Enrichment of biogas production from mixture of rubber seed cake and cow dung using TiO2 catalyst and temperature’, Int. J. Renewable Energy Technology, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp.1–17.

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Issue published on Green Economics Perspectives in Malaysia

International Journal of Green Economics 8(3/4) 2014
  • Modelling consumers' environmental responsibility and understanding of eco-labels: a conceptual framework for empirical research in Malaysia
  • Environmental valuation and environmetrics for sustainability in Malaysia
  • Factors determining stakeholders' perception of kenaf cultivation in Kelantan
  • A theoretical framework for mentor-protégé matchmaking: the role of mentoring in entrepreneurship
  • Corporate social responsibility towards the community: evidence from Islamic financial institutions in Malaysia
  • Reframing economic policy towards sustainability
  • Food security in Ethiopia: climate-resilient pathways, quantified benefits and farmer perspectives

Antibiotic resistant salad

Antibiotic-resistant strains of the food-poisoning microbe Listeria monocytogenes in unprocessed salad products are not quite as widespread as scientists originally suspected according to a new study from Malaysia published in the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health reveals that strains of the microbe falling into six distinct groups can all be found on such products, but 82 percent of those strains succumb to at least one of sixteen common antibiotics used in veterinary and human listeriosis treatment.

The idea of antibiotic resistance has been with us since the first antibiotic was prescribed and bacteria have evolved to combat the toxic effects of the drugs on them. However, the spread of resistance in strains of disease-causing bacteria has been of growing concern in recent years as so-called “superbugs” that are resistant to even the most potent of prescriptions are becoming more prevalent. There is therefore a pressing need for novel antibiotics with unusual modes of action to be discovered and developed by the pharmaceutical industry.

Now, Jeyaletchumi Ponniah of Malaysia’s Ministry of Health in Putrajaya, and colleagues at University College Sedaya International University, the Universiti Putra Malaysia, Kyoto University, Japan and Pradeep Malakar of the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, UK, have isolated 71 different strains of Listeria from minimally processed salad products from Malaysia. These were characterised using the tools of molecular biology: serotyping, random amplified polymorphic DNA-polymerase chain reaction analysis (RAPD-PCR) and antimicrobial susceptibility testing. All but one of the strains belonged to serotype 4, just one lay in serotype 1, the latter also existed as a solitary isolate, while the others could be categorised in one of six composite profile groups.

The team tested 14 antibiotics against these strains; excluding nalidixic acid and oxacillin for which Listeria has natural resistance. They found resistance to be high only against cephalexin. None of the strains could withstand chemical attack from imipenem and kanamycin. Those strains that displayed higher resistance to some of the other antibiotics had been sourced from farms known to have livestock fed or medicated on antibiotics.

“The antimicrobial susceptibility testing indicates that the overall incidence of resistance in L. monocytogenes isolated from vegetables is still relatively low,” the team says. “However it concurs with earlier findings that there are strains of the microbe, albeit in low numbers, that are resistant to a number of antibiotics.” The team concludes that fingerprinting and serotyping are useful tools for classifying Listeria and that they should be used for ongoing monitoring and screening for emergent or increased resistance to antibiotic drugs.

Ponniah, J., Robin, T., Radu, S., Cheah, Y.K., Ghazali, F.M., Nishibuchi, M., Nakaguchi, Y. and Malakar, P. (2015) ‘Characterisation of L. monocytogenes strains isolated from salad vegetables’, Int. J. Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp.137–150.

28 February 2015

Call for papers: "Advanced Engine Combustion"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Powertrains.

We invite the contribution of research and review articles for this special issue on advanced engine combustion in honour of Prof. Rolf D. Reitz’s retirement.
Prof. Reitz will retire this summer after a brilliant academic career. Prof. Reitz established the foundation of modern engine simulation and optimisation using CFD, from numerical algorithms and physical models to optimisation methods.
Many optimised combustion strategies obtained from simulation have been successfully applied to engine operation; for instance, multiple injection techniques, adaptive injection strategies and the reactivity-controlled compression ignition (RCCI) concept.
The aim of this special issue is to produce a research volume on the theory, modelling, simulation, optimisation and application of advanced engine combustion that is linked to, related to or inspired by the work of Prof. Reitz.
Potential topics that might be covered in this special issue include the current research activities of the contributing authors in the field of internal combustion engine research. Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • In-cylinder flow
  • Mixture distribution
  • Combustion
  • Exhaust emissions
  • Combustion engine performance
  • Fuel injection systems
  • Fuel spray technology
  • Fuels and their influence on engine performance
  • Mathematical modelling of intake/exhaust processes
  • After-treatment technology
  • Powertrain simulation
  • Conventional and alternative fuels
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 June, 2015
Notification to authors: 31 August, 2015
Final versions due: 31 October, 2015

27 February 2015

Inderscience is media partner for TU-Automotive Detroit 2015

Inderscience is a media partner for TU-Automotive Detroit 2015 (3-4 June 2015, Detroit, USA).

The journal involved is the International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems.

Special issue published: "Forensic Investigation of Highway and Airfield Pavements"

International Journal of Forensic Engineering 2(3) 2015
  • A rational approach for conducting highway pavement forensic investigations
  • Forensic evaluation of multiple cracking of a concrete test cell built over an open graded aggregate base
  • A predictive approach of dynamic modulus for characterising Florida hot mix asphalt mixtures
  • Incorporation of reliability of M-E pavement design using variations of backcalculated pavement layer moduli

Call for papers: "Knowledge Management Practices and Cross-Cultural Innovation within Global Contexts"

For a special issue of the European Journal of International Management.

Nowadays management scholars emphasise the importance of “context” to analyse more in detail the influence of knowledge and communication on the formation of individual and collective interpretive schemes underlying innovative processes (Holden & Glisby, 2010; Del Giudice et al., 2012). How do entrepreneurs stand up to the global challenge of competition and cooperation? How do managers deal with cross-cultural challenges in the context of innovation management?

The traditional response is that they need to create and encourage both knowledge management practices and diversity in organisational thought and action, within their firms. It is assumed (Tyre and von Hippel, 1997) that most of the knowledge that is useful to solve issues or create innovation is tacit and informal, and is disseminated through interaction, story-telling, and informal processes in action-nets or communal processes. Nevertheless, learning, knowledge and action are not necessarily self-supporting, but depend on the context (Jöstingmeier and Boeddrich, 2007; Murovec and Prodan, 2009). This leads to the observation that knowledge is not uniform within and across organisations.

Such differences have not been sufficiently stressed by organisational and management scholars at an international level of analysis. As Brown and Duguid (2000) have noted, they have often just considered the idea of shared meanings and organisational coherence as given. Yet the capacity to reach shared meanings cannot be understood as a premise but must be considered a consequence of learning activities, which have the purpose of creating an adequate degree of coherence within the organisation (Del Giudice et al., 2013). This, in turn, highlights the importance of thoroughly analysing the idea of ‘cross cultural innovation’ in order to examine the latter as an emergent property that needs to be constantly restored (Rogers and Shoemaker, 1971; Westwood and Low, 2003; Elenkov and Manev, 2005; Bouncken, 2009).

This special issue solicits high-quality papers presenting original research results both on knowledge management and cross-cultural innovation. The topics of interest to the special issue are divided into three main directions, albeit not exclusive:
  • Knowledge management inside and across cultures: analysis of the main implications of market and business competitiveness induced by knowledge management practices (mainly from an international point of view);
  • Cross-cultural innovation: role of the cultural context for the development of innovation in the national and international scenario (mapping applications for knowledge sharing, case studies, comparative analyses, cross-studies, network analyses, etc.);
  • Network relations for stimulating innovation management and cultural intelligence: centrality of culture to all international interactions, importance of the network relations both for knowledge and for culture sharing/transfer.
Brown, J.S. & Duguid, P. (2001). "Knowledge and organization: A social-practice perspective", Organization Science, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 198-213.
Bouncken, R.B. (2009), Cultural diversity in innovation teams: surface and deep level effects, International Journal of Business Research, 9(4).
Del Giudice, M., Carayannis, E.G., & Della Peruta, M.R. (2012). Culture and Cooperative Strategies: Knowledge Management Perspectives. In Cross-Cultural Knowledge Management (pp. 49-62). Springer New York.
Del Giudice, M., Della Peruta, M.R., & Carayannis, E. G. (2013). Unpacking Open Innovation: Highlights from a Co-evolutionary Inquiry. Palgrave Macmillan.
Elenkov, D. S., & Manev, I. M. (2005). Top management leadership and influence on innovation: The role of sociocultural context. Journal of management, 31(3), 381-402.
Holden, N.J. & Glisby, M. 2010. Creating knowledge advantage: The tacit dimensions of international competition and cooperation. Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press Jöstingmeier, B., & Boeddrich, H.J. (Eds.). (2007). Cross-cultural innovation: new thoughts, empirical research, practical reports. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG.
Murovec, N., & Prodan, I. (2009). Absorptive capacity, its determinants, and influence on innovation output: Cross-cultural validation of the structural model. Technovation, 29(12), 859-872.
Rogers, E.M., & Shoemaker, F.F. (1971). Communication of Innovations; A Cross-Cultural Approach.
Tyre, M.J. & Von Hippel, E. (1997), "The situated nature of adaptive learning in organizations", Organization Science, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 71-83.
Westwood, R., & Low, D.R. (2003). The multicultural muse culture, creativity and innovation. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 3(2), 235-259.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Implications of cross-cultural innovation on international competition and cooperation
  • Knowledge dimensions of global competition
  • Tacit dimensions of knowledge sharing and transfer in domestic and global corporations
  • Virtual knowledge sharing inside cross-cultural contexts
  • Cross-nation innovation management
  • Frugal innovation and diversity management: practical applications
  • Implications for productivity, efficiency, quality of a cross-cultural approach to innovation management
  • Knowledge management practices for international cooperation
  • Relationships between IT, KM and entrepreneurism at both national and international level
  • Open innovation inside global/cross-cultural contexts
  • Adaptive learning within global corporations and cross-cultural contexts
  • Networks of knowledge and knowledge clusters
  • Enabling technologies and standards for the cross-cultural innovation
  • Research and studies on ethnic entrepreneurship: implications for competition, innovation management and
  • Quadruple innovation helix model and knowledge management related issues
  • Services, applications, and business opportunities of cross-cultural innovations

Important Dates
Submission of Manuscripts: 15 March, 2016
First Notification to Authors: 15 April, 2016
Final Versions Due: 1 January, 2017

26 February 2015

Inderscience is media partner for 3rd Plant Genomics Congress USA

Inderscience is a media partner for the 3rd Plant Genomics Congress USA (14-15 September 2015, St. Louis, USA).

The journals involved are:

Special issue published: "Contemporary Issues in Internet Marketing and Advertising"

International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising 8(4) 2014
  • Understanding consumers' creating behaviour in social media: an application of uses and gratifications and the theory of reasoned action
  • Perception of Indian consumers towards social media advertisements in Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter
  • Facebook usage among teenagers - the effect of personality and peer group pressure; an exploratory study in Greece
  • Conceptualising and modelling virtual product experience for online retailers
  • Investigating websites' e-CRM features in building customer relationships: evidence from Greece

Call for papers: "Biotechnological Interventions in Environmental and Sustainable Development"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development.

Recent and continuing advances in life sciences have predicted that this will be the century of biotechnology. Applied to economic, environmental, health and social scenarios, biotechnology has been versatile in solving various challenging problems and has proved its significance.

Owing to the stupendous growth in various forms of science there has been an alarming increase in the level of environmental degradation in the forms of pollution, climate change, global warming, etc. This situation highlights the need for biotechnology and other sustainable technologies to address and overcome climate change in an effective way. The issue of highest importance to developing countries is reducing the vulnerability of their natural and socio-economic systems to the projected scenarios.

There is a need to emphasise the importance of sustainable development and environment protection in attaining the goal of a sustainable green society, and in order to deliver the benefits of biotechnology the national mission is expected to focus attention on achieving technological breakthroughs by developing very low-cost and eco-friendly methods and devices and making them available to the common man.

India's development scene today is at a tipping point, where opportunities abound and yet the challenges are also unprecedented. This scenario calls for dovetailing efforts to use biotechnology for providing better climate and growth in rural India.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 2nd International conference on Bioenergy, Environment and Sustainable Technologies, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Environmental biotechnology
    • Microbial conversion of inorganic compounds
    • Microbial ecology of biogas systems
    • Biological treatment processes
    • Bioremediation
    • Solid waste management
    • Environmental monitoring and biosensors
    • Biofertilizers and biopesticides
  • Climate change
    • Carbon credit
    • Carbon neutral economy
    • Climatic and environmental issues
    • Carbon balance
    • Reduction of GHG
    • Energy saving
    • Governance for low-carbon communities and infrastructure

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 25 March, 2015
Notification to authors: 25 April, 2015
Final versions due: 25 June, 2015

Special issue published: "Bio-Energy, Economics and Policy"

International Journal of Global Energy Issues 37(5/6) 2014
  • GHG balance of biodiesel production and consumption in EU
  • The impact of biodiesel policy over raw material acquisition: a study about Brazilian Biodiesel National Programme
  • European biodiesel market and rapeseed oil: what impact on agricultural food prices?
  • The potential of green gas in the Dutch transport sector
  • Analysis of competitiveness of a dairy property through reverse logistics: a case study
  • Energetic, environmental and economic potentialities of the anaerobic treatment of rice straw for the case of the Cuban enterprise 'Sur del Jíbaro'
  • Ordered weight averaging multicriteria procedure and cost-effectiveness analysis for short rotation forestry in the Basilicata region, Italy
Additional papers
  • Green transportation: need, technology and challenges
  • China's regional carbon emission intensity decomposition system

For all the Li in China

Coal from China could become a major source of the metal lithium, according to a review of the geochemistry by scientists published in the International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology.

Lithium is an essential component of rechargeable batteries used almost ubiquitously in mobile gadgets such as phones, laptops, tablet computers and in many electric vehicles. Worldwide annual consumption of this metal grew from 15100 tonnes in 2003 to 37000 tonnes by 2012, a 145 percent increase and demand is expected to rise even further as we move more towards sustainable power and electrical storage capacity increases.

Shenjun Qin of Hebei University of Engineering, in Handan, China, and colleagues point out that coal is a highly polluting energy source that is still widely used for electricity generation and other applications. They suggest that the recovery of valuable rare metals from coals or coal-processing byproducts could be a promising way to make the inevitable long-term use of this fossil fuel resource more economic, efficient and cleaner. Indeed, the extraction of lithium from coal would offer an ironic twist to its continued use.

The team explains that lithium has been found dispersed and even anomalously enriched in coal deposits, and is potentially extractable. They explain that two analytical techniques inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and inductively coupled plasma as an excitation source (ICP-AES) are widely used for assaying the chemical elements in coal and coal ash and either of these techniques could be used widely to optimize sources for lithium, or any given metal, for subsequent extraction.

The team has also reviewed two techniques for lithium extraction. The first, a patented technology for extracting both lithium and aluminum metals from coal ash involves sulfur sintering the ash and acid leaching the metal from the solution to obtain lithium carbonate in a yield of 95.6 percent, actually recovery of the metal is 60 percent. The second approach, alkali sintering avoids the need for the sulfur step but has a lower yield at 85.3 percent and a recovery of 55 percent.

“Although the investigation into lithium recovery from coal ash is still at a laboratory scale,” the team reports. “This progress will promote the green and efficient application of coals and would benefit to the lithium-demanding industry.”

Qin, S., Zhao, C., Li, Y. and Zhang, Y. (2015) ‘Review of coal as a promising source of lithium‘, Int. J. Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp.215-229.

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25 February 2015

Special issue published: "Uncovering Non-Conscious Meanings and Motivations in the Stories Tourists Tell of Trip and Destination Experiences"

International Journal of Tourism Anthropology 4(1) 2015
  • 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

Inderscience is media partner for 3rd Plant Genomics Congress

Inderscience is a media partner for the 3rd Plant Genomics Congress (11-12 May 2015, London, UK).

The journals involved are:

Call for papers: "Information Science Insights and Contributions to Enhance International Entrepreneurship"

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

The goal of this special issue is to explore new insights from the information science discipline which may contribute to the development of the field of international entrepreneurship, globally and across all cultures and economies.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Global collaborative systems and international entrepreneurship; see L.P. Dana, et al., "The Global Reach of Symbiotic Networks", Journal of Euromarketing 9(2), June 2001, pp. 1-16
  • Social media in support of international entrepreneurship across cultures; see R.W. Wright, et al., "Trends in international business research: Twenty five years later", Journal of International Business Studies, 1994, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 687-701
  • Knowledge systems technology and international entrepreneurship; see Hamid Etemad, et al., "The knowledge network of international entrepreneurship: Theory and evidence", Small Business Economics, 2003, pp. 5-23
  • E-government in the development of international entrepreneurship; see P.B. Cragg, et al., "The evolution of information systems in small firms", Information and Management, 1995, pp. 1-8
  • International entrepreneurship and the digital economy; see: Hamid Etemad, et al, "Internationalization as the necessary condition for internationalization in the newly emerging economy", Journal of International Entrepreneurship 8(4), 2010, pp. 319-342
  • Information systems and international entrepreneurship in developing economies; see G.S. Mort, et al., "Networking capability and international entrepreneurship: How networks function in Australian born global firms", International Marketing Review, 2006, pp. 549-572
  • Scope of international entrepreneurship; see: Stephen Young, et al., "International Entrepreneurship Research: What Scope for International Business Theories?", Journal of International Entrepreneurship1(1), March 2003, pp. 31-42
  • Directions for future research; see L.P. Dana et al., "International Entrepreneurship: Research Priorities for the Future", International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business 3(1), January 2009, pp. 90-134

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 March, 2016
Notification to authors: 31 May, 2016
Final versions due: 31 July, 2016

Special issue published: "Flipped Classroom with Technology"

International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments 2(4) 2014
  • What the flip: impact of flipped instruction on self-regulated learning
  • College students' perception of the flipped classroom: a phenomenographical study
  • Teachers who use flipping the classroom: professional development, feelings of autonomy and TPACK
  • A case study of learner and instructor perceptions of flipped course design and interactive learning environment
  • Flipping a high school classroom as a response-to-learner intervention
  • 'That's a wrap': overcoming obstacles for successful video design in flipped classes