30 October 2014

Int. J. of Metaheuristics to publish expanded papers from 11th Metaheuristics International Conference

Expanded versions of papers presented at the 11th Metaheuristics International Conference (7-10 June, 2015, Agadir, Morocco) will be published by the International Journal of Metaheuristics.

Special issue published: "The Future of Islamic Banking"

International Journal of Financial Services Management 7(3/4) 2014
  • Derivatives in Islamic finance: the need and mechanisms available
  • Islamic banks and conventional banks within the recent global financial crisis: empirical evidence from the GCC region
  • Technical efficiency of single versus dual banking sectors: a comparative analysis of India and Pakistan
  • Market structure and concentration in Islamic and conventional banking
  • Two-step Murabaha in stock exchange as an alternative to commodity Murabaha for liquidity management
  • Analysis of challenges and opportunities in Islamic banking

Call for papers: "Islamic Entrepreneurship and Business"

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

Dana (2009; 2010) sparked interest in religion as an explanatory variable for entrepreneurship and business. Islam as a religion has given great attention to entrepreneurship and business. This can be seen in the verses of the Holy Qur’an and teachings of Mouhammed as a prophet.
 
Muslims as entrepreneurs have been progressively seeking to set up businesses that are consistent with Islamic principles of living, known as Shariah law, respectively establishing companies whose activities are halal (lawful), not haram (unlawful). Even though, according to Islamic principles, some business elements and activities – such as interest payments, alcohol, gambling, producing and processing pork, pornography and some types of entertainment – are not allowed, today there are a lot of Muslims that are successful entrepreneurs.
 
Islam as a religion invites all Muslims to be active and hardworking, which are characteristics of entrepreneurs and business owners. Islam encourages prosperity through the correct usage of the resources given by God. Entrepreneurship and business in Islam is usually based on these principles: entrepreneurship and business is an integral part of this religion; success is not only measured by the end result but also by the means of achieving them; Islam encourages people to venture into business; business activity is part of ibadah or “good deed”; guiding principles of entrepreneurship and business are based strictly on the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet’s Hadith (teachings) and ethics and social responsibility are based on the exemplary conduct of Muhammad (S.A.W.).
 
The aim of this special issue is to explore entrepreneurship and business from the perspective of Islamic principles, which are usually based on collaboration, teamwork, generosity and altruism. Both micro- and macro-level studies are invited. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches are also welcome. We also encourage writers to come forward with emerging and groundbreaking topics to diversify and widen research from the perspective of Islam.
 
References
Dana, L-P. (2009), Religion as an explanatory variable for entrepreneurship, The international journal of entrepreneurship and innovation, 10 (2),87-99
Dana, L-P., Ed. (2010), Entrepreneurship and religion, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Islam and innovation activities
  • Islam and risk management
  • Islam and financing sources of entrepreneurial ventures
  • Islam and business performance
  • Entrepreneurial intentions of muslims
  • Islam and gender issues in entrepreneurship and business
  • Islamic entrepreneurship and business education
  • Islamic entrepreneurship and business and economic growth
  • Islam and social entrepreneurship
  • Islam, ethics and social responsibility
  • Inspiring stories
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 March, 2015
Notification to authors: 30 June, 2015
Final versions due: 31 August, 2015

29 October 2014

Inderscience is media partner for ICI Meeting 2014

Inderscience is a media partner for the ICI Meeting 2014 (14-16 December 2014, Tel Aviv, Israel).

The journal involved is the International Journal of Electronic Healthcare.



Special issue published: "Comparing the Geological Disposal of Carbon Dioxide and Radioactive Waste"

International Journal of Global Energy Issues 37(1/2/3/4) 2014
  • Comparative assessment of ultimate disposal facilities for carbon dioxide and radioactive waste: overview and synthesis
  • Safety/risk assessment methodologies of deep geological facilities: results from a cross-national comparison
  • Comparison of monitoring programmes of ultimate disposal facilities for radioactive waste and carbon dioxide
  • Comparison of cost estimates of final disposal facilities for carbon dioxide and high-level radioactive waste
  • Public perception of ultimate disposal facilities for radioactive waste and carbon dioxide: results from a cross-national comparison
  • Comparing policy, regulations and institutions for geological disposal of radioactive waste and carbon dioxide

Call for papers: "Vehicle Active Safety for Intelligent Transportation Systems"

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

This special issue is dedicated to research pertaining to active vehicle safety in intelligent transportation systems. The emphasis is placed on the methods and techniques that enable vehicles to detect potential hazards, plan safe motions and drive with enhanced stability utilising the available sensing and communication capabilities provided by intelligent transportation systems.
 
Papers dealing with theoretical and experimental advances in this promising area are invited, particularly addressing current challenges. Emerging issues on the research frontier, industrial applications and state-of-the-art literature surveys are encouraged.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Stability control of automotive vehicles
  • Dynamics control of electronic and new energy vehicles
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Autonomous driving and guidance
  • Environment sensing, modelling and estimation
  • Obstacle avoidance systems
  • Vehicle motion planning with static/dynamic obstacles
  • Vehicle coordination based on V2V communication

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

New Editor for the International Journal of Aviation Management

Dr. Patti J. Clark has been appointed to take over the International Journal of Aviation Management. Dr. Clark is from the College of Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide in the USA.

28 October 2014

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from IEEE Int. Conference on Computational Science and Engineering

Expanded versions of papers presented at the 17th IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering (19-21 December 2014, Chengdu, China) will be published by the following journals:

Special issue published: "Sustainable Development and Finance: Perspectives in Latin American"

Latin American Journal of Management for Sustainable Development 1(2/3) 2014
  • The role of government social responsibility initiatives in creating national competitiveness: comparing the Latin American and European experiences
  • Communicating sustainability under increasing public budget constraints
  • A comparative analysis of the development of renewable energy in Brazil and Germany
  • Aircraft selection with DEA's triple index: an approach for sustainability
  • Bank efficiency in Brazil: the importance for economic sustainability
  • Latin America sustainable building finance knowledge sharing
  • The relationship between earnings quality and the probability of efficient investment decisions in Latin America

Int. J. of Information and Communication Technology to publish expanded papers from Int. Conference on Modeling, Optimization and Soft Computing

Expanded versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Modeling, Optimization and Soft Computing (30 November 2014, Bhubaneswar, India) will be published by the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology.

Call for papers: "Decision Making and Risk Management in Shipping"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Decision Sciences, Risk and Management.

Decision making and risk management is a research area well explored by academics and scholars from different disciplines. A significant part of the research focuses on operational and financial risks, as well as on risks at the strategic level. The importance of these specific research areas stems from the continuously increasing level of uncertainty in today’s operations for organisations. Globalisation has led to organisational structures, such as the extended enterprise model, where companies are dependent on supplier and customer relationships located globally. Such structures create significant challenges to daily operations, thus decisions at the strategic, tactical and operational levels related to investments and financial performance become critical.

The maritime industry in particular is associated with a number of risks related to decisions at the strategic, tactical and operational levels. Maritime organisations are faced with challenges related to investment and operational decisions that have an impact on the financial performance and viability of the company. Operational risks are associated with issues of routing, piracy, ports, suppliers, forecasting, etc., which are heavily dependent on the decision making process that takes place within the organisations.

This special issue aims to collect recent original contributions related to decision making and risk-related issues across the different sectors of the maritime industry, and to bring together both applied and theoretical research. It will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 2015 International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) Conference, but we also strongly encourage researchers who are unable to participate in the conference to submit papers for this call.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Risk management
  • Investment strategies
  • Human resource management in shipping
  • Network design modelling
  • Routing optimisation
  • Safety and security
  • Supply chain risk
  • Piracy
  • Oil and gas operational risks
  • Geopolitical risks
  • Financial risk assessment
  • Cruise industry
  • Market risks
  • Shipyard operations

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 30 September, 2015

27 October 2014

Special issue published: "Towards Knowledge-Rich Organisations"

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management 7(1) 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management 2012.
  • Toward the definition of domain concepts and knowledge through the application of the user story mapping method
  • Concurrent versioning principles for collaboration: towards PLM for hardware and software data management
  • Dynamic customisation, validation and integration of product data models using semantic web tools
  • Knowledge management and reuse in collaborative product development - a semantic relationship management-based approach
  • Expressing formal rules within ontology-based models using SWRL: an application to the nuclear industry
  • An extension of the core product model for the maturity management of the digital mock up: use of graph and knowledge to describe mechanical parts

New Editor for the International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering

Professor Michael Winikoff, from the University of Otago, New Zealand, has been appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering.

Special issue: "Solidarity"

International Journal of Business and Globalisation 13(4) 2014
  • Role of knowledge management in promoting research and development in business organisations
  • Internationalisation of film production: a historical review of movie making in Taiwan and Hong Kong
  • Scaling the impact of social entrepreneurship from production and operations management perspective - a study of eight organisations in the health and education sector in India
  • A study of interrelationship between individual level change factors with individual and organisational level benefits, in the context of firms from an emerging economy
  • Enterprising behaviour in an integrating competence framework
  • Approaches to microenterprise development: comparison of case studies from Maharashtra
  • Types of governance, financial policy and the financial performance of micro-family-owned businesses in Canada
  • Holistic support for micro-enterprise development: a case study of MITTRA

First issue: International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience (free sample issue available)

Supply chains and business operations are the backbone for development and growth of organisations and nations. Today's uncertain, turbulent environments expose supply chains and business operations to risks/disruptions that can significantly damage organisations and economies. The International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience presents the latest research/developments in supply chain/operations resilience strategies, highlighting theoretical research with practical applications. Besides being a theoretical platform for the academic community, IJSCOR helps practitioners bridge the gap between supply chain and operations resilience theory and its effective deployment and application.

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

26 October 2014

Special issue published: "Innovative Applications for the Cloud"

International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing 5(4) 2014
  • Bookmarklet-triggered unified literature sharing services in the cloud
  • Towards mashup optimisation with global constraints in the cloud
  • A multilevel thrust filtration defending mechanism against DDoS attacks in cloud computing environment
  • A LNS-based data placement strategy for data-intensive e-science applications
  • Towards an adaptive QoS-driven monitoring of cloud SaaS
Regularly submitted papers
  • Clock-controlled generators with large period output sequences
  • Privacy-preserving attribute-based access control for grid computing

Call for papers: "Measuring Service Performance in the Tourism and Entertainment Industries"

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

The tourism and entertainment industries represent critical sectors in the global service industry. For instance, international tourist arrivals have shown a continuous growth – from 25 million in 1950 to 528 million in 1995 and 1.08 billion in 2013. In addition, the tourism industry today represents 1 in 11 jobs in the world. International tourism also accounts for 29% of the world’s exports of services (UNWTO, 2014). The entertainment industry also boasts key figures in global business. For instance, the global entertainment and media market generated a worldwide revenue of nearly $1.639 trillion in 2013 and is expected to reach more than $2.152 trillion in 2017 (Bond, 2013), combining product and service offerings. These staggering numbers emphasise the importance for both managers and academics to better understand how these two industries function. Of particular interest is the role played by service delivery in these contexts which share a high level of intangibles and emotional content (Klaassen et al., 1998).
 
Over the last two decades the entertainment and tourism services industry have undergone major transformations. Firms in these service industries have realised that, in order to stay competitive and survive, they have to pay serious attention to their performance measurement (both at the financial and customer level) as well as their return on investment. In fact, the measurement of service productivity represents a very challenging task as productivity increase in the service sector is often difficult to achieve due to the characteristics of services (i.e. intangibility, heterogeneity, simultaneity and perishability) (McLaughlin & Coffey, 1990). Therefore, this special issue has the objective of presenting research in the tourism and entertainment contexts with a special focus on service performance measurement and/or ROI.
 
The aim of the issue is to examine how the service performance/evaluation literature (economic/financial/satisfaction/loyalty) can be applied to the tourism and/or entertainment contexts and to better understand how these performance measurements may improve firms’ strategic management of service encounters.
 
Submissions are welcome on any analysis related to service performance and delivery both in the tourism and entertainment sectors. International submissions are encouraged as a global perspective on services is sought.
 
While research in all areas associated with service performance measurement in the context of tourism and entertainment is welcome, some examples of possible topics are listed below.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Loyalty measurement in services
  • Service quality measurement
  • Financial performance of services
  • Economic analysis and performance
  • Return on investment measurement in services
  • Unique service characteristics
  • Innovative methods to measure service performance
  • Service delivery
  • Cross-cultural and individual differences in service performance measurement
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 March, 2015
Notification to authors: 30 June, 2015
Final versions due: 30 September, 2015

25 October 2014

Special issue published: "Web-Based Communities and their Supportive Role"

International Journal of Web Based Communities 10(4) 2014
  • The potential of online academic communities for teaching staff: findings from a pilot study of the SocialLearn platform
  • The social web of things: enabling the interaction of people and things on social networks
  • Development of a support group using a virtual space for cancer patients
  • Risks and opportunities of integrating social networking sites in the Australian and Portuguese workplace/communities: an exploratory study
  • The key is not to forget to be awesome: identifying narratives in an online community
  • A research methodology for studying distributed communities of practice

Call for papers: "Innovation and Sports Marketing"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing.

The critical role played by innovation in business is ubiquitous through the extensive existing body of literature on the topic, which typically supports positive effects of product innovations on the performance of the firm (Calantone et al. 2010; Szymanski et al. 2007), revenue growth (De Faria and Mendonça 2011) or profitability (Cozza et al. 2012). However, differential effects of product and service innovations are often cited. If product innovations seem to have direct effects on the firm’s performance, service innovations could both directly and indirectly impact a company’s performance (Bettencourt and Brown 2013; Eggert et al, 2014).
 
Sports marketing is a field where innovations play a critical role both at the product and service levels. Whether sports companies develop a marketing strategy for a new product or professional sports franchises try to better connect with increasingly demanding fans, the sports business environment is becoming increasingly competitive and innovation-bounded. With the expansion of TV communication networks, sports franchise managers are fiercely competing for market shares or viewership, which translate into a greater need for product or service innovation. If the critical role played by innovations in sports marketing is widely accepted, academic research in this context is relatively limited. Therefore, this special issue has the objective of addressing this gap.
 
The aim of this issue is to examine how the innovation literature can be applied to the sports marketing context and to better understand how innovative initiatives may impact different stakeholders (broadcasters, consumers, sports properties, etc.).
 
Submissions are welcome on any analysis related to innovation both for the marketing of sports and marketing of innovations through sports. International submissions are encouraged as a global perspective on innovation in sports marketing is sought.
 
While all topics associated with innovation in sports marketing are welcome, issues which impact on business or individual consumers include the example topics listed below.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Technological innovation in sports broadcasts
  • Product innovation
  • Entertainment innovation
  • Promotion of innovation through sports
  • Impact of rule changes on sports business
  • Branding of new sports/sporting events
  • Innovators in sports
  • Merchandising innovation
  • Adoption of innovation in sports
  • Cross-cultural differences in innovation adoption
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 March, 2015
Notification to authors: 30 June, 2015
Final versions due: 30 September, 2015

Special issue published: "Advanced Logistics and Transport"

International Journal of Services and Operations Management 19(2) 2014

Expanded versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Advanced Logistics and Transport (ICALT) 2013.
  • Towards a framework for ontology-based information retrieval services
  • Sustainability consideration within product lifecycle management through maturity models analysis 
  • Research on mobile communication systems in last-mile logistics to create an end-to-end information flow
  • A novel multi-criteria decision making approach for personalisation system
  • A multi-scenario model for empty container repositioning with uncertain demand
  • Seafaring staff scheduling
  • Reverse logistics barriers in Polish enterprises 
  • AmIs sustainability: evaluation framework based on fuzzy logic

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from 16th IEEE Int. Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Scientific and Engineering Computing

Expanded versions of papers presented at the 16th IEEE International Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Scientific and Engineering Computing (PDSEC 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:

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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