22 May 2017

Free sample articles newly available for International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing are now available here for free:
  • A comparative study of multimodal digital map interface designs for blind users
  • Predicting financial time series data using artificial immune system-inspired neural networks 
  • A classifier fusion strategy to improve the early detection of neurodegenerative diseases 
  • Synchronous motor speed control based on ANFIS methodology and sliding mode observer

19 May 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Military Flight Training 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Military Flight Training 2017 (11 - 12 October 2017, London, UK).

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Call for papers: "Toward Sustainable and Entrepreneurial Business Ecosystem for Inclusive Growth and Innovation in Emerging Markets"

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

In the last decade, we have seen that emerging countries have been contributing to the world economy similarly to developed countries. This may show that the gap of income and wealth between emerging and developed countries has been narrowed. The important role of emerging countries is also shown by about half of G-20 members coming from emerging countries participating in developing the world economic policy. Furthermore, emerging countries such as Brazil, China, India, and South Africa have been supporting the world economy growth in the recent years. Along with these, the relatively high population growth and fast growth of the middle class income group have attracted significant capital inflow to emerging countries.

Considering the above facts, it is clear why emerging countries have become very attractive and potential markets for investors to start and establish their business there. However, penetrating emerging countries is not without risk. There have been uncertainties in these countries and globally which could affect the prospect of their business. For example, the World Bank report in 2015 shows that the growth of emerging countries has declined by about 1.8% on average from 2010 to 2013. This is caused by the slow growth of countries such as Brazil, China, India, and South Africa by about 3%. To make this worse, emerging countries such as South African countries have recorded the highest inflation rate in 2013 of about 7.6%. Furthermore, the declining of oil and commodity prices, the uncertainty of currency fluctuation, the contagion effects of regional/global crises, the capital market volatility, corruption, and the unstable legal and political conditions made investing in emerging countries is challenging.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Management in Emerging Markets and International Conference on Innovation in Business and Strategy (ICMEM – ICIBS 2017), 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:
  • Accounting
  • Agriculture supply chain
  • Corporate entrepreneurship strategy
  • Creative industries dynamics and challenge
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Digital transformation in emerging market
  • Disaster operations management
  • Economic and farmer rural development
  • Financial literacy and inclusion
  • Halal supply chain
  • Hospital operations management
  • Inclusive ecosystem business
  • Internationalisation from and to emerging markets
  • Investment and financial risk management
  • Islamic banking and finance
  • Management of innovation
  • Managing behaviour for business innovation
  • Marketing theory and practices for emerging market
  • Modelling and simulation for business decision
  • New product development
  • Public policies and regulations in creative industries and clusters
  • Redefining company strategy for emerging market in digital era
  • Retail
  • Role of cooperative ecosystem for inclusive growth
  • Service ecosystem on business innovation
  • SME's entrepreneurship as an innovation driver
  • Social interaction
  • Strategic operation management
  • The e-marketing role in emerging market and entrepreneurship
  • The role of emerging markets in international business ecosystem

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 27 October, 2017
Notification to authors: 5 January, 2018
Final versions due by: 9 March, 2018

Material definition of humanity

We define human history through the materials we use: the stone age, the bronze age, the iron age. Perhaps we now live in the plastic age. The next epoch may well be the nanocomposite age. Art and architecture, transport and healthcare, the industrial revolution, the electronics revolution, and beyond all depend on materials and the formulation of novel materials in particular for their evolution.
Writing in the International Journal of Nuclear Knowledge Management, Ganesh Surwase and B.S. Kademani of the Scientific Information Resource Division, at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, in Mumbai, India, discuss the evolution of materials chemistry through a survey of almost 70000 research papers in the Scopus database published from the years 2008 to 2012.
The researchers have looked at annual growth of papers and citations, the distribution of sources of papers and citations at the international and national levels. They have also looked at publication efficiency index and activity index, the distribution of papers by institution and by which are the preferred journals in which such papers appear.
“Materials science is an interdisciplinary field involving the properties of matter and its applications to various areas of science and engineering,” the team says. “This scientific field investigates the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales and their macroscopic properties. It incorporates elements of applied physics and chemistry.”
The team reports exponential growth of the scientific literature across materials science. Almost 70000 papers were published in the field receiving almost half a million citations. Asian countries lead the way in terms of numbers of papers published followed by Europe and North America with China the most prolific nation, followed by the USA, Japan, Germany, India, and South Korea.
Surwase, G. and Kademani, B.S. (2017) ‘Global research trends in materials chemistry: a scientometric perspective’, Int. J. Nuclear Knowledge Management, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp.58–71.

18 May 2017

Free sample articles newly available from Interdisciplinary Environmental Review

The following sample articles from the Interdisciplinary Environmental Review are now available here for free:
  • Evolution of coastal landforms during the Holocene Epoch along the west and southeast coasts of Sri Lanka
  • Estimating recreational value of Mahatama Gandhi Marine National Park, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India 
  • Insights from two case studies on the socio-economic status of women farmers in low-income societies 
  • Do stringent environmental regulations cause firm relocations and job loss? A case study of the wood furniture industry in Southern California 
  • 'Environmental governance' and 'ecosystem management': avenues for synergies between two approaches

Inderscience is media partner for Modeling, Simulation and Testing of Automotive Lightweight Materials Congress 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Modeling, Simulation and Testing of Automotive Lightweight Materials Congress 2017 (26-27 July 2017, Detroit, USA).

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16 May 2017

Call for papers: "Advances in Laser-Based Manufacturing"

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

This special issue aims to bring researchers together to present the latest advances in the field of laser-based manufacturing processes, equipment and related systems, including process innovation, process modelling, process control and optimisation, computational modelling and data analytics.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Reviews of current laser-based manufacturing and applications
  • Novel applications of laser-based manufacturing
  • New or modified laser-based manufacturing techniques
  • Laser material processing system design and computer integration
  • Sensor fusion and process control for laser-based manufacturing
  • Mechatronics for laser-based manufacturing
  • Laser forming, welding, cutting and polishing systems
  • Laser-based additive manufacturing systems
  • Intelligent process strategy generation and optimisation
  • Decision support systems for laser-based manufacturing
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 1 September, 2017
Notification to authors: 1 November, 2017
Final versions due by: 1 December, 2017

Weaponizing the internet for terrorism

Terrorism is a fact of life (and death) as are the collectives and networks to which counter-terrorism organizations and the media have given various labels and names. These networks are well versed in exploiting modern information technology through social media awareness, marketing and recruitment campaigns. However, there is the more insidious use by terrorists groups of online networks and exploits in the creation of so-called bots (computers that have been compromised through the implementation of malware and control over which has been assumed by a third party, or more likely a third party control a lot array of such bots in a botnet.

Writing in the International Journal of Collaborative Intelligence, Emmanuel Ogu of the Department of Computer Science, at Babcock University, in Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria, and colleagues suggest that the problems caused by botnets in terms of interfering with infrastructure, healthcare services, transport, power supply and other critical parts of the modern world are not very different to those caused by the more familiar notion of terrorist attacks involving explosives and weapons. Events across the globe in mid-May 2017 saw the rapid and devastating spread of so-called ransomware to hospitals, companies, organizations, and individuals. Whether or not this was a specific attack by a particular group is irrelevant the impact was enormous on those waiting for healthcare attention, for instance.

A similar “attack” on an even bigger scale might see power supply outages brought about by malware-toting botnets operated by those with malicious intent where there is no simple financial extortion, rather crippling and even physically destroying infrastructure is the aim of the perpetrators.

“Fighting bots and keeping them away from network infrastructures has gradually become the nightmare of every network security professional,” the team says. Fundamentally, this is because although individual computers may be wiped of malware and systems patches or a botnet disabled, the distributed and infectious nature of the computer viruses, worms and other malware that propagate the controls with which the “botmaster” will rally the compromised computers are always being modified to counteract antivirus software. The researchers warn that research shows we are not too far away from a new wave of insurgency and terrorism that may gradually overtake the internet and many organizational network infrastructures around the world.

“Just as the secret to dismantling terrorist networks have been proven to lie in destroying the ability of the terror group to recruit, train, control and coordinate their activities (essentially by completely taking out their command and control infrastructure), the secret to ridding the internet of botnets, perhaps, also depends on similar means,” the team suggests. “Intelligence reports are useless if they do not lead to informed decisions and actions,” they add. Warnings of out of date operating systems, web browsers and email programs, unpatched computers, and the non-implementation of firewalls and antivirus software seem to be unheeded in too many cases. If those warnings are left unheeded by the users of infrastructure critical computers in healthcare, transportation, industry, power supply other areas, then the inherent vulnerabilities might be exploited by those with malicious intent repeatedly whether for financial gain, terrorist propaganda and control or both.

Ogu, E.C., Ogu, M.I. and Ogu, C. (2016) ‘Insights from terrorism intelligence and eradication efforts – Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram – for more pragmatic botnet countermeasures’, Int. J. Collaborative Intelligence, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp.258–274.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Revenue Management

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Revenue Management are now available here for free:
  • An exploratory study of price movements along booking profiles in the airline industry in the Indian domestic market
  • The relationship between personality traits and investment risk preference
  • Model selection for merger and acquisition analysis in Asian emerging markets
  • Mathematical model for revenue management under oligopolistic competition
  • Advanced sales and competition in a service industry

Call for papers: "Advances in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Systems"

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

This special issue aims to bring together researchers to present the latest advances in the field of additive manufacturing and 3D printing processes, equipment and related sub-systems, including process innovation, material development, process modelling, control and optimisation, digital design, computational modelling and data analysis.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Reviews of recent additive manufacturing and 3D systems
  • New or modified 3D printing and additive manufacturing processes
  • In-situ process monitoring and computer integration
  • Improvement of existing processes for additive manufacturing
  • Sensor fusion for additive manufacturing
  • Reverse engineering and product repair using additive manufacturing
  • Intelligent strategy generation and optimisation
  • Topology optimisation and CAD systems
  • Decision support systems for material and process selection
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 1 November, 2017
Notification to authors: 1 January, 2018
Final versions due by: 1 February, 2018

15 May 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Biometrics

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Biometrics are now available here for free:
  • Novel ear-assisted 3D face recognition under expression variations
  • Two-level dimensionality reduced local directional pattern for face recognition
  • Multimodal biometric cryptosystem based on fusion of wavelet and curvelet features in robust security application
  • Multi-resolution elongated CS-LDP with Gabor feature for face recognition
  • Overview and challenges of palm vein biometric system

Special issue published: "Business Diplomacy"

International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy 3(3) 2017
  • Grand design of Indonesia's economic diplomacy: economic diplomacy index approach
  • Black gold: corporate diplomatic ties of Maersk in Brazil
  • Business diplomacy: asymmetry and symmetry of power in negotiations between multi-nationals and governments in the case of Areva and Niger 
  • How do MNCs conduct business diplomacy? Exploratory study on business diplomacy instruments
Additional paper
  • 264-278 Enhancing international dispute settlement: the role of sports diplomacy

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Space-Based and Situated Computing

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Space-Based and Situated Computing are now available here for free:
  • Monitoring and auditing mobile operating systems
  • A read-write abortion protocol to prevent illegal information flow in role-based access control systems
  • The digital contents management system based on position information initiate fusion of AR and sensor technology
  • A road condition monitoring system using various sensor data in vehicle-to-vehicle communication environment
  • Delay tolerant networks-based vehicle-to-vehicle wireless networks for road surveillance systems in local areas
  • Evaluations of commodity WiFi-based multihop access network for disaster recovery

Research Picks Extra – May 2017

When the boot’s on the other foot
A collaboration between researchers in Scotland and China could help make football sliding tackles slicker as well as reducing the risk of injury on the pitch. The researchers have tested different “stud” configurations on the outer soles of soccer footwear with experienced players to determine which is the most effective for straight ahead running, sharp turns and sidesteps. They have also looked at impact on knee loading and risk of the common anterior cruciate ligament injury that afflicts many footballers. Risk of metatarsal stress fracture and even formation of calluses was investigated. They found that footwear with firm ground design outperformed those cleat configurations designed for artificial ground design and turf when used on natural turf in terms of athletic performance. Counter to that, however, was a great risk of knee of foot injuries. In other words, at the end of the day, as ever, it’s a game of two halves when it comes to football boots.
Sun, D., Gu, Y., Mei, Q. and Baker, J.S. (2017) ‘Different soccer stud configurations effect on running and cutting movements’, Int. J. Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp.19–32

Obscuring digital fingerprints
Researchers from Japan and Norway have worked on the problem of copyright protection and specifically how a digital watermark, or fingerprint, might be transparently embedded in a digital file or multimedia object. They have tested just how well the commonly used spread spectrum fingerprinting resists “hacking” and have defined a mathematical argument for the effectiveness of the so-called moderated minority extreme (MMX) attack and offer several new ideas on how copyright holders might protect their commodities from such attacks which would otherwise facilitate untraceable file sharing facilitated by such attacks. Security through obfuscation seems to work, the team suggests, if the “pirates” are unaware of the presence of the digital fingerprint, then an attack will not be possible unless the attacker has the obfuscating key for the protection.
Schaathun, H.G. and Kuribayashi, M. (2017) ‘Obfuscation in digital fingerprinting’, Int. J. Information and Coding Theory, Vol. 4, Nos. 2/3, pp.185–200.

Personalized asthma care in the cloud
Asthma, a serious and potentially life-threatening inflammatory disorder of the lungs. Patients are often encouraged by their physician to manage their own inhaler and drug use in this disease, monitoring indicators of lung health, such as peak flow, and ensuring that they comply with their medication instructions. Researchers in India point out that electronic healthcare systems exist for the general patients of hospitals, clinics and other health centers. However, there is a growing need for e-healthcare, in the cloud, for patients of specific diseases and disorders in order to provide targeted information and recommendations. The team has now proposed an Asthma Healthcare Service Recommendation System (AHSRS) for asthma patients that works using remote servers and is accessible through cloud technology via desktop or mobile computing device, such as a tablet or smart phone. Such a system targeted at a specific disease can be more focused and avoid information overload of patients seeking advice and recommendations only for their particular condition.
Rani, A. and Kalra, S. (2017) ‘Personalised recommendation system for asthma patients using cloud’, Int. J. Telemedicine and Clinical Practices, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp.100–120.

Self-sharpening tools
Ultra-precision processing in industry requires ultra-precision equipment. Unfortunately, all tools suffer from wear and tear in use. Now, a team from China has turned to nanotechnology to help them design a system for the likes of fine super-hard grinding wheel, diamond grinding wheels and carbon boron nitride grinding wheels. These abrasive tools have added fillers – zinc, calcium oxide, silica with iron chloride solution as a binder – that allow them to shed worn abrasive particles and thus undergo self-sharpening. The team suggests that this system overcomes the shortcomings of conventional metal bonded super-hard abrasive processing on hard and brittle machining materials.
Feng, K., Zhou, Z., Fan, H. and Yuan, J. (2017) ‘Experiment on self-sharpening fine super-hard abrasive tool’, Int. J. Nanomanufacturing, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp.97–108.