24 November 2017

Special issue published: "Re-Configuring Learner Experiences: Opportunities and Systemic Challenges"

International Journal of Innovation in Education 4(2/3) 2017
  • An imagined 'haven' for refugee Muslim families: slowly remaking the school
  • Shifting power at school: youth participation in teacher professional learning settings as educational innovation
  • Negotiating the complexity of curriculum integration: metalanguages as levers that shape the innovation process
  • Evidence-informed innovation in schools: aligning collaborative research and development with high quality professional learning for teachers
  • A tale of two schools' journey in educational change: comparing approaches to designing and implementing pedagogical innovations
  • What lessons can innovation education learn from childhood and adolescent education of the Nobel Prize winners in chemistry?

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from International Conference on Family Business and Entrepreneurship (ICFBE) 2018

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Family Business and Entrepreneurship 2018 (2-4 May 2018, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia) will be published by the following journals:

23 November 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Markets and Business Systems

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Markets and Business Systems are now available here for free:
  • The relationship between brand awareness, market outcome, brand equity, and the marketing mix
  • Supporting business model decisions: a scenario-based simulation approach
  • Systemic effects of international educational and scientific links. Proposals for the development of educational and scientific national system in Georgia
  • TONES: a reference framework for identifying skills and competencies and grooming talent to transform middle management through the field of project management

Call for papers: "Intelligent Systems for Cyber Security: Current Trends, Applications and New Challenges"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Computational Intelligence Studies.

In the last decades, the cyber domain has played a major role in advancing science and technology. But the interconnection of systems through networks, access to information, different computer technologies and the combination of all these aspects is exposes both academic and industry infrastructures to serious risks. These broadly derive from unauthorised operations or access to computerised platforms without permission of the platform's owner. The consequences of these attacks are almost always invasive and disruptive for the computerised systems, and can be fatal if the attacks are performed in the domain of smart health devices. The need therefore arises to research effective security-based solutions for nullifying these risks or countering the attacks. In recent years, this has been successfully accomplished through the use of intelligent technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning solutions. In fact, these have provided valid support in many areas including cyber risk identification, risk assessment of software packages, and preserving security in Internet connections.
Today, intelligent systems for cyber security cover a broad range of areas, including smart cities, cyber-physical systems and critical infrastructures, security of vehicles and implantable medical devices, malware research, cryptography, biometrics, watermarking, human-computer interaction security, security in wireless sensor networks, security in radio-frequency identification, early detection and intervention, and privacy. Given the high academic and industrial impact of researching in these areas for the sake of beneficial effects on society, this special issue will cover basic trends, applications and challenges through theoretical or application-based contributions underlying the construction of secure systems starting from hardware and software and ending at the human-computer interface. Accordingly, it is possible to expect cryptography usage to enable secure interactions. All papers exploring state-of-the-art solutions in the form of extended reviews or advanced research papers are especially welcome.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Artificial intelligence for cryptography
  • Complex networks algorithms for cyber security
  • Human-computer interaction security or usable security
  • Security in cloud services
  • Security and trust in context-aware systems
  • Intelligent intrusion detection
  • Intelligent biometrics
  • Intelligent systems for watermarking
  • Security in RFID
  • Security in wireless sensor networks
  • Intelligent systems for safety and security of smart cities
  • Security in cyber-physical systems
  • Intelligent solutions for healthcare devices
  • Intelligent frameworks for privacy protection
  • Expert systems in cyber security
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 1 July, 2018
Notification to authors: 1 October, 2018
Final versions due by: 1 December, 2018

Research Picks Bonus – November 2017

BitCoin to end poverty and corruption
Could “blockchain” technology and the so-called BitCoin currency lift a country like Moldova, which was part of the Soviet Union, and reduce state-wide corruption? Researchers there and in France have carried out a case study of how a new electronic economic might emerge in parallel with “tourism 2.0” and how coupled with e-governance such a state might be lifted out of poverty. The team reports that these new technologies constitute a significant step in the right direction, in order to break away from twenty-five years of disappointing socio-economic development performance.
Pilkington, M., Crudu, R. and Grant, L.G. (2017) ‘Blockchain and bitcoin as a way to lift a country out of poverty – tourism 2.0 and e-governance in the Republic of Moldova’, Int. J. Internet Technology and Secured Transactions, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp.115–143.

Silent flight
Owls are renowned avian hunters. One of their evolutionary adaptations, especially for hunting at night is that their flight is near silent. Scientists previously demonstrated that the barbs on the leading edge of primary flight feathers in species such as the barn owl (Tyto alba) act to break up airflow and essentially prevent the wing from making whooshing noises as air rolls across it while the bird glides and descends on prey. Now, researchers in China have taken a close look at the primary feathers of another owl, the long-eared owl (Asio otus) and found that the morphological and mechanical characteristics of the barbules and the way they branch on the long-eared owl primary feather represents a scaling law. The branching diameters throughout the hierarchy of branches (rachis, barb, barbicel) and their mechanical properties are congruent. Such insights could help in the development of biomimetic systems for human aviation, aerospace, marine, and other fields where noise and turbulence are to be minimized.
Gao, J., Chu, J., Guan, L., and Zhang, R., (2017) ‘Mechanical properties and size scaling of long-eared owl primary feather‘ Int. J. Mater Struct Integrity, Vol.11, No.1/2/3, pp.32-50.

Food waste
A study from researchers in Kuwait reveals that at least 10% of perishable goods, such as fruit and vegetables, are discarded by supermarkets, not because of spoilage, but because of customer attitude to less than perfect produce. The team has also looked at the elemental content of such waste and assessed its value as compost and the optimal temperature and process for retrieving valuable material from spoiled food. Importantly, much of the mass of any such food waste is water (85%) and is overall of greater density than general municipal waste and so represents a significant waste management problem for supermarkets and the refuse and recycling companies that service them.
Hamoda, M.F., (2017) ‘Management of discarded organic produce from supermarkets and hypermarkets’, Int. J. Environ. Waste Manage., Vol.20, No.3, pp.264 – 282

Driverless cars? There’s an app for that!
Researchers in India are working on the concept of an interface for a robotic car controlled by the Android operating system. They have developed a miniature model of a Bluetooth controlled device which uses Android as the software interface and an Arduino Atmega328 microcontroller hardware component. The team explains that the setup offers autonomous control of a car. The notion of a so-called “backseat driver” taking control of your car just came a step closer.
Singh, S., Kedia, P., and Nagarajan, S.K. (2017 ‘Android controlled autonomous robot car‘, Int. J. Enterprise Network Management, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp.235-246.

22 November 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Tourism Anthropology

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Tourism Anthropology are now available here for free:
  • The artisan backpacker: a development in Latin American backpacker tourism
  • New ways of gazing: the refractive gaze
  • Performing the sacred: Varanasi, the city of living heritage
  • The impact of the consecration of 'La Sagrada Familia' basilica in Barcelona by Pope Benedict XVI
  • Shrine visiting as heritage
  • Producing heritage: culture as commodity in Madurai
  • Re-inventing Europe: the case of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela as European heritage and the political and economic discourses of cultural unity

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Services Science

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Services Science are now available here for free:
  • The moderating effects of eco-oriented organisational culture on the green practice-performance relationship
  • A framework for electricity utility service by QFD technique
  • Role stress as a barrier to service quality in Indian banks: SEM approach
  • Modelling collaborative business services
  • A DEA methodology to evaluate multidimensional quality performance in hospitals

15 November 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Vehicle Systems Modelling and Testing

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Vehicle Systems Modelling and Testing are now available here for free:
  • Development of a rolling truck tyre model using an automatic model regeneration algorithm
  • Stability control of electric vehicle with motorised wheels based on sliding mode control
  • Comparison of optimisation strategies for the determination of precise dummy head trajectories based on the fusion of electrical and optical measured data in frontal crash scenarios
  • Fuzzy logic control for vehicle stability control system with virtual prototype and experimental research

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Service and Computing Oriented Manufacturing

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Service and Computing Oriented Manufacturing are now available here for free:
  • Modelling and preliminary results of a tri-ellipsoid unmanned autonomous airship
  • Synthetic aperture radar raw signal simulation based on inverse chirp scaling algorithm
  • ABC algorithm with bees having quantum behaviour for constrained optimisation
  • A framework for video transcoding and management in cloud manufacturing
  • The impact of external disturbances on the performance of a cellular manufacturing system

New Editor for International Journal of Innovation in Education

Prof. Des Hewitt from the University of Warwick in the UK has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Innovation in Education.

Research Picks Extra – November 2017

Workaholics of the world unite, if you have time
The work-life balance is a common thread in discussions of wellbeing. Today, many employees struggle to find personal time for activities unrelated to work especially now that so many of us can be contacted via mobile devices at any time of the day or night as well as feeling obliged to constantly check social media and work emails. Research to see whether different cultures have different effects on so-called workaholism has investigated the United Arab Emirates and India. It emerges that in both regions, having a “type A” personality (outgoing and ambitious) tends to correlate with workaholism, as one might suspect. However, in UAE characteristics of the job itself play an important role, whereas in India it is mostly individual personality. Moreover, women in India appear to be more inclined to workaholism than females in UAE.
Sharma, J., Singh, A. and Sharma, P. (2017) ‘A journey into the heart of workaholism from cross-cultural perspective‘, Int. J. Human Resources Development and Management, Vol. 17, Nos. 3/4, pp.185-204.

Let’s hear it for the beer
Beer marketing is not all froth, brand loyalty for one’s favourite tipple can cause sales to ebb and flow depending on many factors. Predictors of brand loyalty, according to researchers in Portugal, include perceived value, consumer satisfaction, and trust. Their study of almost 1200 student beer drinkers points to brand awareness leading to brand loyalty. This inverts the received wisdom that it is brand loyalty that drives brand performance. Their detailed findings offer actionable insights for brand managers and marketing departments in the beer industry. An example of such action might be for a company to invest in brand communities and events, strengthening the bond between beer drinker and brand.
Augusto, M.G. and Torres, P.M. (2017) ‘The path to brand loyalty in the beer market‘, Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp.287-298.

Local power, for local people
Generating power and heat at the point of use is one of the promising alternative energy approaches for reducing infrastructure costs in the developed and the developing world. The possibility of utilising various conventional and renewable technologies also opens up the chance to reduce pollution and carbon emissions. Researchers in Canada and South Korea explain that microgeneration systems have already demonstrated comparable electric efficiency to conventional power stations, good environmental performance, and the ability to serve as a source for both primary and back-up power. The implementation of smart energy networks, they add offers a way to recoup the costs of switching to microgeneration over the lifetime of the installation.
Euy Joon Lee, Evgueniy Entchev, Libing Yang, Mohamed Ghorab, and Eun Chul Kang (2017) ‘Smart hybrid renewable microgeneration system for residential applications‘, Int. J. Global Warming, Vol. 13, No.3/4, pp.459-472.

Pink collar workers
Office staff are often referred to as “white collar workers”, employees in industry and the trades as “blue collar”, “pink collar” workers refers to people working in the service industries, hospitality and healthcare support. US researchers point out that a lot of effort has purportedly been put into closing the gender pay gap across various areas of employment, it is not clear whether the glass ceilings at the local and state level in the USA have been smashed. Their research shows that there is very much still in place a glass ceiling facing women in traditional “pink collar” roles, such as nursing, teaching, etc.
Clifford P. McCue; Alexandru V. Roman; Jorene Jameson (2017) ‘Glass walls and glass ceilings: the case of public procurement‘, Int. J. Procurement Management, Vol. 10, No. 6, pp.706 – 728

14 November 2017

Special issue published: "New Developments in Electronics, Cloud and IoT – Part 1"

Electronic Government, an International Journal 13(4) 2017
  • Performance analysis of a 5G non-orthogonal waveform filter bank multi carrier
  • Bit error rate performance analysis of Cholesky decomposition based quasi ML receiver for large scale MIMO system
  • Comparative analysis of applications of identity-based cryptosystem in IoT
  • Improving the accuracy of item recommendations in collaborative filtering using time-variant system
  • Middling role of social support between work family conflict and job satisfaction among professional women in Tamil Nadu
  • Performance benchmarking of tunnel transistors for energy efficient 4-bit adder architectures at low VDD
  • Behaviour state analysis through brain computer interface using wearable EEG devices: a review
  • Impact of deflection history based priority on adaptive deflection router for mesh NoCs
  • A survey on integrity verification and data auditing schemes for data verification in remote cloud servers

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Environmental Engineering

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Environmental Engineering are now available here for free:
  • Biomass characterisation and adsorption mechanism of Cu (II) biosorption onto fish (Catla catla) scales
  • Stabilisation of subgrade soil by using stone dust and RBI Grade 81
  • Carbon emission reduction by improving performance of primary air fans in thermal power plants through energy conservation techniques
  • The photocatalytic degradation of phenol over titanium dioxide powder prepared by the solvothermal method
  • Analysis of urban rivers' water quality using multivariate approach
  • Fly ash amended pervious concrete: a laboratory study on removal potential for inorganic contaminants
  • Seasonal changes of methane emission on black soil rice field in cold region and its DNDC simulation

Special issue published: "Multinationals, Sustainability and Social Change"

International Journal of Business Environment 9(3) 2017
  • Editorial: Challenges and opportunities for multinational corporations in sustainable development
  • Identification with the foreign company: the influence of CSR and consumer ethnocentrism
  • Racing to the bottom, or climbing to the top? Local responses to the internationalisation of trade in the Brazilian textile and garments industry
  • Improving local implementation of an MNC's global CSR strategy: the importance of stakeholders
  • Orchestrating a new industrial field. The case of the Finnish wood-based bioeconomy

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Nuclear Exergy

In a world running out of fossil fuels, facing multifaceted scarcity and contending with pollution, all energies are not equal. This provokes many arguments based mainly on political tenets instead of science. In this context the concept of energy can be usefully substituted by "exergy", i.e. "the maximum useful work that can be extracted from a system as it reversibly comes into equilibrium with its environment". The International Journal of Nuclear Exergy presents research that uses the exergy framework to address the challenges facing humanity.

IJNEx was formed in September 2017 from a merger of the International Journal of Nuclear Desalination (IJND), 2003-2011 (Vols. 1-4) and the International Journal of Nuclear Hydrogen Production and Applications (IJNHPA), 2006-2016 (Vols. 1-3).

12 November 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe Conference 2018

Inderscience is a media partner for Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe Conference (6-7 March 2018, Prague, Czech Republic).

The journals involved are:
More information on this event is available here.

Special issue published: "Non-Conventional Energy Technology"

Interdisciplinary Environmental Review 18(2) 2017
  • Use of Kota stone cutting and quarry waste as subbase material
  • Analysing the occupational health of workers in the brick kilns of Rajasthan
  • Synthesising zero valent iron supported on alumina for removal of arsenic from drinking water
  • Methodologies for removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater: an overview
  • A study on the characterisation of the species formed during fluoride removal through coagulation
  • Architecture analysis compatible with climate based on Mahoney tables in Hamadan (Iran)
  • Investigation of various airfoils for maximisation of lift in horizontal axis wind turbine - a case study
  • Performance and emission analysis of Pongamia biodiesel and its blends in different operating condition - a review