22 March 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Powertrains

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Powertrains are now available here for free:
  • Component sizing of a power-split plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for optimal fuel economy
  • Multiple pulse laser ignition in GDI lean combustion
  • Control variable optimisation for an extended range electric vehicle
  • State-of-the-art electrified powertrains - hybrid, plug-in, and electric vehicles

Special issue published: "Modelling and Applied Simulation for the 3rd Millennium: Enhancements in Traditional Approaches and Moving Towards Simulation as Service"

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling 11(6) 2016
  • A simulation optimisation-based approach for team building in cyber security
  • The competencies acquisition with simulation application in the course 'construction planning and controlling'
  • SLMToolBox: enterprise service process modelling and simulation by coupling DEVS and services workflow
  • The packages clustering optimisation in the logistics of the last mile freight distribution
  • A simulation-based method for inventory ownership planning of aircraft spare engines and parts
  • Tactics for approaching cash optimisation in bank branches
  • Heterogeneous model ensembles for short-term prediction of stock market trends
  • An interoperable and immersive simulation as training and procedure design support system in car terminals
  • Towards energy efficiency of interdependent urban networks

Call for papers: "Data Engineering and Intelligent Computing Systems"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Autonomic Computing.

We aim to identify the challenging problems faced during the development of innovative knowledge and to offer suitable solutions for the problems, also providing a research opportunity that brings together researchers, industry practitioners, as well as potential users of ICT for discussion. The ideas will be useful to tackle complex problems, find advanced solutions and exchange of ideas on the latest developments in data science and intelligent information technologies. We aim to shape the future research directions through the publication of high quality, applied and theoretical research findings.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the National Conference on Data Science and Intelligent Information Systems (NCDSIIT17), 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 computing and database-as-a-service
  • Database privacy, security and trust
  • Data warehousing and SQL analytics
  • E- learning
  • Data integration, metadata management and interoperability
  • Data models, semantics, query languages
  • Data mining and knowledge discovery
  • Data provenance, workflows, scientific data management
  • Data visualisation and interactive data exploration
  • Distributed and parallel databases, scalable analytics
  • Graph data, RDF and web data, social networks
  • Information extraction and data cleaning
  • Modern hardware and in-memory database systems
  • Query processing, indexing and optimisation
  • Stream systems and sensor networks
  • Temporal, spatial, mobile, multimedia and uncertain data
  • Probabilistic and appropriate databases

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 12 June, 2017
Notification to authors: 18 August, 2017
Final versions due by: 9 October, 2017

Free sample articles newly available from Afro-Asian Journal of Finance and Accounting

The following sample articles from the Afro-Asian Journal of Finance and Accounting are now available here for free:
  • Signalling by IPO grading: an empirical investigation
  • The determinants of exchange rate risk management in developing countries: evidence from Indonesia
  • Quality of corporate reporting: case studies from an emerging capital market
  • Does family group affiliation matter in CSR reporting? Evidence from Yemen
  • Foreign ownership and stock market liquidity - evidence from Vietnam

Special issue published: "Advanced Manufacturing of Engine Components for the Aeronautical Sector"

International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems 9(4) 2016
  • An experimental investigation on joining of aluminium with steel using ultrasonic metal welding 
  • An experimental study on CO2 laser beam welding of AISI 304SS and Cu dissimilar pipes
  • Experimental analysis and optimisation of process parameters for gear cutting process using wire EDM
  • Efficient machining of aero-engine components: challenges and outlook
  • A cryo lubri-coolant approach for finish milling of aeronautical hard-to-cut materials
  • Optimised methodology for aircraft engine IBRs five-axis machining process

21 March 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Information and Computer Security

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Information and Computer Security are now available here for free:
  • Applicability of keystroke dynamics as a biometric security feature for mobile touchscreen devices with virtualised keyboards
  • Enhancing the security of modern ICT systems with multimodal biometric cryptosystem and continuous user authentication
  • Reversible watermarking using channel coding and lifting for cultural heritage and medical image
  • Advanced dynamic identity-based authentication protocol using smart card
  • A novel approach for hiding secret data in program files

New Editor for International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation

Dr. Xun Xu from California State University, Stanislaus in the USA has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation.

First issue: International Journal of Intelligent Systems Design and Computing (free sample issue available)

Emerging and evolving systems are integrating intelligent attributes to enable the thrust towards making technology adaptive and functional as an aid to improve existing designs. The International Journal of Intelligent Systems Design and Computing, an international peer-reviewed journal, promotes discussion on the design and implementation of intelligent systems related to emerging areas of communication, computer vision, human-computer interaction, soft computing and related issues. The journal offers an applied approach driven by innovation, to facilitate intelligent design and implementation.

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

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling are now available here for free:
  • Formational principle and accurate fitting methodology for a new tooth surface of the spiral bevel gear
  • Numerical evaluation of the low Reynolds turbulent flow behaviour in a bioreactor
  • Simulation of lateral transshipment in order delivery under e-commerce environment
  • Modelling and evaluation of investment strategies in human resources for logistics improvement
  • Infrastructures protection based on heterogeneous networks
  • Simulation of autonomous systems in the extended marine domain
  • Construction resource scheduling with chaotic particle swarm optimisation

Employers! You’re having a laugh, aren’t you?

Can humour on social media help managers find the most appropriate candidates for the job vacancies they hope to fill? Writing in the International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising, researchers from Finland, suggest that humorous recruitment campaigns can increase exposure for a given job advertisement but conversely the approach might lead to flippant applications at which point it might be difficult to separate the serious candidate from an inappropriate one. The team also suggests that choosing a particular social media channel over another may skew the type of applicants they receive for a given job, for better or worse.

Eeva-Liisa Oikarinen of Oulu Business School and Jaakko Sinisalo of Oulu University of Applied Sciences have carried out a case study of the social media recruitment campaign of a high-profile company operating in the architecture industry. The campaign used amusing text and graphics to entice people to apply for a specific vacancy and to differentiate the company from others in the market for job applicants.

The use of humour in consumer marketing is well known, indeed humour in marketing is probably as old as selling itself. However, in marketing an employment vacancy has been little used and advertising of jobs tends to be a rather dry affair. The team points out that where it has been used little research has been done to track the pros and cons. There is the potential, as with any marketing, for humour to be a double edged sword, the team suggests, with it having the potential to harm a company’s credibility and reputation if the humour is misplaced or causes offence.

Conversely, the humorous campaign can backfire if a responsive candidate is found and yet the work environment does not fit the jocular image projected. Moreover, some serious candidates perfectly suitable for the job may be put off from applying by the flippant nature of the campaign.

Oikarinen, E-L. and Sinisalo, J. (2017) ‘Personality or skill: a qualitative study of humorous recruitment advertising campaign on social media’, Int. J. Internet Marketing and Advertising, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp.22–43.

20 March 2017

Special issue published: "Recent Trends in Security of Mobile Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things"

International Journal of Information and Computer Security 9(1/2) 2017
  • Dynamic weighted VM load balancing for cloud-analyst
  • Robust watermarking technique using back propagation neural network: a security protection mechanism for social applications
  • Trust delegation-based secure mobile cloud computing framework
  • Virtual machine security
  • Hierarchical detection of insider attacks in cloud computing systems
  • A secure mobile commerce framework based on community cloud
  • Evaluation of puzzle-enabled proxy-assisted denial-of-service protection for web services 
  • Mitigating selfish, blackhole and wormhole attacks in DTN in a secure, cooperative way

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Mobile Network Design and Innovation

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Mobile Network Design and Innovation are now available here for free:
  • Adaptive clustering and routing using fuzzy decision model in WSN
  • Alleviating upstream congestion by using MSBPCCP in distributed networks
  • Trust-based light weight authentication routing protocol for MANET
  • A routing scheme for IEEE 802.15.4 wireless sensor networks
  • Improving throughput for downlink multi user MIMO-LTE advanced networks using SINR approximation and hierarchical CSI feedback
  • Non-visual navigation interface for completing tasks with a predefined order using mobile phone: a case study of pilgrimage

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Manufacturing Research

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Manufacturing Research are now available here for free:
  • Grey-based Taguchi method for optimisation of hot forging of connecting rod 
  • Toolpath strategy decisions in 'rough machining-by-region' using design of experiments on computer-aided manufacturing systems
  • Constant force grinding control method for unknown curve part based on force/torque information 
  • Experimental investigations on core drilling by ultrasonic-vibration-assisted grinding for hard-to-machine materials - a review 
  • A web-based STEP-NC-compliant architecture for low cost 3D part manufacturing

Emergency retweets in times of disaster

Twitter and other social media tools are commonly used around the world. Now, many government and not-for-profit organizations have a presence on at least one of these systems and use them in various ways to share information about their activities and engage with people.

For organizations that work in disaster zones and emergency situations, these tools can also be used to coordinate activities, help raise funds and disseminate timely news that can help in relief efforts. New research from the Department of Political Science at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, USA, suggests that just half of the Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies around the world have adopted Twitter. They assessed the factors influencing adoption rates as well as message type and frequency, and the ability to reach large audiences. Writing in the International Journal of Emergency Management the researchers report that adoption is constrained by the digital divide and country population size. The team defines the digital divide as the disparity between country-level internet access rates.

Moreover, the researchers, Clayton Wukich and Ashish Khemka, found, the existence of an account on Twitter does not necessarily mean that the target audience is necessarily aware of its existence or engaging with it. There are significant limitations to organizational reach and many people who need to receive important content on a timely basis may not actually do so. However, the team observed high activity rates in countries such as Kenya, Indonesia, and the Philippines, which they say indicates the potential for continued growth in developing economies, especially as internet access increases.

The researchers recommend several strategies based on their findings that could help organizations improve their reach and engagement. For instance, they suggest that organizations must plan to make personnel available for handling social media throughout and subsequent to any large-scale disaster. At the technical level, organizations should use hashtags in order to expose their messages to the largest possible audience and to create some coherency during particular disasters. The team also found that while a link to additional information might be useful the presence of a link, a URL, actually reduced the rate at which Twitter users shared a particular update, it correlated negatively with retweets, in other words.

Wukich, C. and Khemka, A. (2017) ‘Social media adoption, message content, and reach: an examination of Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies’, Int. J. Emergency Management, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp.89-116.

19 March 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles are now available here for free:
  • Comparative study on energy consumption for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles based on trip characteristics
  • SOC estimation algorithm for Li-ion battery in electric or hybrid vehicles
  • Improving power quality with reducing output harmonics for electric vehicle applications by using bacteria foraging algorithm
  • Coordinated control strategies for a full hybrid electric vehicle with single motor during mode changes
  • Distribution planning with hourly profiles for analysing electric vehicle charging strategies

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from 8th IEEE International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology

Extended versions of papers presented at the 8th IEEE International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology (8-10 November 2017, Taichung, Taiwan) will be published by the following journals:

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design are now available here for free:
  • Computational molecular docking and structural specificity of bipyrazoles as non-zinc chelating inhibitors of MMP-13
  • An ab initio study on 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, MDMA (ecstasy) and its derivatives
  • Systematic associations between germ-line mutations and human cancers
  • Proteins localised to human mitochondria show structural element enrichment in their corresponding mRNA
  • A framework for 3D vessel analysis using whole slide images of liver tissue sections
  • Structure-based prediction of drug side effects using a novel classification algorithm
  • Next generation sequencing reveals disparate population frequencies among cytochrome P450 genes: clinical pharmacogenomics of the CYP2 family
  • Inference of hierarchical regulatory network of TCF7L2 binding sites in MCF7 cell line
  • A two-stage inference algorithm for gene regulation network models

New Editor for International Journal of Nuclear Safety and Security

Prof. Gilberto Espinosa-Paredes from Universidad Autnoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa in Mexico has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Nuclear Safety and Security.

18 March 2017

Free sample articles newly available from African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development

The following sample articles from the African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development are now available here for free:
  • Water and health for sustainable development
  • Creeping tiger: India's presence in Africa
  • Determinants of choice of economic sector in the non-farm economy in Ghana
  • Does institutional quality matter in foreign direct investment?: Evidence from Sub-Saharan African countries
  • Modelling the impacts of remittances on real exchange rate of Nigeria's Naira

Special issue published: "New Advances in Simulation and Process Modelling: Integrating New Technologies and Methodologies to Enlarge Simulation Capabilities"

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling 12(1) 2017
  • Combining DEVS and model-checking: concepts and tools for integrating simulation and analysis
  • Application of mobile devices within distributed simulation-based decision making
  • Cargo dynamic stability in the container loading problem - a physics simulation tool approach
  • Integrated and collaborative process-based simulation framework for construction project planning
  • Fluid flow simulation over complex shape objects using image processing to achieve mesh generation
  • Design and implementation of communication patterns using parallel objects
  • Enriching the formalism of coloured Petri nets for modelling alternative structural configurations of a discrete event system: disjunctive CPN

Free sample articles newly available from Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development

The following sample articles from the Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development are now available here for free:
  • Buddhist socio-cultural influences on entrepreneurial actions and performance: case of rural Thailand
  • The socio-cultural aspects of the female entrepreneurship model
  • Is resistance futile? Acculturation and disadvantage theory in immigrant entrepreneurship
  • The 'fluid paradigm': the impact of national culture on small business management
  • The dynamic linkages between sociocultural values and successful business development and performance: case study of Mourid entrepreneurs in Senegal
  • International high-technology entrepreneurs: hybrid identities and entrepreneurial activities
  • The impact of culture on the creation of enterprises

Call for papers: "Evolutionary Computation for Art and Music: Theory and Applications"

For a special issue for the International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation.

Evolutionary computation (EC) techniques, including genetic algorithm, evolution strategies, genetic programming, particle swarm optimisation, ant colony optimisation, differential evolution and memetic algorithms, have shown to be effective for search and optimisation problems. Recently, EC gained several promising results and becomes an important tool in computational creativity, such as in music, visual art, literature, architecture, and industrial design.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Generation of music, visual art, literature, architecture and industrial design
  • Algorithmic design in creative intelligence
  • Optimisation in creativity
  • Development of hardware and software for creative systems
  • Evaluation methodologies
  • Assistance of human creativity
  • Computational aesthetics
  • Emotion response
  • Human-machine creativity

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 September, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 March, 2018
Final versions due: 31 April, 2018

17 March 2017

Inderscience is media partner for BioBanking 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for BioBanking (14-15 June 2017, London, UK).


Special issue published: "Signal Processing, Security and Privacy for Mobile/Wireless and Computer Networks"

International Journal of Mobile Network Design and Innovation 7(1) 2017
  • Statistically-enhancing the diagnosis of packet losses in WSNs
  • Specific buffer-aided full duplex relaying over LTE advanced networks
  • From multilevel security to multiple independent levels of security/safety: the evolution illustrated through a novel cross-domain architecture
  • Design of 3rd order cascaded multi-bit sigma delta modulator for ADC using internal feedback
  • Decentralised trust-management inspired by ant pheromones
  • Simulating cheated results acceptance rates for gossip-based volunteer computing

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Comparative Management

The International Journal of Comparative Management aims to develop comparative management theory by devoting itself entirely to comparative research ideas in corporate strategy, finance, marketing, international business and general management. IJCoM is a focal avenue for contemporary research issues grounded in comparative perspectives such as context, ownership, strategy, communication, performance, research problems and methods. Specifically, the journal welcomes cross-country research perspectives leveraging either empirical or qualitative methods based on survey, interview and archival data sources.

16 March 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Tourism Policy

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Tourism Policy are now available here for free:
  • Consumers' perceptions of the local hotel recreation facilities: the case of Greek and Serbian young people
  • An evaluation of measurement model for medical tourism research: the confirmatory factor analysis approach
  • Stakeholders approach in influencing corporate social responsibility: a case study at two hotels in Jordan
  • The effects of exchange rate volatility on tourist flows: evidence from the UK and Sweden

Special issue published: "Application of Sustainable Technologies for Water and Waste Recycling and Reuse"

International Journal of Global Warming 11(3) 2017
  • Recycling of waste glass in concrete plant as aggregate and pozzolan replacement
  • Solid waste collection route optimisation by geographical information system in Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Oxidation prevention of silicon carbide powders
  • Composition and energy potential of industrial sludge derived synthetic gas
  • The relationship between income level and CFP level of the provinces in Turkey: a case study
  • Treatment of waste activated sludge by means of alkaline hydrolysis under 'mild' conditions
  • Optimisation of nutrients and metals release from municipal sewage sludge by chemical extraction using Box-Behnken design
  • A study on biodiesel production from the compounds of brewed tea waste
  • Coupling diffusion dialysis with precipitation - cementation to separate and recover nitric acid, Cu++, Zn++ and Pb++ from the wastewater of a brass pickling bath
  • Optimisation of physical activation process for activated carbon production from tyre wastes

Call for papers: "Lean, Agile, Resilient and Green Supply Chain Management"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Advanced Operations Management.

In modern business environments, an effective supply chain management is crucial to business continuity. Lean, agile, resilient and green paradigms are advocated as the foundation of a competitive supply chain management. To make a supply chain more competitive, capable of responding to the demands of customers with agility and capable of responding effectively to unexpected disturbance, in conjugation with environmental responsibilities and the necessity to eliminate processes that add no value, companies must implement a set of new practices and key performance indicators to measure their influence on the supply chain performance. However, the selection of the best supply chain management practices and key performance indicators is a complex problem, involving dependencies and feedbacks. For example, the practice just-in-time is advocated by the lean paradigm; however, it will promote a higher number of material deliveries, which will, cause the increase of CO2 emission, compromising the objectives of green paradigm.

This special issue of invites papers covering recent novel studies on the four paradigms simultaneously or just a subset (e.g. lean or resilient-green). We are especially interested in theoretical and empirical studies with appropriate theoretical underpinnings on. Analyses can be conducted based in methods such as optimisation models, empirical studies, case studies, events studies, simulations, etc.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 47th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering (CIE47), 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:
  • Trade-offs among lean, agile, resilient and green paradigms
  • Relationships among LARG practices and the supply chain capabilities
  • Performance models for lean, agile, resilient and green supply chains
  • The impact of lean, agile, resilient and green paradigms on supply chain sustainability
  • Benchmarking lean, agile, resilient and green supply chains
  • Proposal innovative business models integrating this set of paradigms
  • Integration of lean, agile, resilient and green paradigms with current industry trends such as Industry 4.0, eco-innovation, eco-efficiency, circular economy, entrepreneurship in business ecosystems, among others

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 30 January, 2018
Notification to authors: 30 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 30 May, 2018

Fog computing more secure than the cloud?

Computer scientists in Italy are working on a new concept for remote and distributed storage of documents that could have all the benefits of cloud computing but without the security issues of putting one’s sensitive documents on a single remote server. They describe details in the International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics.

According to Rosario Culmone and Maria Concetta De Vivo of the University of Camerino, technological and regulatory aspects of cloud computing offer both opportunity and risk. Having one’s files hosted on remote servers displaces the hardware requirements and makes files accessible to remote users more efficiently. However, there are gaps in security and accessibility of files “in the cloud”. The team has now turned to another meteorological metaphor – fog – and has proposed an alternative to cloud storage that makes any given file entirely immaterial rather than locating it on a single server. They envisage a fog of files rather than a cloud.

The files are distributed on a public or private network and and so have no single location, in this way, there is no single server that would be a target for hackers and so only legitimate users can access them. The researchers point out that, “The trend towards outsourcing of services and data on cloud architectures has triggered a number of legal questions on how to manage jurisdiction and who has jurisdiction over data and services in the event of illegal actions.” Fog computing would essentially circumvent the security and legal problems putting files off-limits to hackers and beyond the reach of law enforcement and in particular rogue authorities.

“Our proposal is based on this idea of a service which renders information completely immaterial in the sense that for a given period of time there is no place on earth that contains information complete in its entirety,” the team says. They explain that the solution is based on a distributed service which we will call “fog” and which uses standard networking protocols in an unconventional way, exploiting “virtual buffers” in internet routers to endlessly relocate data packets without a file ever residing in its entirety on a single computer server. It’s as if you were to send a letter with a tracking device but an incomplete address that simply gets sent from post office to post office and is never delivered.

Culmone, R. and De Vivo, M.C. (2017) ‘Vanishing files: protocols and regulations for immaterial documents‘, Int. J. Electronic Security and Digital Forensics, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp.45-61.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management are now available here for free:
  • Efficient filtering processes for machine-to-machine data based on automation modules and data-agnostic algorithms
  • Exploring the economic value of a cloud computing solution and its contribution to green IT
  • Analytics-as-a-service framework for terms association mining in unstructured data
  • Zeus: a distributed triple store for proactive SPARQL queries
  • Estimating and applying service request effort data in application management services
  • Deriving configurable fragments for process design

Inderscience is media partner for Combat Helicopter 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Combat Helicopter (17-19 October 2017, Krakow, Poland).

The journals involved are: