15 November 2019

Special issue published: "Innovations in Manufacturing for the Engineering of Modern Materials"

International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation 10(4) 2019

  • Optimisation of drilling parameters for minimum circularity error in FRP composite
  • A comprehensive modelling, analysis and optimisation of adhesive bonded single lap glass fibre reinforced composite joints
  • Morphological evaluation of ultra low-density poly (methyl methacrylate) microcellular plastic developed through cyclic foaming technique
  • Mechanical and wear characterisation of modern hybrid composite material
  • Artificial neural network modelling and analysis of carbon nanopowder mixed micro wire electro discharge machining of gold coated doped silicon

Research pick: Optimising the pharmaceutical industry - "Performance optimisation of a pharmaceutical production line by integrated simulation and data envelopment analysis"

Research published in the International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling shows how integrated simulations can be used to optimize a pharmaceutical production line in a way that conventional mathematical modeling cannot.

Ahmad Taher Azar of Prince Sultan University, in Riyadh, KSA, and colleagues built their simulation using data and information from a working production line and then utilized the simulation to generate putative inputs and outputs for a range of production scenarios to show how they might be optimized for different resources and products. “This is the first study in which an integrated simulation DEA is used for the performance optimisation of a pharmaceutical unit,” the team writes.

The simulations showed six bottlenecks that reduce efficiency and slow production. These were brought into the simulated, verified and validated simulations so that they might be expunged from particular production scenarios. The simulations could then be combined in such a way to generate the optimal setup for any of more than 40 scenarios that the engineering team on a production line might face. Critically, any one of the many factors can affect overall efficiency and so a holistic approach has to be taken to reduce overheads and ensure the most efficient and effective approach.

Habibifar, N., Hamid, M., Bastan, M. and Azar, A.T. (2019) ‘Performance optimisation of a pharmaceutical production line by integrated simulation and data envelopment analysis’, Int. J. Simulation and Process Modelling, Vol. 14, No. 4, pp.360–376.

14 November 2019

Special issue published: "Recent Advances in Sensing Technology, Vehicle Control Systems and Tyre Design Considerations for Electric and Autonomous Vehicles"

International Journal of Vehicle Design 79(4) 2019

  • Vehicle longitudinal force estimation using adaptive neural network nonlinear observer
  • Integrated control of AFS and DYC for in-wheel-motor electric vehicles based on operation region division
  • Pressure controlling of integrated electro-hydraulic braking system with considering driver brake behaviour
  • Active steering control system for an independent wheel drive electric vehicle
  • A data-based lane departure warning algorithm using hidden Markov model

Inderscience journals to invite expanded papers from 1st Global Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Applications (GCAIA 2020) for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the 1st Global Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Applications (GCAIA 2020) (8-10 September 2020, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India) will be invited for review and potential publication by the following journals:

Special issue on: "Hybrid Computational Intelligence in Big Data Analytics and Cloud Computing"

International Journal of Hybrid Intelligence 1(2/3) 2019

  • Smart healthcare model with fog-cloud network architecture
  • Improved real coded genetic algorithm-based short-term hydrothermal generation planning
  • A survey on big data: an emerging imparity and revolution in digital world
  • A comparative study of text mining in big data analytics using deep learning and other machine learning algorithms
  • Cloud database failure prediction using multi agent system
  • IoT-based algorithms for distributed location detection for flights
  • Combined economic emission and load dispatch using hybrid metaheuristics
Additional paper
  • Intentional and unintentional misbehaving node detection and prevention in mobile ad hoc network

Research pick: La Dolce Vita Australiano - "Creating a little bit of La Dolce Vita’. Explaining resilience and transformation in the Hunter Valley wine region, NSW, Australia"

As tastes and trade change, so the proactive marketing department must reinvent its brands and what they might refer to as their “offering”. Writing in the International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, a research team from Australia discusses how the once entirely desirable wines of the Hunter Valley region have now become part of a bigger gastronomic landscape to keep pace with trends and continue to sell their wines and other produce.

Sidsel Grimstad and Jennifer Waterhouse of the University of Newcastle, New South Wales and John Burgess of RMIT University in Melbourne, Victoria explain how resilience and transformation have been applied to create “a little bit of La Dolce Vita” in the region.

Hunter Valley is a small national producer but is, the researchers suggest, a strong custodian of the region’s wine identity. “The importance of having regional identity ‘custodians’ such as the old wine families that ensure that the landscape maintains the rural aesthetic, creates embedded institutions that benefit both old and new entrants,” the team writes. They add that “new entrants may be considered a risk, they also provide a continuous stream of creative solutions and investments, leading to continuous improvement of quality and luxury provision of wine and gastronomy sensory experiences.”

The team’s case study shows that wine-tourism in the Hunter Valley region is strong and more resilient because it has regenerated itself into a gastronomic landscape where lifestyle, food, wine, and tourism complement each other, the team says. “Through this, the Hunter Valley manages to maintain its lead among the top Australian destinations for both national and international wine and food tourists,” they conclude.

Grimstad, S., Waterhouse, J. and Burgess, J. (2019) ‘‘Creating a little bit of La Dolce Vita’. Explaining resilience and transformation in the Hunter Valley wine region, NSW, Australia’, Int. J. Globalisation and Small Business, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp.359–380.

13 November 2019

Special issue published: "Networks in Changing Business Ecosystems"

International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business 10(4) 2019

  • Influence of mentors on networking behaviour of small business owners: a conceptual framework
  • The role of internal resources in the competitive positioning of Sicilian wine cooperatives
  • Regional strategic networks in southern Brazil
  • 'Creating a little bit of La Dolce Vita'. Explaining resilience and transformation in the Hunter Valley wine region, NSW, Australia

Editor in Chief of International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making becomes Honorary Doctor for University of Western Macedonia

Prof. Constantin Zopounidis, Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making, has recently been appointed as Honorary Doctor at the University of Western Macedonia's School of Economics. Further details are available here.

Special issue published: "Internet of Things Security"

International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity 4(1) 2019

  • Survey: secure opportunistic routing protocols in wireless networks
  • Security analysis for intelligent urban freight transport
  • Connected car and CO2 emission overview: solutions, challenges and opportunities
Additional paper
  • Differential cryptanalysis on DES cryptosystem up to eight rounds


Research pick: Nordic walking by electronic word-of-mouth - "Positive and negative emotional spirals in e-WOM of new recreational sports: a case study on Nordic walking"

Ulla Hakala and Birgitta of the Sandberg Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Finland, and Marta Zurawik of Wigan, UK, have investigated electronic word-of-mouth, so-called e-WOM in the context of a relatively new recreational sport, Nordic walking. They hoped to reveal how positive and negative emotions affect e-WOM. Their hypothesis underpinning the study suggests that there is limited knowledge of emotional sharing concerning novel recreational activities.

At the moment, the team explains, there is limited knowledge on emotional sharing concerning novel recreational activities, ones that some – whether participant or observer – might perceive as embarrassing in some way. They have analysed the online discussion surrounding Nordic walking in different countries and found that there are positive and negative views about the activity as one might expect.

“Our understanding of the contagion of emotions in social encounters is limited and the effect of discrete emotions on changes in physical activity behaviour remains largely unexplored,” the team writes. Their work sets out to explore the emotional response to novel recreational activities and to set a context for the study of eWOM with respect to such activities. They suggest that their work is “the beginning of a journey to explore the social sharing of emotions and the role of social media in sharing opinions and experiences on engagement in novel physical activities.”

Zurawik, M., Hakala, U. and Sandberg, B. (2019) ‘Positive and negative emotional spirals in e-WOM of new recreational sports: a case study on Nordic walking’, Int. J. Leisure and Tourism Marketing, Vol. 6, Nos. 3/4, pp.254–278.

12 November 2019

International Journal of Hybrid Intelligence to invite expanded papers from 1st Global Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Applications (GCAIA 2020) for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the 1st Global Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Applications (GCAIA 2020) (8-10 September 2020, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India) will be invited for review and potential publication by the International Journal of Hybrid Intelligence.

Free open access article available: "An integrated risk assessment and management framework for carbon capture and storage: a Canadian perspective"

The following paper, "An integrated risk assessment and management framework for carbon capture and storage: a Canadian perspective" (International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management
 22(3/4) 2019), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity are now available here for free:
  • An experiment of hit-and-run wireless attacks
  • Secure and privacy-oriented obfuscation scheme for smart metering in smart grid via dynamic aggregation and lightweight perturbation
  • Isolating malicious content scripts of browser extensions
  • Automatic detection of DDoS attacks to notification services

Free open access article available: "Uncertainty in risk issues for carbon capture and geological storage: findings from a structured expert elicitation"

The following paper, "Uncertainty in risk issues for carbon capture and geological storage: findings from a structured expert elicitation" (International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management
 22(3/4) 2019), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

Research pick: Clustering peers to boost P2P networks - "A file sharing system in peer-to-peer network by a nearness-sensible method"

The concept of peer-to-peer (P2P) networking came to the fore as part of the movement that led to the freeing up of digital information although it gained considerable notoriety when it was hijacked for the purposes of illicit and illegal file sharing. However, it remains an important concept in distributing upload and download bandwidth among users with large files to distribute and P2p networking is used by many different tools with perfectly legitimate applications.

Writing in the International Journal of Reasoning-based Intelligent Systems, a team from India points out that for efficient use of a P2P network it is best if users that are a short hop from each other in terms of internet connectivity are clustered together. This can reduce the total burden on system resources and bandwidth by precluding the sending of packets of data across non-optimal transfer distances. The team of S. Vimal at the Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, in Chennai, and S.K. Srivatsa of MIT at Anna University also in Chennai, India, have shown how a clustered P2P network that utilizes a file-replication algorithm can boost efficiency still further.

The team describes their approach as a “nearness and interested cluster (NIC) super peer network. The interests and categorized “sub-interests” of peers are used to cluster them according to the most likely of digital commodities that they might be anticipated to share.

Vimal, S. and Srivatsa, S.K. (2019) ‘A file sharing system in peer-to-peer network by a nearness-sensible method’, Int. J. Reasoning-based Intelligent Systems, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp.293–299.

11 November 2019

Inderscience journals to invite expanded papers from 12th International Exergy, Energy and Environment Symposium for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the 12th International Exergy, Energy and Environment Symposium (IEEES-12) (22-26 March 2020, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Education City, Doha, Qatar) will be invited for review and potential publication by the following journals:

Free open access article available: "Risk management in carbon capture and geological storage: insights from a structured expert elicitation"

The following paper, "Risk management in carbon capture and geological storage: insights from a structured expert elicitation" (International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management
 22(3/4) 2019), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

Special issue published: "People, Planet and Development: Bridging the Gaps in Emerging Economies"

International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development 18(4) 2019

  • Climate change adaptation: a corrective policy framework in the Malaysian agricultural sector
  • The environmental resource management paradox in an impoverished urban population: a case study from Malaysia
  • Global population stabilisation policy and declining work-age population: a threat to global economic sustainability
  • Sustainability practices framework of the palm oil milling sub-sector: a literature survey
  • Sustainability of Malaysian oil palm: a critical review

Free open access article available: "Risk communication and public engagement in CCS projects: the foundations of public acceptability"

The following paper, "Risk communication and public engagement in CCS projects: the foundations of public acceptability" (International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management
 22(3/4) 20XX), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

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:
  • Sustainable development and green tourism: new practices for excellence in the digital era
  • Exploring entrepreneurship, innovation and tourism development from a sustainable perspective: evidence from Greece
  • Strategic development and business process automation networks in Greek tele-companies
  • The role of environmental responsibility in tourism
  • E-commerce and e-customer satisfaction during the economic crisis
  • Exploring educational needs of young farmers in precision agriculture in Serres, Greece, and the perspective of innovative agricultural educational programs

8 November 2019

Free open access article available: "Potential technical hazards associated with four North American carbon capture and sequestration projects"

The following paper, "Potential technical hazards associated with four North American carbon capture and sequestration projects" (International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management
 22(3/4) 2019), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

Special Issue published: From the Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems

International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems 12(3/4) 2019

  • Comparison of model free control strategies for chatter suppression by an inertial actuator
  • Micro textured cutting tool effects on cutting forces, volumetric wear and adhesion in dry turning of titanium alloy
  • Cutting force investigation in face milling of additively fabricated nickel alloy 625 via powder bed fusion
  • Development of a portable stereolithography device for computer numerical control machining centres
  • Ultrasonic-assisted machining processes: a review
  • Data-driven productivity improvement in machinery supply chains
  • Meshless single grain cutting simulations on the GPU
  • Robust trajectory control of an unmanned aerial vehicle using acceleration feedback
  • Development and application of an automated impulse hammer for improved analysis of five-axis CNC machine dynamics and enhanced stability chart prediction
  • Smart factory equipment integration through standardised OPC UA communication with companion specifications and equipment specific information models

Free open access article available: "Improving decision making for carbon management initiatives"

The following paper, "Improving decision making for carbon management initiatives" (International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management 22(3/4) 2019), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

Research pick: Smooth and stable electric vehicle charging - "Home energy management based on plug-in electric vehicle power control in a residential smart grid"

Siwar Khemakhem, Mouna Rekik, and Lotfi Krichen of the Control and Energy Management Laboratory at the National Engineering School of Sfax, in Tunisia, are investigating the potential of home energy management based on plug-in electric vehicle power control in a residential smart grid.
Writing in the International Journal of Digital Signals and Smart Systems, the team explains how the advent of electric vehicles has shifted the pressure to some extent from power supply based filling a tank with a liquid or gas fuel at a station to generally charging one’s vehicle from home. As more and more drivers switch to electric vehicles there is a need to make the supply of power smarter. The team has now proposed an optimal charge/discharge power management algorithm that can be used in residential areas and takes into account smart grid technology.

“The purpose of this control strategy is to ensure the energy flow exchanging between plugin electric vehicles and smart home to improve the energy efficiency and to achieve a flattened power load curve,” the team writes. Their algorithm finds the optimal approach to charging for off-peak and home-to-vehicle power supply. It also looks at how to cope when charging is needed during peak electricity demand periods. Simulation of the algorithm shows that it is capable of smoothing the power load curve and making the smart grid stable and secure by switching between four operating modes where discharging electricity from the vehicle’s batteries occurs when demand is high but charging is boosted during off-peak times.

Khemakhem, S., Rekik, M. and Krichen, L. (2019) ‘Home energy management based on plug-in electric vehicle power control in a residential smart grid’, Int. J. Digital Signals and Smart Systems, Vol. 3, Nos. 1/2/3, pp.173–186.

7 November 2019

Research pick: Modelling Klee - "Modelling and generating abstract images of Paul Klee style"

Bauhaus artist, Paul Klee (1879-1940) had a unique abstract style nodding, by turns to Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. Now, computer scientists from China and the USA are working together to create an algorithm that can mimic the style of the Swiss-born artist. Their research adds to the oeuvre that is known as generative art.

Writing in the International Journal of Arts and Technology, Hanqing Zhao of Tianjin University, and Kang Zhang of The University of Texas at Dallas discuss how they have used their personal assessment and computer analysis to study Klee’s Pedagogical Sketchbook created in his later years. Having analysed the colour and composition of Klee’s paintings, the team has used a computer to generate with randomly adjusted parameters of compositions and palette, two generative artworks in the style of Klee.

The team explains that the scalable framework they have developed offers a novel paradigm for the generation of abstract images. The team suggests that generative art of this type can have its place as an art form in its own right. Moreover, by providing a non-invasive way to analyse and then describe original artistic works it might be a useful tool for those studying traditional, albeit modern or abstract, paintings.

“Other researchers could extend this framework on other abstract paintings’ styles,” the team writes. “We hope that our work inspires both artists and computer scientists for further research on new media art and design.”


Pictured above are captures of the originals of Glass Fa├žade and New Harmony with generative forms created by the authors on the right.

Zhao, H. and Zhang, K. (2019) ‘Modelling and generating abstract images of Paul Klee style’, Int. J. Arts and Technology, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp.380–392.

Special issue published: "Recent Advances in Electrical Systems"

International Journal of Digital Signals and Smart Systems 3(1/2/3) 2019

  • Intelligent SVM technique of a multi-level inverter for a DFIG-based wind turbine system
  • Effects of temperature on the electromagnetic shielding effectiveness under a plane wave excitation
  • PID controller compared with dynamic matrix control applied on disturbed complex system
  • Novel voltage-based PV MPPT controller
  • Direct torque control of induction machine drive based on sliding mode controller and a stator resistance compensator with a new hybrid observer
  • Diagnosis inverter-fed induction motor fault at low load conditions by using demodulation Teager-Kaiser energy operator based on stator current
  • Pattern recognition-based fault detection of a PM synchronous motor under stator winding short circuit faults
  • Regrouping of acoustics microwaves in piezoelectric material (ZnO) by SVM classifier
  • MRAS speed observer for sensorless adaptive intelligent backstepping controller of induction machines
  • Optimal digital PID controller design for regulating blood glucose level of type-I diabetic patients
  • Delay dependent stability analysis of Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy time-delays system
Additional paper
  • Home energy management based on plug-in electric vehicle power control in a residential smart grid

Free open access article available: "The economic evaluation of the benefits and costs of carbon capture and storage"

The following paper, "The economic evaluation of the benefits and costs of carbon capture and storage" (International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management 22(3/4) 2019), is freely available for download as an open access article.

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Special issue published: "Recent Advances in Bio-Inspired Computing Paradigms for Security and Privacy of Innovative Computing"

International Journal of Innovative Computing and Applications 10(3/4) 2019

  • An out-of-band mobile authenticating mechanism for controlling access to data outsourced in the mobile cloud environment
  • Parkinson's diagnosis using ant-lion optimisation algorithm
  • An improved chaotic-based African buffalo optimisation algorithm
  • Image integrity verification via reversible predictive hiding and elliptic curve Diffie-Hellman
  • Bio-inspired algorithms for diagnosis of breast cancer
  • A robust approach to detect video-based attacks to enhance security
  • Increased PSNR with improved DWT digital watermarking technique
  • Secure provenance-based communication using visual encryption
Additional paper
  • A survey on partitional clustering using single-objective metaheuristic approach

Free open access article available: "Alberta's approach to the transfer of liability for carbon capture and storage projects"

The following paper, "Alberta's approach to the transfer of liability for carbon capture and storage projects" (International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management 22(3/4) 2019), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.