24 January 2020

International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics to invite expanded papers from International Conference on Computational Vision and Robotics (ICCVR-2020) for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Computational Vision and Robotics (ICCVR-2020) (6-7 June 2020, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) will be invited for review and potential publication by the International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties are now available here for free:
  • Effect of input parameters on friction stir processing of AA2014-T6 using response surface methodology
  • Influence of initial oxidation and secondary oxidation on spontaneous combustion of lignite
  • Analysis of the mechanical properties and penetration depth of gas metal arc welding on AISI 304 stainless steel
  • Reliability studies on biaxially tensile strained-Si channel p-MOSFETs
  • Microstructure evaluation and modelling the tensile strength and yield strength of titanium alloys
  • The effect of process parameters on the hardness and wear resistance performance of laser cladded Ti-Si coatings on Ti-6Al-4V alloy

Special issue published: "Extended Realities: Theoretical and Managerial Contributions in Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality"

International Journal of Technology Marketing 13(3/4) 2019

  • Wearable XR-technology: literature review, conceptual framework and future research directions
  • Augmenting reality: fusing consumers' experiences and interactions with immersive technologies in physical retail settings
  • Virtual reality as an urban tourism destination marketing tool
  • Designing enhanced augmented reality tourism experiences: a multi-stakeholder approach
  • Towards user acceptance of autonomous vehicles: a virtual reality study on human-machine interfaces
  • User experience design for mixed reality: a case study of HoloLens in museum
  • Exploring VR experiences of tourists' attachment to a rural destination
Additional papers
  • Proximity marketing in banking: lessons from retail and entertainment industries
  • Technology-based marketing strategies through the consumer lens: how might perceptions of ethicality and effectiveness interrelate?

New Editor for International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising

Associate Prof. Jesús García-Madariaga from Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising.

23 January 2020

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions are now available here for free:
  • TAACS-FL: trust aware access control system using fuzzy logic for internet of things
  • Efficient authentication and key management scheme for wireless mesh networks
  • Spatial data storage and retrieval in cloud computing environments using attribute based encryption algorithm
  • Performance analysis of cloud computing using series of queues with Erlang service
  • Secure communication process in IoT using media gate network transmit protocol with reliable data transport protocol
  • Privacy preserving computation of scalar product and sign of scalar product
  • Enhancing network lifetime through power-aware routing in MANET
  • An efficient spectrum handoff decision making scheme for cognitive radio networks
  • Cost-based constrained task scheduling in cloud environment
  • Risk-based availability modelling and reputation management on fault tolerant cloud computing systems
  • Event detection in sports video based on audio-visual and support vector machine. Case-study: football
  • A novel dyadic multiresolution wavelet image steganography using N-ary
  • Dynamic high bandwidth nodes for routing in MANETs

Special issue published: "Advances in Engineering Systems and Product Technology"

International Journal of Materials and Product Technology 59(4) 2019

  • Effect of nano-yttria dispersion on the microstructure and mechanical properties of W-Ni-Co alloys
  • Experimental investigations and optimisation of process parameters in dry finish turning of Inconel 625 super alloy
  • Coupling reduction of two element MIMO antenna using parasitic element for LTE band application
  • Random dopant fluctuations impact reduction in 7 nm bulk-FinFET by substrate engineering
  • Volumetric shrinkage prediction in fused deposition modelling process - ANFIS modelling approach

Research pick: Virtual tourism - "Virtual reality as an urban tourism destination marketing tool"

Virtual reality could be used as a powerful marketing tool for urban tourism. Natasha Moorhouse of the Faculty of Business and Law at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom discusses the details in the International Journal of Technology Marketing.

“In an increasingly complex and global marketplace, it is vital that urban tourism destinations develop novel marketing strategies to differentiate, remain competitive, and ultimately attract and retain visitors to facilitate long-term tourism growth,” she writes. Virtual reality has been long anticipated in tourism marketing, offering those selling destination experiences the opportunity to share the wonders of different places from the comfort of the travel agent office or even the holidaymaker’s home. But, adoption has been slow despite the potential. Marketers need to understand better the possibilities of these tools as well as their limitations in order to give consumers the best opportunities.

Moorhouse’s work contributes exploratory work that could offer valuable insights into the various factors associated with virtual reality tools in this context. She puts particular emphasis on the marketing of urban destinations. Virtual reality will remain a challenge for many tour operators and the public perception of such systems may well slow the uptake. However, there is also the potential for embedding virtual reality into the detailed planning of a trip allowing the traveler to investigate places in detail before they map out their itinerary.

Of course, it might be in the age of lowering our collective carbon footprint, that virtual reality tourism could be a less costly alternative to travel, both financially and environmentally.

Moorhouse, N. (2019) ‘Virtual reality as an urban tourism destination marketing tool’, Int. J. Technology Marketing, Vol. 13, Nos. 3/4, pp.285–306.

22 January 2020

Special issue published: "Challenges in the Development of Large-Scale Pollution Models"

International Journal of Environment and Pollution 66(1/2/3) 2019

  • Urban areas parameterisation for CFD simulation and cities air quality analysis
  • Current trends in nanotechnology for bioremediation
  • Assaying SARIMA and generalised regularised regression for particulate matter PM10 modelling and forecasting
  • On convergence of difference schemes for Dirichlet IBVP for two-dimensional quasilinear parabolic equations
  • Identification of dust transport patterns and sources by using MODIS: a technique developed to discriminate dust and clouds
  • Analysis of regional climate model simulations for Central Europe as a potential tool to assess weather-related air quality conditions
  • The method of general heat treatment of waste water from metal manufacture based on photocatalysis
  • An approach for selection of solid waste disposal sites by rapid impact assessment matrix and environmental performance index analysis
  • Global climate driven effects on urban air pollution simulations using very high spatial resolution
  • Applying WRF-CMAQ models for assessment of sulphur and nitrogen deposition in Bulgaria for the years 2016 and 2017
  • Assessment of fluoride hazard in groundwater of Palghat District, Kerala: a GIS approach
  • Advanced algorithms for studying the impact of climate changes on ozone levels in the atmosphere

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management are now available here for free:
  • An empirical investigation of the relationship between TQM practices, quality performance, and customer satisfaction level
  • Monitoring of an ingot making facility via principal component analysis and its variants
  • Evaluating the efficiency of the commercial banks admired in Fortune 500 list; using data envelopment analysis
  • Business research productivity and barriers
  • Service provider's rationalisation for the performance improvement of the organisation: a case study
  • Effect of deep cryogenic treatment on performance measures in wire electrical discharge machining process during taper cutting operation

Special issue published: "Achieving Sustainability in the Digital Business Environment"

International Journal of Decision Support Systems 4(2) 2019

  • Supporting decisions for the application of combined natural and engineered systems for water treatment and reuse
  • Strategic decision support systems for short supply chain development in the agrifood sector
  • Nonlinear data envelopment analysis models for technologies with undesirable outputs
  • Using multicriteria decision analysis to evaluate the effect of digital transformation on organisational performance: evidence from Greek tourism SMEs
  • Traffic flow forecasting for city logistics: a literature review and evaluation

Research pick: Hyphenated headlines - "Improving named entity recognition and disambiguation in news headlines"

Data mining and extraction of knowledge from disparate sources is big data, big business. But, how does the search software cope with entities that are mentioned where only part of their name is used or a name is hyphenated when it normally isn’t? Research published in the International Journal of Intelligent Information and Database Systems reveals details of a new approach to improving named entity recognition and disambiguation in news headlines.

Jayendra Barua and Rajdeep Niyogi of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, at the Indian Institute of Technology, in Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India, explain that their approach to such an analysis of current news headlines builds on a trained algorithm that has been taught to remove the hyphens and complete incomplete names to remove ambiguity.

The team’s evaluation of their novel approach shows that it works with approximately 10 percent greater accuracy than conventional systems and so could improve the automated retrieval of news associated with particular companies, organizations, events, public figures, and other entities of interest to those data mining the news. The system works well with newsfeeds, such as the RSS type of newsfeed generated by regularly updated websites. Headlines from such sources might commonly be longer than conventional newspaper headlines but are nevertheless succinct, commonly being ten or fewer words long. Each word might then be important in a data mining context and so disambiguation is critical.

Barua, J. and Niyogi, R. (2019) ‘Improving named entity recognition and disambiguation in news headlines’, Int. J. Intelligent Information and Database Systems, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp.279–303.

21 January 2020

Special issue published: "Achieving Sustainability in the Digital Business Environment"

International Journal of Sustainable Society 11(4) 2019

  • Cultural intelligence for business sustainability: a fixed effect meta-analysis for a decade of empirical findings
  • Determinants of pro-environmental behaviour in the context of emerging economies
  • Sustainable procurement framework for basmati rice in India
  • Multi ethnicity residents perception towards a country – evidences from United Arab Emirates
  • Sustainable irrigation management and farmers' knowledge in South Khorasan, Iran

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Environment and Pollution

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Environment and Pollution are now available here for free:
  • Genotoxic action of naphthenic acids on the fish macrophage cell line, RTS11
  • Residues of organochlorine pesticides and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in surface waters, soils and sediments of the Kaidu River catchment, northwest China
  • Factors affecting the leaching behaviours of magnesium phosphate cement-stabilised/solidified Pb-contaminated soil, part 1: water-to-solid ratio and Pb concentration
  • Using 137Cs and 210Pbex to quantify the effects of land use on soil organic carbon and total nitrogen in the subtropical Dianchi watershed, southwest China
  • Assessment of ambient air quality around mines, in buffer zone and along ore transportation routes in iron ore mining region of Goa: emphasis on spatial distributions and seasonal variations
  • EDTA and citrate impact on heavy metals phytoremediation using paulownia hybrids
  • Evaluation of some blood parameters in parallel with expression of p53 and IL-6 in industrial pollution exposed subject
  • CFD modelling of dispersion in neutrally and stably-stratified atmospheric boundary layers: results for Prairie Grass and Thorney Island

Special issue published: "Advances in Engineering Systems and Product Technology"

International Journal of Materials and Product Technology 59(4) 2019

  • Effect of nano-yttria dispersion on the microstructure and mechanical properties of W-Ni-Co alloys
  • Coupling reduction of two element MIMO antenna using parasitic element for LTE band application
  • Random dopant fluctuations impact reduction in 7 nm bulk-FinFET by substrate engineering
  • Volumetric shrinkage prediction in fused deposition modelling process - ANFIS modelling approach

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Information Technology and Management

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Information Technology and Management are now available here for free:
  • An improved reversible data hiding scheme based on pixel permutation
  • Sampling method based on improved C4.5 decision tree and its application in prediction of telecom customer churn
  • Dataset replica placement strategy under a response time constraint in the cloud
  • The research on the selection of the rice transfer machine
  • A decision support system for identification of technology innovation risk based on sequential CBR
  • Electric vehicle range estimation based on the road congestion level classification
  • Research on the measuring method and structure mining of organisation conflict
  • Analysis of the multi-agent's relationship in collaborative innovation network for science and technology SEMs based on evolutionary game theory

Research pick: Using social media at work - "Does social media use at work lower productivity?"

A new study by researchers in the USA suggests that the use of social media can sometimes have a negative impact on a work project and sometimes correlate positively with success. Writing in the International Journal of Information Technology and Management, the team suggests that using one of the most well-known social media systems, Facebook can have a negative effect on project success whereas LinkedIn has a positive effect.

Joseph Vithayathil of the School of Business at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Majid Dadgar of the School of Management at the University of San Francisco, and Kalu Osiri of the College of Business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, based their conclusions on an empirical study that analysed the relationship between the use of social media at work and project success at work.

It is well known to employers and employees that workers somehow find time during working hours to use Facebook, LinkedIn, personal Google Mail, Youtube, and many other apps and services unrelated to their work. There are numerous examples of employees being fired for using online services during the working day for personal reasons, such as online shopping, sharing photos and updates, and simply chatting to friends. The rationale is that the use of such services will inevitably have a detrimental effect on work and project success, individual implications for morale aside. Social media use continues unabated regardless of employer perception.

However, the US team has shown that for educated employees their use of LinkedIn, which is often considered a more business and work-related social media platform, correlates positively with project success at work. It may well be that this particular social media service is considered less flippant than others and is used for creating and building contacts at the professional level as well as gaining information pertinent to one’s employment.

Vithayathil, J., Dadgar, M. and Osiri, J.K. (2020) ‘Does social media use at work lower productivity?’, Int. J. Information Technology and Management, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp.47–67.

20 January 2020

Research pick: Refurbished smart phones – the Millennial or Gen X choice - "Modelling the purchase intention of millennial and Generation X consumers, towards refurbished mobile phones in India"

Millions living on the Indian sub-continent aspire to ownership of the technological breakthroughs, smartphones, tablet computers, etc that are now almost ubiquitous in other countries. The question of sustainability arises as does the notion of a so-called “green” economics when considering the huge numbers involved.

A new report in the International Journal of Green Economics, discusses one aspect of technology that might allow such issues to be addressed to some extent. Namely, the idea that a large proportion of the population with disposable income is keen to own and use such technology but also quite well aware of the consequences in terms of material resources, waste and pollution, and climate change. Might those born in the two to three decades from the mid-1960s onwards, the so-called “Generation X” and their successors the “Millennials” perhaps be more inclined to take a refurbished mobile phone rather than a brand-new gadget in the name of “saving the planet”.

Prathamesh Mhatre formerly of Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences in Bangalore and Hosur Srinivasan Srivatsa of the M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, in Karnataka, India, point out that in the face of consumer pressure born of environmental concern, many companies have been forced to implement refurbishment, recycling, and reuse strategies. This not only gives them a new market but will hopefully have the benefits that consumers are hoping to see in terms of an improved environment.

The team surveyed people born after the so-called “Baby boom” of 1946 to 1964, thus during the approximate periods 1964 to 1980 and then onwards to about 1997, representing “Generation X” and the “Millennial” generation. They looked at purchase intention of people in those two groups living in metropolitan cities of India and analysed their data using Structural Equation Modelling.

“Attitude towards refurbishment, perceived risk and perceived benefit have a significant impact on the purchase intention of Generation X consumers,” the team found. Gen X consumers seek direct benefits from purchasing refurbished phones, in other words. “By contrast, the results for Millennials show that product knowledge, perceived risk, attitude towards refurbishment and subjective norm significantly impact their purchase intention, the team reports. The results contradict earlier studies that suggested that behavioural control does not affect purchase intention and suggests that theoretical models do not always assess different demographics correctly.

Mhatre, P. and Srivatsa, H.S. (2019) ‘Modelling the purchase intention of millennial and Generation X consumers, towards refurbished mobile phones in India’, Int. J. Green Economics, Vol. 13, Nos. 3/4, pp.257–275.

17 January 2020

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Vehicle Performance

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Vehicle Performance are now available here for free:
  • Integration of geometry and small and large deformation analysis for vehicle modelling: chassis, and airless and pneumatic tyre flexibility
  • Cosimulation of vehicle dynamics and terrain interaction to predict one-pass vehicle cone index
  • Deformable soil with adaptive level of detail for tracked and wheeled vehicles
  • Lightweight dynamic vehicle models oriented to vehicle electrification
  • Chrono::Vehicle: template-based ground vehicle modelling and simulation
  • Active longitudinal load transfer control for improving vehicle's stability

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Nanomanufacturing

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Nanomanufacturing are now available here for free:
  • One-dimensional Z-scheme TiO2/WO3 composite nanofibres for enhanced photocatalytic activity of hydrogen production
  • The effect of nano-zirconia on the morphology and mechanical properties of PVDF/PAN membrane as separators in super capacitors
  • The study on flexible AgVO3 nano paper and its visible light photocatalytic activity
  • Enhanced photocatalytic activity of AgVO3/TiO2 nanorod array composite film under visible light irradiation
  • Sulphur-doped banana peel-derived activated carbon as electrode materials for supercapacitors
  • Creating binder-free supercapacitor electrodes from biomass resources: a nitrogen-doped pomelo peel derived carbon foam
  • Surface modification of TiO2 nanorod arrays with Ag3PO4 @ PANI nanoparticles for enhancing photoelectrochemical performance
  • Low temperature dependence of mechanical process of ultrathin aluminium films: molecular dynamics simulations
  • Influence of shear-induced crystallisation on the rheological behaviour of polyethylene
  • Khaki-coloured niobium oxide nanochains with enhanced lithium storage performances
  • Silicon-based anode materials with three-dimensional conductive network for high-performance lithium ion batteries
  • Scalable synthesis of Sn nanoparticles encapsulated in hierarchical porous carbon networks for high-rate reversible lithium storage
  • Growth of NiCo2O4 nanotubes @MnO2 sheet core-shell arrays on 3D hierarchical porous carbon aerogels as superior electrodes for supercapacitors
  • Experimental investigation on the surface tension and contact angle of Al2O3-oil and SiO2-oil nanofluids
  • Photocatalytic properties of magnesium aluminate spinel nanoparticles prepared by chemical precipitation method
  • Preparation and characterisation of cMWCNTs-mSA/mCS bipolar membrane for electrochemical synthesis
  • Preparation of poly(3-hydroxybutyrateco-3-hydroxyvalerate) supported cobalt phthalocyanine thin membranes and its catalytic degradation of methylene blue
  • Hollow microellipsoid lithium silicate with mesoporosity and its formation mechanism
  • The luminescent properties of GdAlO3:Tb3+ phosphors based on molten salts addition
  • Molecular dynamics simulation of shear deformation of multi-layer graphene sheets with Tersoff potential
  • Multiferroic behaviours of Mn-doped Bi4NdTi3FeO15 ceramics

Inderscience journals to invite expanded papers from International Conference on Sustainability, Governance and Responsibility 2020 for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Sustainability, Governance and Responsibility (ICSGR 2020) (23-24 January 2020, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Delhi, India) will be invited for review and potential publication by the following journals:

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Banking, Accounting and Finance

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Banking, Accounting and Finance are now available here for free:
  • Pricing 'partial-average' Asian options with the binomial method
  • Forecasting the daily dynamic hedge ratios in emerging European stock futures markets: evidence from GARCH models
  • Reaction of EU stock markets to ECB policy interventions
  • The WTI/Brent oil futures price differential and the globalisation-regionalisation hypothesis

Research pick: Homomorphic encryption for cloud users - "Secure cloud computing using homomorphic construction"

A new approach to encryption could improve user perception of cloud computing services where the users are concerned about private or personal data being exposed to third parties. Writing in the International Journal of Cloud Computing, the team outlines a proposed homomorphic encryption system.

Homomorphic encryption was developed more than a decade ago and represented something of a significant breakthrough in security. By definition, it allows computations to be carried out on a ciphertext (the user’s data in the cloud service, for instance), generating an result that is still encrypted but when decrypted by the user matches exactly the result that would be obtained if the same computational operations had been carried out on the user’s plain-text as opposed to the uploaded ciphertext. It is thus very useful for ensuring the privacy of data uploaded to cloud and other outsourced computer services.

Despite all the benefits of cloud computing, the very nature of the services wherein a user by necessity must share data with a third party, the cloud service provider, means that there are endless issues of trust. Indeed, many users have not adopted cloud services because they recognise that those services being in a different domain to their own personal or private system offers malicious third parties an opportunity to access their data in a way that would not be possible if that data were held only on the user’s domain. The use of sophisticated tools such as homomorphic encryption adds a layer or reassurance that should open up cloud services to all but the most neurotic of user at least within limits.

Swathi, V. and Vani, M.P. (2019) ‘Secure cloud computing using homomorphic construction‘, Int. J. Cloud Computing, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp.354-370.

16 January 2020

Inderscience journals to invite expanded papers from International Conference on Sustainability, Governance and Responsibility 2020 for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Sustainability, Governance and Responsibility (ICSGR 2020) (23-24 January 2020, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Delhi, India) will be invited for review and potential publication by the following journals:

New Editor for World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research

Associate Prof. Violeta Roso from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden has been appointed to take over editorship of the World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research.

Research pick: Heat check on a chip - "Development of chip calorimeter based on Bi/Al thermopile for biological sample measurement"

Scientists working in medical research, biology, cellular studies, and in understanding bacteria and other pathogens often need to know about temperature rises and falls in the systems on which they focus. Many processes involve heat production and tracking those changes can get to the core of understanding a process, diagnosing a disease or perhaps investigating whether a pharmaceutical, such as an antibiotic, will work.

Now, Joohyun Lee and Il Doh of the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, in Daejeon, South Korea, have developed a tiny device that measures otherwise undetectable heat changes. They describe their “chip calorimeter” in the International Journal of Nanotechnology. The devices is based on a thermopile made from bismuth and aluminium and can detect sub-microwatt changes in the energy levels, and thus the heat generated by very small scale systems such as cell samples or bacterial cultures.

The chip calorimeter measures 8 by 10 millimetres and comprises four identical measurement units. A platinum electrode to generate heats in the centre and two thermopiles on both sides of the heater and maintains the device at a known temperature within a range of 20 millikelvin, this is technically the furnace and acts as a baseline for the system so that any heat increase from a sample can be detected. The whole device is supported on a membrane of silicon nitride just 1 micrometre thick. “Any heat generation by sample or heater in the area of the inner thermopile connection induces temperature difference between the outer and the inner connections so that it produces voltage signal measurable with a nanovoltmeter,” the team explains.

The chip calorimeter could ultimately be employed in measuring metabolic heat of cells for antibiotic research, changes in environmental samples, and temperature changes associated with disease for diagnosis, the team writes.

Lee, J. and Doh, I. (2019) ‘Development of chip calorimeter based on Bi/Al thermopile for biological sample measurement’, Int. J. Nanotechnol., Vol. 16, Nos. 4/5, pp.281–288.