18 April 2018

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering are now available here for free:
  • Impact of surface roughness and contact pressure on wear behaviour of PEEK, POM, and PE-UHMW
  • Effect of initial roughness and oxidation on the running-in wear of machined surfaces under dry sliding
  • Methods of nanostructured coatings deposition by magnetron sputtering and cathodic arc evaporation
  • Surface nanostructuring of Ti-6Al-4V alloy through ultrasonic shot peening
  • Tribological effects of nano-based engine oil diluted with biodiesel fuel
  • Mechanism of Al-Si codeposition on In738LC through single-step diffusion process

Special issue published: "Swarm Intelligence: Algorithms and Applications"

International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation 11(2) 2018
  • Population-based variable neighbourhood search algorithm applied to unconstrained continuous optimisation
  • An alternative approach for particle swarm optimisation using serendipity
  • Feature selection based on binary particle swarm optimisation and neural networks for pathological voice detection
  • Embedded implementation of template matching using correlation and particle swarm optimisation
  • A memetic algorithm for power system damping controllers design
  • Using the metaheuristic methods for real-time optimisation of dynamic school bus routing problem and an application

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Migration and Border Studies

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies are now available here for free:
  • Coming and going: the impacts of precarious work and non-citizenship on immigrant in- and out-migration in New Brunswick
  • The rights of resettled refugees in the UK: lessons for 'new' resettlement states and rights based advocacy for refugees
  • Settling refugees in Australia: achievements and challenges
  • Refugee healthcare in Canada: responses to the 2012 changes to the interim federal health program
  • Aspirational yet precarious: compliance of New Zealand refugee settlement policy with international human rights obligations

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies

Blockchains and cryptocurrencies are now topics of substantial impact that academia and industry need to contemplate, exploit and adopt. The mission of IJBC is to be the premier resource for the most innovative scholarly and professional research information pertaining to the management and use of blockchains and cryptocurrencies. Its articles will be essential for anyone interested in this area. The International Journal of Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies is the first journal dedicated to this topic.

17 April 2018

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering are now available here for free:
  • Identification of geochemical anomalies by the use of concentration-area (C-A) fractal model in Nakhilab region, SE Iran
  • Analysing equipment allocation through queuing theory and Monte-Carlo simulations in surface mining operations
  • A numerical modelling study of longwall face stability in mining thick coal seams in China
  • The 'golden ten years': underground coal mining and its impacts on land use and subsequent social problems: a case study on the Jining city region, China
  • Heuristic stope layout optimisation accounting for variable stope dimensions and dilution management

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

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Space-Based and Situated Computing are now available here for free:
  • Using trust to detect denial of service attacks in the internet of things over MANETs 
  • An energy-aware algorithm to migrate virtual machines in a server cluster 
  • Adaptive security provisioning for vehicular safety applications 
  • Design and evaluation of an ambient intelligence testbed for improving quality of life 
  • Implementation and experimental evaluation of an omnidirectional wheelchair for sports and moving in rooms with narrow spaces

Special issue published: "Borders, (Dis)Order, And Exclusion: Mapping Migration Governance From the Margins"

International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 4(1/2) 2018
  • Luxury limbo: temporal techniques of border control and the humanitarianisation of waiting
  • The Mexico-Canada border: extraterritorial border control and the production of 'economic refugees'
  • The ambiguous architecture of precarity: temporary protection, everyday living and migrant journeys of Syrian refugees
  • A visible geography of invisible journeys: Central American migration and the politics of survival
  • Immigrants or children? The expulsion of unaccompanied minors from two California towns
  • Proliferating borders and precarious queers: migrant justice organising beyond LGBT inclusion
Additional papers
  • Capital is key: a case for migrants' cultural capital
  • Borderzones and the politics of irregularisation: the Interim Federal Health Program and Toronto's everyday places of healthcare

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Intelligent Enterprise

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Intelligent Enterprise are now available here for free:
  • Hybrid modelling of an off line Arabic handwriting recognition system: results and evaluation
  • Security model on mobile banking application: attack simulation and countermeasures
  • Internet of things' business impact and its application layer protocol in embedded systems
  • Optimising business intelligence results through strategic application of software process model
  • Integrating WLI fuzzy clustering with grey neural network for missing data imputation
  • A logistical perspective on provisioning resources in ad hoc virtual cloud to access business modules for an enterprise
  • Modelling and simulation DC-DC power converter buck for mobile applications using MATLAB/Simulink
  • Beef and horse meat discrimination and storage time classification using a portable device based on DSP and PCA method
  • Integration of location-based information into mobile learning management system to verify scientific formulas in informal learning environment
  • The effects of e-banking quality on customers' trust-satisfaction and commitment: a field study on users of Jordanian banks
  • Towards data centre resource scheduling via hybrid cuckoo search algorithm in multi-cloud environment
  • Multi-user utility pattern based cloud service negotiation for quality of service improvement: an implicit interest prediction approach

16 April 2018

Special issue published: "Advances in Intelligent Machine Tools and Manufacturing"

International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems 11(1) 2018
  • Experimental investigation on tool wear and measurement method in micro milling with carbide tools
  • Transient morphology analysis and sparse representation for bearing fault diagnosis under variable speed condition
  • High strength aluminium alloy fatigue damage alert of high speed train gearbox shell using acoustic emission instrument
  • Experimental study on the effect of coolant on the thermal characteristics of gear grinding machine under load
  • Simulation of surface structuring considering the acceleration behaviour by means of spindle control
  • Dynamics and chatter analysis in robotic milling

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Critical Accounting

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Critical Accounting are now available here for free:
  • Small business units in Cameroon: the current informal situation and perspectives for a total state control
  • Double-entry bookkeeping as an institution
  • Academic freedom and a critique of 'top quality' accounting research
  • On neo-colonialism and the colonisation of accounting research
  • Regulating financial crises in the USA, the dialectic and beyond part A

Special issue published: "Supply Chain Quality and Sustainability"

International Journal of Intelligent Enterprise 5(1/2) 2018
  • Exploring environmental sustainability in the food service supply chains
  • An insight into centralised sourcing strategy for enhancing performance and sustainability of multi-tier supply network
  • Developing the preferred supplier relationships - a case study
  • Managing welfare driven supply chains: insights from the Indian PDS
  • Assessment of top management leadership and commitment to improve perishable food supply chain quality
  • Adoption of sustainable supply operation quality practices and their impact on stakeholder's performance and sustainable performance for sustainable competitiveness in Indian manufacturing companies
  • Sustainable supplier selection by way of managing knowledge: a case of the automotive industry
  • Coordination quality index: a metric for measuring the quality of coordination efforts in humanitarian supply chain
  • A practical quality management system implementation framework for small-sized companies
  • Supply chain risk management and quality: a case study and analysis of Indian automotive industry

Research Picks – 15 Apr 2018

Payback
Economic theory of the past suggested that individuals make decisions under emergency and risk situations following expected utility theory. However, research now suggests that this is not a realistic interpretation of human behaviour. Experiment shows that people act with reciprocity, paying other back in kind, whether in a positive or negative sense. A new study from Greece which had undergraduates playing two games of game theory – ultimatum and dictator – produced reliable conclusions about the two kinds of economic people. Ultimately, the study reveals that people have reciprocal behaviour even if this sometimes drives in irrational behaviour according to the economic theory. In other words, when being given an unfair offer, individuals will respond negatively even if the actual offer would maximize utility.
Avgeris, A., Kontogeorgos, A. and Sergaki, P. (2017) ‘Reciprocity in trades: an experimental game approach’, Int. J. Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp.298–313.

Homogenising healthcare data
Wearable devices and mobile apps for healthcare activity monitoring are becoming increasingly widespread and yet there is no all-encompassing model of their use, according to scientists in South Korea. They point out that one of the problems is that the proliferation of such devices means there are huge and very disparate data streams to contend with at the individual and at the database end. They have now developed a model for sensors and activity monitors that removes the heterogeneity of all this big data and fuses the different types of data stream into reorganized personal healthcare activity logs that can then be used to visualize them in a more meaningful way. This will benefit personal medicine at the patient and the healthcare provider level, the team hopes.
Seo, D., Yoo, B. and Ko, H. (2018) ‘Information fusion of heterogeneous sensors for enriched personal healthcare activity logging’, Int. J. Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing, Vol. 27, No. 4, pp.256–269

Cancel that echo
Researchers in India have focused on a ubiquitous problem in the world of acoustic echo in communication. Until now adaptive filters can be used to cancel echo but none of these work perfectly and some lead to signal degradation. The team has found a way to break down a large filter into smaller sub-filters that work more effectively. Their algorithm will thus circumvent some of the echo problems that arise because of a variety technical factors that are beyond the user’s control such as poor room acoustics, low-quality handsets, marginal microphones, the use of lengthy untwisted wiring, and bridge-taps.
Barik, A., Mohanty, M.N. and Das, K. (2018) ‘Convergence analysis of adaptive MSFs used for acoustic echo cancellation’, Int. J. Information and Communication Technology, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp.196–207.

Risky cyber business
Larger companies will have resources available to them to address the risks associated with their online activities. However, smaller companies often do not. A small business owner may find themselves managing their business as well as attempting to protect their internet connection, website, and digital assets. At best, often a family member, friend, or hired-hand may take on the “cybersecurity” role, but without those large-scale corporate resources, they may well remain vulnerable to malware, hackers, and denial of service attacks and other issues. A survey of several hundred small businesses by scientists in the USA suggests that this is a widespread problem. Small business owners seem to lack even the most basic of tools and skills to handle cybersecurity and often ignore best practice advice when it comes to using different strong passwords for each of their systems and accounts, for instance. There is a growing need for easy access to advice on policies, procedures, and training to help small companies to secure their information resources.
Berry, C.T. and Berry, R.L. (2018) ‘An initial assessment of small business risk management approaches for cyber security threats’, Int. J. Business Continuity and Risk Management, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp.1–10.

14 April 2018

Free sample articles newly available from Journal of Design Research

The following sample articles from the Journal of Design Research are now available here for free:
  • Dynamics of shifting viewpoints: an investigation into users' attitudes towards products
  • Designed to support or impede energy conservation? How design characteristics influence people's energy use
  • Is this a design-worthy dilemma? Identifying relevant and inspiring concern conflicts as input for user-centred design
  • Framing humanitarian action through design thinking: integrating vulnerable end-users into complex multi-stakeholder systems through 'Agenda Space mapping'

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Convergence Computing

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Convergence Computing are now available here for free:
  • Remote login password authentication scheme using tangent theorem on circle
  • Asymptotic expansions for approximate eigenvalues of integral operators with a weakly singular periodic kernel
  • Comparative numerical investigation of Burgers' equation with and without Hopf-Cole transformation
  • Local convergence for a derivative free method of order three under weak conditions
  • The b-chromatic number of Mycielskian of some graphs
  • Neuro-fuzzy-based smart DSS for crop specific irrigation control and SMS notification generation for precision agriculture

International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing to publish expanded papers from 7th International Conference on Frontier Computing (FC 2018)

Extended versions of papers presented at the 7th International Conference on Frontier Computing (3-6 July 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) will be published by the International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing.

13 April 2018

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Reasoning-based Intelligent Systems

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Reasoning-based Intelligent Systems are now available here for free:
  • Community detection using intelligent water drops optimisation algorithm
  • Multi-objective design optimisation of four-bar mechanisms using a hybrid ICA-GA algorithm
  • A 0-1 bat algorithm for cellular network optimisation: a systematic study on mapping techniques
  • An improved HBA metaheuristic
  • Rotation-invariant method for texture matching using model-based histograms and GLCM

International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing to publish expanded papers from 9th International Conference on Information Technology in Medicine and Education (ITME 2018)

Extended versions of papers presented at the 9th International Conference on Information Technology in Medicine and Education (19-21 October 2018, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China) will be published by the International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing.

Free sample articles newly available from African Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance

The following sample articles from the African Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance are now available here for free:
  • Accounting and the state in post-communist Romania
  • Corporate governance mechanisms and accounting information quality of listed firms in Ghana
  • Accounting accruals, earnings management and future performance of IPOs
  • Assessment of internal control systems to curb corporate fraud - evidence from Brazil

Special issue on: Smart Converging Technology"

International Journal of Convergence Computing 3(1) 2018
  • Development of an adaptive non-parametric model for estimating maximum efficiency of disc membrane
  • Designing and modelling of grid connected photovoltaic system (case study: EEU Building at Hawassa City)
  • Wheat yield forecasting using fuzzy logic
  • A novel method for reduction of leakage current in MOSFET
  • Development of real time monitoring system for intake water of surface water treatment plant with the help of segmented polynomial neural network

12 April 2018

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Value Chain Management

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Value Chain Management are now available here for free:
  • The effect of managers' pressure on innovation performance of Chinese enterprises
  • Job satisfaction of part-time vs. full-time workers in Turkey: the effect of income and work status satisfaction
  • The emergence of value chain thinking
  • The network business model of cloud computing for end-to-end supply chain visibility
  • The web and the consumer-company and buyer-seller interfaces - making sense of the the architecture of demand and supply chain management

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Managerial and Financial Accounting

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Managerial and Financial Accounting are now available here for free:
  • Do the media capture banking system risk? Evidence from the EU-15 countries
  • The failure processes and their relation to the business interruption moment
  • The influence of voluntary disclosure on the volatility of firms from a multi-stakeholder perspective
  • Do Tunisian firms manage earnings to attain thresholds?
  • Does mandatory IFRS convergence constrain rounding manipulations in accounting? Evidence from Chinese firms

Special issue published: "Application of Multimedia Technology in Intelligent Manufacturing"

International Journal of Reasoning-based Intelligent Systems 10(1) 2018
  • An effective foggy image acquisition algorithm in multimedia big data era
  • An effective system layout planning method for railway logistics centre in the background of big data
  • The development and popularisation of network platform of college sports venues in intelligent manufacturing
  • Bi-level optimisation model for greener transportation with intelligent transport system
  • Personalised ranking online reviews based on user individual preferences
  • Fuzzy self-learning control of glass tempering and annealing temperature based on the optimised genetic big data analysis algorithm
  • A medical big data analysis algorithm based on access control system
Additional papers
  • Social network analysis: friendship inferred by chosen courses, commuting time and student performance at university
  • Design of public bicycle scheduling model based on data mining algorithm

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Education Economics and Development

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Education Economics and Development are now available here for free:
  • Adding value by degree: a case study
  • Scaling up innovation: does research and development have a role to play in economic growth? A case of Hungary
  • The contribution of secondary education on regional economic growth in Greece, over the period 1995-2012s
  • Assessing student performance with the help of tutorials and lectures
  • An empirical study on student absenteeism in affiliated institutions of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
  • Foreign direct investment and higher education development in Pakistan: evidence from structural break testing

11 April 2018

Special issue published: "News in Acoustic Emission Testing and Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering"

International Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties 12(3/4) 2017
  • Advanced signal analysis of acoustic emission data to discrimination of different corrosion forms
  • The use of b-value and Ib-value of acoustic emission in monitoring hydrogen-assisted cracking of martensitic stainless steel
  • Deformation and fracture analysis of nitrided steels by acoustic emission measurement
  • Analysis of fatigue processes of SLM materials by acoustic emission
  • Effectiveness of deep cryogenic treatment in improving mechanical and wear properties of cold work tool steels
  • Materials and process engineering aspects of warm deep rolling
  • Thermal characterisation of cooling power of quenchants and its influence on microstructure evolution in EN19 steels using Jominy end quench test setup
  • Powder metallurgy opens new ways for tool steels
  • Simulation of backup rolls quenching with experimental study of deep cryogenic treatment
  • Robust generation of bio-inspired ultrahydrophobic metallic surfaces by nanosecond pulsed lasers
  • The application of modern high-energy electron beam technologies
  • Development of microstructure and creep resistance of a martensitic creep resistant steel

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics are now available here for free:
  • Impact analysis of application layer DDoS attacks on web services: a simulation study
  • Fuzzy brain storming optimisation algorithm
  • Improved human-computer interaction for mechanical systems design through augmented strain/stress visualisation
  • A multimodal tactile interface for immersive virtual experience
  • Towards distributed layered intrusion detection system for large scale wireless sensor networks

Special issue published: "Policy Incentives, Investments And Growth in Emerging Economies"

International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies 11(1/2) 2018
  • Farmer's prosperity: justice or profit?
  • Knowledge spillover through foreign direct investment in textile industry
  • Testing models of the measuring performance of mutual fund based on single and dual beta
  • Effect of petroleum product prices on Thailand's economic growth
  • Evaluation of emerging entrepreneurship policy
  • The role of organisational culture, intellectual capital and competitive advantage in supporting the government policies in education
  • Economic and social causes for a late development: India vs. Ethiopia
  • An exploratory study on employee assistance program for career development counselling
  • Earnings and engagement of seamen workers
  • The strategic formulation of competitive advantage on private higher education institution using participatory prospective analysis
  • Study program's evaluation using data envelopment analysis
Additional papers
  • In what way does the construction sector contribute to economic growth? Empirical evidence from India
  • The response of oil market to US monetary policy surprises

New Editor for International Journal of Network Science

Prof. Farid Naït-Abdesselam from the University of Paris Descartes in France has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Network Science.