23 September 2016

Call for papers: "Recent Progress in Clean Coal Research"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology.

Coal is the most widely distributed fossil fuel. It has several important uses including the generation of electricity. However, it must be utilised effectively and sustainably to protect the environment. This special issue primarily aims to accumulate some of the current research activities on clean coal initiatives for its gainful and sustainable utilisation, along with quality research papers on different topics of clean coal research. We will focus on various issues related to the resource quality assessment of coal and the advancement of coal processing, beneficiation and utilisation technologies. We also intended to have an emphasis on the value addition and efficient utilisation of coal waste such as coal fly ash management and will have a broader impact on the coal research communities around the world.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Clean coal initiatives
  • Advancements in coal beneficiation
  • Coal Combustion and Carbonisation
  • Coal chemistry, geochemistry and mineralogy
  • Value addition to coal
  • Utilisation of low-quality coal
  • Fly ash management and environmental impacts of coal-based industries
  • Advances in coal mine designing and mine planning
  • Issues related to coal mining and occupational health
  • Acid mine drainage
  • Coal gasification and liquefaction
  • Coal mine rejects and eco-restoration of mine dump
  • Application of nanoscience in coal
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 January, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 April, 2017
Final versions due: 30 June, 2017

How best to share a taxi ride

Researchers in Uruguay have developed an evolutionary algorithm to allow a smart city to facilitate efficient taxi sharing to cut an individual’s transport costs as well as reduce congestion and traffic pollution. Details are outlined in the International Journal of Metaheuristics.

Transportation planning will play a critical role in the design and development of the smart cities of the future especially in light of the “sharing economy” of consumer-to-consumer services such as ride-sharing schemes and home and office rental schemes. In the absence of sufficient car-sharing schemes, there will remain a need for hired personal transport in the form of taxis. Now, Renzo Massobrio, Gabriel Fagúndez and Sergio Nesmachnow of the Universidad de la República in Montevideo, have found a way to route shared taxis more efficiently. Tests on real GPS data for taxi journeys shows that the algorithm can reduce delays and travel costs for the group of passengers.

The team reports that, smart cities use information and communications technologies to improve the quality and performance of urban services. “In this way, it is possible to reduce costs, increase efficiency in the use of resources, and allow a more active participation of citizens,” they say. Carpooling has come to the fore as an alternative to public transport and conventional taxi use.
“Sharing vehicles among people with similar travel needs has both economical and environmental benefits, at individual and collective levels. This practice allows minimising the travel costs for passengers while simultaneously reducing the number of vehicles on the streets and pollution,” the team explains. Indeed, several companies have latched on to this trend to launch well-known services to accommodate the transport needs of city dwellers. In parallel with carpooling and private drivers transporting private citizens, sharing conventional taxi journeys offers similar benefits. The team is developing an online application for end users.

Massobrio, R., Fagúndez, G. and Nesmachnow, S. (2016) ‘Multiobjective evolutionary algorithms for the taxi sharing problem‘, Int. J. Metaheuristics, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp.67-90.
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Special issue published: "Materials Design and Development in Tribology"

International Journal of Materials and Product Technology 53(3/4) 2016

Includes extended versions of papers presented at the Malaysian International Tribology Conference 2015 (MITC2015).
  • Tribological behaviour of aluminium/boron carbide (B4C)/graphite (Gr) hybrid metal matrix composite under dry sliding motion by using ANOVA
  • FEM simulation for determining suitable parameters for dimple structure fabrication in turning process 
  • The relation between the tribological test results and tactile response
  • An experimental study of friction in fibre-fibre contacts
  • Compressive properties of green rubber foam from reclaimed rubber glove
  • Selection of natural fibre reinforced composites using fuzzy VIKOR for car front hood
  • TRIZ approach for machining process innovation in cryogenic environment
  • Experimental study of the shot peening treatment effect on austenitic stainless steel
Additional Papers
  • Effect of lauric diethanolamide on biodegradability and performance characteristics of mineral hydraulic oil
  • The effect of surface dispersants on electrodeposited antimony nanoparticles
  • Evaluation of the residual stresses and corrosion resistance of shot-peened 7075 aluminium alloy under different states

Call for papers: "Security for Smart Grid and Internet of Things Applications"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions.

Today, Internet of Things (IoT) is a novel paradigm in the development and evolution of the internet. The IoT is able, via modern wireless telecommunications, to identify and co-operate digitally with physical objects (or ‘things’) in order to exchange data between physical and virtual worlds. Due to recent developments in IoT related to electronics, software, sensors, actuators, there is active research interest in the connection between IoT and smart grid. With active and passive attacks, this connection makes the attacker’s task easier to disrupt the network and disclose the object privacy. However, the smart grid with IoT cannot be widely deployed without considering the security requirements, namely, authentication, integrity, non-repudiation, access control, and privacy.
This special issue will address the latest advances and challenges in novel techniques, algorithms, architectures and experiences within the field of security, privacy and trust for smart grid and internet of things applications.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Intrusion detection system (IDS)/intrusion prevention system (IPS)
  • Game theoretical models of smart grid security
  • Cryptography, key management, authorisation and access control for IoT
  • Sensor networks and RFID security
  • Secure software development for IoT
  • IoT security issues in P2P, distributed, and parallel systems
  • Privacy-preserving systems
  • Protocol security for IoT
  • Embedded systems security for IoT
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 March, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 June, 2017
Final versions due: 20 September, 2017

22 September 2016

International Journal of Emergency Management to publish expanded papers from TIEMS DCEM II conference 2016

Extended versions of papers presented at the TIEMS DCEM II conference 2016 (11-14 October 2016, Kiev, Ukraine) will be published by the International Journal of Emergency Management.

Call for papers: "Research Methods in International Management"

For a special issue of the European Journal of International Management.

The purpose of this special issue is to explore quantitative and qualitative research methods in international management by considering both new methods and new ways of using traditional methods. New research methods in management may emerge in response to the definition of a problem or the research conducted by other scholars. The emergence of new tools, techniques and software as well as changes in the environment under study that require new sources of information also offer opportunities to develop and employ new methods.
Many researchers believe that good theory followed by bad methods hinders their ability to create theory by generalising findings to other temporal and geographical contexts (Lewin, 1945; Tsoukas, 1989). For example, real-world relationships are often asymmetrical, and although multiple regression analysis is effective at identifying symmetric relationships, it sometimes fails to capture relationships of asymmetry. Qualitative comparative analysis can help overcome this problem (Fiss, 2011; Mendel and Korjani, 2013). Each management method is a lens that allows us to interpret one or more forms of management and to seek a variety of solutions to new or existing problems. Hence, a critical review of these methods and careful analysis of the resulting conclusions is crucial. Management in different economies, sectors and businesses depends on the results arising from different methods.
Scientific research uses different quantitative and/or qualitative methods to provide different answers to problems. In management, the language used in research is important to enable communication between academia and researchers during both data collection and the dissemination of findings. Contrasting different studies (or even the same study) using different methods reduces the gap between theory and practice because it leads to the generalisation of findings and ensures that the theory can become more widely used.
We welcome management research papers that present new solutions using quantitative approaches, qualitative analysis as an alternative to traditional quantitative methods, and examples and applications of new methods. We aim to provide high-quality empirical evidence using multiple methods and to present papers that discuss different empirical perspectives.
Papers that combine different research methods are particularly welcome. We are open to imaginative and interesting ideas that fit within the scope of this call for papers.
Although a description of the method is optional, its empirical applications and the potential methodological advancements that demonstrate its usefulness in management research and practice should be emphasised, as should the method’s limitations.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Perspectives and techniques in management research
  • Quantitative and qualitative methodological proposals by researchers
  • Comparisons between quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Consolidation and application of the most relevant methods and criticism of certain aspects of other methods (e.g. their implications or even their fundamental proposals)
  • New methods (if applicable) and new forms and applications of traditional methods in management research
  • Tools and techniques in content analysis, including text analysis software applied to different settings and topics
  • Predictive validation testing of models using hold-out samples and testing for causal asymmetry in previous studies
  • Forms of hybridisation between qualitative and quantitative techniques in management research
  • Differences in methodology and concepts when comparing approaches across different empirical studies
  • Discrepancies, criticism and debate of papers published in refereed journals
  • Other new qualitative research methods or techniques and new ways of applying traditional quantitative methods in management research
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 July, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 October,2017
Final versions due: 31 January, 2018

Fiss, P.C. (2011). Building better causal theories: A fuzzy set approach to typologies in organization research. Academy of Management Journal, Vol. 54, 393-420.
Lewin, K. (1945). The research center for group dynamics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sociometry, Vol. 8, 126-135.
Mendel, J.M. and Korjani, M.M. (2013). Theoretical aspects of Fuzzy Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA). Information Sciences, Vol. 237, 137-161.
Tsoukas, H. (1989). The validity of ideographic research explanations. Academy of Management Review, Vol. 14, 551-561.

21 September 2016

Special issue published: "Recent Advances in Wireless Sensor Networks with Environmental Energy Harvesting"

International Journal of Sensor Networks 21(4) 2016
  • A group-based wireless body sensors network using energy harvesting for soccer team monitoring
  • Energy harvesting for wireless sensor networks: applications and challenges in smart grid
  • An efficient power conservation scheme in non-zero-sum duty-cycle game for wireless sensor networks
  • Energy-aware probing period dimensioning algorithms for mobile WSN-HEAP
Additional paper
  • Cluster-based energy-aware routing scheme (CBEARS) for wireless sensor network

20 September 2016

Inderscience is media partner for Asia Pacific Commercial Vehicle Summit 2016

Inderscience is a media partner for the Asia Pacific Commercial Vehicle Summit 2016 (5-6 December 2016, Singapore).

The journals involved are:
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Inderscience is media partner for 3rd Asia Pacific Reman Summit 2016

Inderscience is a media partner for the 3rd Asia Pacific Reman Summit 2016 (17-18 November 2016, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia).

The journals involved are:
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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy are now available here for free:
  • Foreign investment and economic growth interactions in Eurasia: 1960 to 2011
  • EU in the struggle for global governance: geopolitical ethics
  • Impact of institutional investors on financial market stability: lessons from financial crisis
  • Disinflation and economic integration in emerging European economies
  • Negative effects of the WTO - the case of automotive industry in Russia
  • Anti-corruption versus political security: reflection on the Vietnamese context
  • China's approach to economic diplomacy and human rights
  • Economic diplomacy and security: linkages, trends and changes

Cimate change as a social problem

We cannot rely on governments, businesses or the public to adopt technological solutions to solve the problem of climate change, instead, social solutions must be put in place, according to research published in the International Journal of Sustainable Society.

According to Stephen Axon of the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, addressing real and present climate change has looked to technological solutions. However, this has to a large extent not led to immediate action to address the severity of the imminent crisis of rising global temperatures and associated problems due to the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations due to human activity. Indeed, there has been an over-reliance on seeking out technological responses and only minimal attention paid to the role of social solutions that might actually get sufficient numbers of people engaged in the problem.

Axon suggests that following the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015 there has been increased awareness of the growing problem of climate change among members of the public. There is now a need for people to demonstrate unity, use social media to garner support and attention and to ensure our young people are also educated and empowered with regards to the problem. Such social changes will help to ensure that those in power are sent a clear signal that climate change must be addressed and also show the so-called “denialists” that the public opinion expects the problem to be addressed and not ignored or rebuffed.

The transition to a sustainable society in which we have faced up to climate change and found ways to ameliorate the problems it is bringing and perhaps even halting the rise in temperatures will be characterised by social and behavioural solutions and these must be tailored to the needs of individuals and communities, shaped and reshaped in response to individual need, Axon suggests. A community-led, grassroots response is the way forward. By demonstrating a united front against climate change within and beyond communities, mirroring rhetoric with action and empowering young people to engender new sustainable habits it might be possible to remove barriers to action and make sustainability acceptable in more meaningful ways to individuals.

Axon, S. (2016) ‘Sustaining public engagement with addressing climate change and the role of social solutions‘, Int. J. Sustainable Society, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp.185-205.
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19 September 2016

Special issue published: "Web Mining and Pervasive Computing in Cloud-Based Environments"

International Journal of Web and Grid Services 12(3) 2016

Includes extended versions of papers presented at the 2015 International TKU-UoA Bilateral Workshop.
  • A GA-based approach for finding appropriate granularity levels of patterns from time series
  • A cloud-based type-2 diabetes mellitus lifestyle self-management system
  • A cloud-based system for dynamically capturing appliance usage relations
  • A seamless repository for pervasive teamwork
  • Cloud computing adoption decision modelling for SMEs: a conjoint analysis
  • Building the search pattern of web users using conceptual semantic space model

Inderscience is media partner for China (Kunming) Southeast Asia & South Asia Fire Safety and Emergency Rescue Technology 2016

Inderscience is a media partner for China (Kunming) Southeast Asia & South Asia Fire Safety and Emergency Rescue Technology Expo (9-11 November 2016, Kunming, China).

The journals involved are:
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Call for papers: "Emotion and Decision Making in a Connected Society"

For a special issue of the International Journal of the Digital Human.

‘Emotion’ comes from the Latin words e=ex=out and movere=move. ‘Motivation’ also comes from movere. Thus, motivation-action-emotion constitutes a cycle and this cycle is repeated. Decision making is carried out to determine the way to effectively allocate our available resources to make an adequate action. Thus, emotion and decision making are deeply associated. An increasing move towards the connected society calls for faster and adaptive decision making to cope with the frequently changing situations. The importance of decision making with due consideration to emotion is rapidly increasing. Up until now, industries have focused mainly on external motivation or on how they can provide good products. However, customer expectations are quickly moving towards how their intrinsic motivations will be satisfied, or in other words, they are looking more for emotional satisfaction. How these needs can be satisfied in a digitalising society is an imminent issue.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Emotion and decision making in design
  • Emotion and decision making in human behavior
  • Brain science and neuroscience approach
  • Brain and body co-ordination
  • Experience digitalisation and creation
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Multi-sensory motivation and experience
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 1 May, 2017
First round review decision: 1 July, 2017
Second round review decision: 1 September, 2017
Final versions due: 1 October, 2017

18 September 2016

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:
  • Target valuation complexity and takeover premiums
  • CEO risk incentives and the riskiness of securitisation transactions in the financial industry
  • Bank loan analysis of family firms: evidence from S&P 500 firms
  • Volatility analysis of REITs: empirical evidence for the EU peripheral countries
  • Foreign ownership and dividend policy - the case of Vietnam

Special issue published: "Contributions of Trade, Foreign Direct Investment and Local Business Sector to Economic Development"

International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies 9(3) 2016

Extended versions of papers presented at the SIBR-Thammasat 2014 Conference on Interdisciplinary Business and Economic Research.
  • Impact assessment of international policy coordination with the WTO technical barriers to trade agreement and foreign financial assistance upon the intent to comply with the agreement: findings of a cross-sectional study of mango exporters in Pakistan
  • Inequality in Laos and the role of FDI
  • Educational status, the social demonstration effect and inclination to save: a cross-sectional model of Pakistan
  • Trade and sustainability: how strong are the empirical linkages between trade structures and sustainability performance?
  • A study of home-based enterprises and street vendors of Assam, India

Inderscience Editor re-appointed to chair Undergraduate Awards

Dr. James S. Etim, Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Gender Studies in Developing Societies, has been re-appointed as the Education Panel Chair 2016-2017 for the Undergraduate Awards, the world's largest academic awards program.