30 January 2009

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Strategic Engineering Asset Management

International Journal of Strategic Engineering Asset Management - to begin publication in 2010 - will publish research and case studies in the discipline of engineering asset management: the development, application and integration of engineering, economic, organisational and managerial solutions to make physical assets, safe, productive, efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly.

28 January 2009

First issue: International Journal of Economics and Business Research

International Journal of Economics and Business Research, sponsored by the Business and Economics Society International, presents theoretical, empirical, policy-oriented and experimental research findings in economics and business that are clearly applicable to private profit-making entities and/or to public policy institutions: governmental, cooperative and private non-profit organisations.

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

First issue: International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation

International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation discusses the new bio-inspired computation methodologies derived from the animal and plant world, such as algorithms mimicking the wolf schooling, the plant survival process, etc.

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

Call for papers: Methodologies, Technologies and Tools Enabling e-Government

Call for papers: Methodologies, Technologies and Tools Enabling e-Government

A special issue of International Journal of Electronic Governance

In the context of innovation in public administrations that is taking place in many countries, information and communication technologies play a significant role. This special issue focuses on ICT-based methodologies, technologies and tools enabling e-Government.

Methodologies play an increasingly important role in the management and definition of e-Government initiatives. Technologies improve their efficiency and effectiveness while tools allow new specific services and functionalities. All of these, of course, influence political, legal, cultural and organisational issues. Original unpublished research papers from researchers, teachers and practitioners active in the area of electronic government are sought covering various disciplines pertinent to the objectives of this special issue.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
* Methodologies
  • One-stop government
  • Digital services
  • Theory and formal methods
  • Verification and validation
  • e-Gov processes and workflows
  • Re-engineering in public administration
  • Services integration
  • Risk modelling
* Technologies
  • Mobile public services
  • Multimedia
  • Web services and semantic web technologies
  • Infrastructure
  • Interoperability and standards
  • Emerging technologies
* Tools
  • Enterprise architectures
  • Portals
  • e-Voting
  • e-Procurement
  • Knowledge management
  • Public information
  • Decision process support
  • e-Gov ontologies and metadata
  • Assessment and QoS
  • Workflow management systems
  • Electronic identity
* Case studies

Important Dates
Initial submissions due: May 31, 2009
Notification of review results: September 30, 2009
Camera-ready submissions due: November 30, 2009

Call for papers: Smart Homes: Technologies and Applications

Call for papers: Smart Homes: Technologies and Applications

A special issue of International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology

Smart homes are environments that integrate various information and communication technologies in order to enhance the comfort of their occupants and the delivery of a multitude of services in a non-intrusive manner. The wide spectrum of applications and services of smart homes includes monitoring and control, systems automation, ambient optimisation, telemedicine and healthcare. The concept of smart homes is getting closer to being achieved due to advances in intelligent wireless sensors, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, mobile communications, embedded systems and other supporting technologies. However, major technological and social challenges remain to be over come in order to integrate those technologies and software applications in ways that make them blend to the home environment and hence become easily accessible by the user.

The aim of this special issue is to present a collection of high quality papers that report on the research advances being made in all aspects of smart home technologies and applications.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • System architectures
  • Intelligent sensors
  • Environment monitoring and control
  • Human computer interface
  • Pervasive computing issues
  • Ubiquitous computing issues
  • Mobile applications
  • Middleware design issues
  • Embedded computing systems
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Home networks and services
  • Social, privacy and security issues
  • Healthcare services
  • Home systems automation
  • Reliability and risk assessment issues
  • RFID, Bluetooth and other wireless technologies
  • Innovative smart home applications and services
Important Dates
Manuscript Due: 20 March 2009
Acceptance Notification: 20 May 2009
Camera-ready Due: 20 June 2009

Special issue: Entrepreneurship and the region

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 7(2) 2009

Papers from 5th Interdisciplinary European Conference on Entrepreneurship Research (IECER 2007) held in Montpelier, France, 28 February - 2 March 2007.
  • IECER Conference – five years of entrepreneurship research: topics and trends
  • Geographical environments for entrepreneurship
  • Mapping entrepreneurial activity and entrepreneurial attitudes in European regions
  • Innovative milieu, micro firms and local development in Barcelona
  • Social capital: an asset or a liability to entrepreneurial activity?

Special issue: Intelligent clusters, communities and cities: enhancing innovation with virtual environments and embedded systems

International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development 1(4) 2009
  • Intelligent cities: towards interactive and global innovation environments
  • Living Lab: an open and citizen-centric approach for innovation
  • Creative urban regeneration: the case of innovation hubs
  • Collaborative innovation networks, virtual communities and geographical clustering
  • Enabling the smart city: the progress of city e-governance in Europe
  • Local e-governance applications in support of entrepreneurship policy: the case of Thessaloniki metropolitan area
  • Are digital cities intelligent? The Portuguese case
  • Urban u-community: a new dimension of urban development

Special issue: Innovative Production Machines and Systems (I*PROMS)

International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology 1(2) 2009

Papers from the I*PROMS Virtual Conference on Innovative Production Machines and Systems
  • Hierarchical and modular fuzzy architecture for multiple mobile robots
  • Review and analysis of fuel cell system modelling and control
  • Calibrating force vs. position control applied to a milling operation using two hybrid automata
  • Hydraulic axis actuation control for precision motion
  • An efficient trajectory planning approach for autonomous robots in complex bridge environments
  • Ultrasonic distance scanning techniques for mobile robots
  • Automatic quality control of seam puckers based on shadow detection
  • Energy harvesting for wireless sensor nodes: investigation of architectures and sources of energy
  • Optimisation of a fuzzy logic controller using the Bees Algorithm

Special issue: Organisational cybernetics in focus

International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies 2(1/2) 2008

Diagnosis and Design
  • Observing organisations: the use of identity and structural archetypes
  • Pathological systems
  • Organising for sustainability
  • Supporting organisational cybernetics by communication and information technologies (VSMod®)
  • Assessing the Viable System Model: an empirical test of the viability-hypothesis
Observation, Learning, Evolution
  • A practical tool to recognise individual and organisational learning obstacles
  • Towards teaching on managing complexity using complexity management tools
  • Language homeostasis in race relations
  • The end of control
Reflections by Practitioners
  • Why is managing change difficult? Organisational renewal and the cybernetics of effective enterprise
  • Stafford Beer's VSM: a model for holistic management of business operations
  • The usefulness of VSM-based representations in organisational work

Special issue: Selected papers from FSKD 2007

International Journal of Business Intelligence and Data Mining 3(4) 2008

Papers from the Fourth International Conference on Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery (FSKD’07) held on 24–27 August 2007 in Haikou, Hainan, China.
  • Multifractal-based cluster hierarchy optimisation algorithm
  • KNFCOM-T: a k-nearest features-based co-location pattern mining algorithm for large spatial data sets by using T-trees
  • Genome-wide efficient attribute selection for purely epistatic models via Shannon entropy
  • AKnowledge reduction and matrix computation in inconsistent ordered information systems
  • A semantic analysis of Chinese radicals
  • Hybrid wavelet model construction using orthogonal forward selection with boosting search

Special issue: Scientific academies and scientific societies

International Journal of Technology Management 46(1/2) 2009
  • Scientific academies and scientific societies have come of age
  • How national science academies in developed countries can assist development in sub-Saharan Africa
  • The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters: current revival of a time-honoured institution
  • Role of scientific academies and scientific societies in promoting science and technology: experiences from Singapore
  • Still digging, still planting: the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences – knowledge yesterday, knowledge today and knowledge for tomorrow
  • When less is more but still not enough: managing academies of science in a globalised world
  • The Pacific Science Association: more than eight decades of science in and of the Pacific
  • The role of an academy of sciences and humanities
  • Adapting to the future: the role of science academies in capacity building
  • From a learned society to a 21st-century science broker: the Swiss Academy of Sciences as a partner in the dialogue with society
  • Scientific academies and scientific societies as agents for promoting science culture in developing countries
  • Communicating the public understanding of science: the Royal Society website
  • G.W. Leibniz and scientific societies
  • On the decline of scientific societies

Special issue: Recent advances in dynamic modelling, control and applications of neural networks

International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications 6(1/2) 2009
  • Stabilisation of Cellular Neural Networks with time-varying delays and reaction-diffusion terms
  • Global stability of a class of Cohen-Grossberg neural networks with delays
  • A novel Artificial Neural Network training method combined with Quantum Computational Multi-Agent System theory
  • Field Programmable Gate Array based floating point hardware design of recursive k-means clustering algorithm for Radial Basis Function Neural Network
  • On-line security monitoring and analysis using Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm-based Neural Network
  • SApplication of Neural Network approach for Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell systems
  • Sensorless anti-swing control of automatic gantry crane using Dynamic Recurrent Neural Network-based soft sensor
  • Robust adaptive tracking controller design for non-affine non-linear systems with state time-varying delay and unknown dead-zone
Additional Papers
  • SmartCon: a context-aware service discovery and selection mechanism using Artificial Neural Networks
  • A framework for evaluating Knowledge Management Systems based on Balanced Scorecard
  • A simple modelling of complex environments for mobile robots
  • Research on vehicle chassis system using Layered Coordinated Control strategy

Special issue: Selected papers from XVI ISPIM Conference – Porto: the Role of Knowledge in Innovation Management

International Journal of Technology Management 45(3/4) 2009

Papers from the XVI International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) Annual Conference: ‘The Role of Knowledge in Innovation Management’, held in Porto, Portugal, 19-22 June 2005.
  • Learning in networks: an exploration from innovation perspective
  • Core rigidities in the innovation process: a structured benchmark on knowledge management challenges
  • Stepwise innovation adoption: a neglected concept in innovation research
  • The availability, strength and efficiency of appropriability mechanisms – protecting investments in knowledge creation
  • An innovative management system to create new values
  • Inter-organisational routines and transformation of customer relationships in collaborative innovation
  • Assessing the management of innovation with software tools: an application of innovationEnterprizer
  • A GSS process to generate new product ideas and business concepts
  • Steps towards a consumer-driven innovation machine for 'ordinary' product categories in their later lifecycle stages
  • Knowledge-networking capability in German SMEs: a model for empirical investigation
  • Developing knowledge management – what makes the success?

24 January 2009

Open access option

Inderscience has introduced a new open access option for authors. For a fee to cover the cost of publication authors can have their accepted articles available online and openly accessible to all without any restriction except use for commercial purposes. This means that readers may access, read, download or print out the article free of charge, even if their library does not hold the journal on subscription.

Inderscience continues to publish its journals on subscription. This option caters for authors that want to ensure that their work is available to anyone free of charge. Inderscience will treat all papers submitted for publication in exactly the same way, with rigorous peer review, professional editing and production, and worldwide publication, including inclusion in the CrossRef citation linking system and in appropriate indexes. If the author takes up the Author Open Access Option, the article will be designated as open access in the journal.

Call for papers: Abrasive Machining in Biomedical Manufacturing

Call for papers: Abrasive Machining in Biomedical Manufacturing

A special issue of International Journal of Abrasive Technology

In the past two decades, healthcare expenditure has grown rapidly. Solving the challenge of the increasing costs of healthcare requires a multidisciplinary approach. Manufacturing is a critical part of the solution. Abrasive machining has been applied not only to the manufacturing of biomedical devices but also to the direct patient treatment and care. However, research efforts performed in this area are sparse. Therefore, the goal of this special issue is to publish research result in abrasive machining in healthcare and to provide a forum for biomedical manufacturing using abrasive technologies.

The subject coverage of this special issue includes, but is not limited to, topics that address:
  • Abrasive tissue removal, such as rotational atherectomy, skin treatment, and cutting of enamel.
  • Machining of medical parts, such as surface conditioning of medical instrument blades, machining of medical ceramic parts, polishing of surface of artificial joints
  • Dental hard tissue machining
  • The emerging applications of abrasive machining in biomedical applications and new abrasive techniques used for patient treatment.
Important Dates
Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 30 June 2009
Communication of peer review to authors: 30 September 2000
Deadline for revised manuscripts: 30 November 2009

Call for papers: Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic for Modelling and Control of Mechatronic Systems

Call for papers: Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic for Modelling and Control of Mechatronic Systems

A special issue of International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control

The ability of neural networks and fuzzy logic to represent nonlinear systems is most exploited in the synthesis of nonlinear controllers. One of the main advantages of these techniques is that they do not require the exact determination of a system. This enables these techniques to be used for the design of robust controllers. Further, their abilities to adapt make them suitable to be used for adaptive controllers. This special issue focuses on the promise of artificial neural networks and fuzzy logic in the realm of modelling, identification and control of mechatronic systems.

Original papers reporting new theoretical and experimental development are welcome, including but not limited to the following areas:
  • Automotive control
  • Magnetic bearing systems
  • Vibration monitoring and control
  • Robotics
  • Control of various manufacturing processes
  • Power plant control
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning control
  • Flow control
  • Controls in process plant
Important Date
Deadline for paper submission: 1st August, 2009

Call for papers: Research on Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Data

Call for papers: Research on Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Data

A special issue of International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing

This special issue focuses upon novel ways to utilise the rich dataset which the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project offers entrepreneurship researchers. GEM started in 1999 examining conditions for entrepreneurship in 10 countries. Over 60 countries have participated in this yearly examination since then and the 2008 investigation include 43 countries. GEM measures conditions for entrepreneurship, its manifestations and some conditions for entrepreneurship among a representative cohort of the population. This allows investigations of entrepreneurship in numerous ways. The GEM website (www.gemconsortium.org) list some articles already published using GEM data, and it provides GEM raw data from 1999 to 2004 that everyone could use. The interested researcher can access younger data by linking to GEM researchers (contact information to be found at GEM’s homepage).

By inviting research exploring and approaching GEM data in novel ways, we expect the GEM project to evolve and gain increased momentum by the agendas developed in this special issue.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Comparing conditions for entrepreneurship among countries
  • Investigating changing conditions for entrepreneurship over time
  • Regional differences
  • Institutional structures, human and social capital facilitating or blocking entrepreneurship
  • Longitudinal studies following the same respondents over time
  • Investigations linking GEM data to other data sources
  • Links between the individual level (the entrepreneur) and society (i.e. growth in GDP)
  • Arrangement for funding the entrepreneurial venture, business angles
  • Nascent entrepreneurship and business ownership
  • Corporate entrepreneurship and independent start-up
  • Gender or ethnicity issues
  • Start-up strategies (i.e. level of export, innovation, size or industry)
  • Data quality issues
Important Dates
First paper submission deadline: 15 September, 2009
Notification of acceptance for second review process: 15 November, 2009
Submission of reworked papers: 15 February, 2010
Notification of final acceptance: 15 April, 2010

20 January 2009

Call for papers: Airport Sustainable Planning and Management

Call for papers: Airport Sustainable Planning and Management

A special issue of International Journal of Aviation Management

Reports from International Aviation Organizations (ICAO, IATA, ACI, etc.) and civil aviation authorities (FAA, EU Commission, etc.) highlight the rise of air transport and the beginning of a new era of airport development. Airports bring significant social benefit and in many cases are believed to be the single largest generator of economic activity in the regions they serve. The airport industry high turnovers and its interrelation with other industries (i.e. tourism) stimulate the public interest and significant research has been produced covering various topics on airport planning and management.

The globalisation of the economy along with the technological innovations and e-commerce lead to radical changes in aviation industry. The success of the Low Cost (or Budget) Carrier model significantly affects airport business development and air traffic patterns. Furthermore, the emerging markets in Asia and South America provide new opportunities for more growth. The continuing growth of air transport has as a result led to most of the big city airports having to deal with traffic problems and the existing slot allocation system leads to significant growth of secondary airports. In the new era of airport development, capacity crunch poses a threat to the efficiency and competitiveness of all actors involved in the air transport supply chain.

The competitive environment of the aviation market along with the commercialisation of the airport industry leads to significant changes in airport business development and management structure. New concepts in airport industry development suggest changes in organisation structure and business formulation, moving dynamically in a more business-oriented market. Market trends make economic performance and efficiency essential criteria for good design and planning and radically change concepts in airport planning, operation and management.

While the benefits of airport development are significant, the disturbance in the environment is significant as well. The growing sensitivity on environmental protection leads to conceptual changes under the umbrella of sustainability which affect all aviation industry branches. Public and political pressures arising from the implications of air transport for climate change and the impact of airport operations on the local environment have the potential to restrict or constrain aviation growth. This in turn could have significant economic implications for activities that are highly dependent upon air transport, (i.e. tourism). Therefore, airport sustainable development is directly related to the management of the existing capacity and the planning process to achieve goals meet the stakeholder expectations.

Topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Demand and financial forecasting
  • Capacity control and management
  • Aerospace modelling and slot allocation
  • Safety and security
  • IT techniques and real data information
  • Accessibility and ground access
  • Yield management and pricing methods
  • Supply chain analysis
  • Operation performance
  • Sustainable planning and management
  • Environmental planning and emission control
  • Energy sources and consumption
  • Cargo market and facilities
  • Case studies and best practices
Important Dates
Manuscript submission: June 30, 2009
Reviewers' reports: September 14, 2009
Revised paper submission: November 16, 2009
Final manuscript submission to publisher: December 14, 2009

Call for papers: Strategic Management in Higher Education

Call for papers: Strategic Management in Higher Education

A special issue of International Journal of Management in Education

Academics in the fields of management and education often bemoan the lack of a tight connection between theory and practice in higher education. Despite the abundant knowledge and expertise possessed by seasoned college administrators, today’s higher education has been widely criticized for being either inefficient or ineffective, or both. If we agree that “nothing is more practical than a good theory,” the need for new research work that provides clearer theory-based guidance on the practice of managing college education clearly exists.

Both theorists and practitioners are invited to submit empirical or theoretical works for this special issue. Preference will be given to empirical studies that test some hypotheses related to increasing the competitiveness or efficiency of a certain type of higher education institution. However, well-developed theoretical papers with pragmatic implications for strategic decisions made by college administrators are welcome, too. Empirical support of the theoretical hypotheses, if appropriate, may be drawn from either primary or secondary sources of data. Case studies that demonstrate the relevance of the strategic management concepts in managing higher education are also welcome. The context of research is not restricted to North America; when it comes to the best practices in higher education, we believe in global benchmarking. Interdisciplinary collaboration among scholars of differing academic backgrounds in co-authoring a paper is encouraged.

Specific topics may be chosen from, but are not restricted to, the following list:
  • How to secure unique competitive advantages for a university/college
  • Enrollment management and student recruitment strategies
  • Enhancement of student services
  • University budget planning and budget management
  • Effective strategies that boost faculty research productivity
  • Innovative technologies or pedagogies that help improve faculty teaching performance
  • Resource acquisition strategies
  • Strategic alliances and partnerships in higher education
  • Cultivation of the relationships with external constituencies of a university or college
Important Date
Deadline for submission: August 15, 2009

Call for papers: Unbalanced Production Line Systems: Merits and Applications

Call for papers: Unbalanced Production Line Systems: Merits and Applications

A special issue of International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management

Considerable research has been undertaken to aid industries in effective production line design. The costs of setting up and running a production line system are very high, so even slight improvements in performance can provide great advantages in the overall expenses.

Since most production lines suffer in practice from a certain degree of imbalance, it would make sense for production managers to examine the benefits of deliberately unbalancing their lines in the right direction.

This special issue has the main objective of promoting and disseminating research that focuses on unbalanced production line systems. It will present to academic researchers and practitioners the most recent findings and applications concerning the merits of this domain of investigation.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Paced / unpaced production systems
  • Assembly/disassembly/cellular manufacturing systems
  • Parallel/non-parallel systems
  • Splitting/merging systems
  • Single/multi operator systems
  • Reliable/unreliable (with failure) systems
  • Pull (JIT)/push systems
  • TOC/DBR/CONWIP systems
  • Bucket brigade/hybrid systems
  • Labour turnover/learning systems
  • Unequal operation time means/variability/buffer capacity allocation systems
  • Simulation and mathematical modelling methods
Important Dates
Paper submission by prospective authors: April 15, 2009
Communication of results of peer review to authors: June 30, 2009
Revised manuscript submission: July 30, 2009
Final manuscript submission: September 15, 2009

Special issue: International corporate governance

European Journal of International Management 3(1) 2009
  • Corporate governance and safeguard of minority shareholders in Italy: theoretical analysis and empirical research
  • Is accounting at odds with corporate governance?
  • Is payout policy part of the corporate governance system? The case of France
  • Auditor independence and corporate governance: ethical dilemmas
  • Misalignment as legacy of an industrial leader
  • Competitive advantage from exposure to multiple national environments: the induced internationalisation of 'born-multidomestic' firms
  • Contextual influences on multinational teams: empirical evidence from an Austrian company

18 January 2009

Call for papers: Corporate Governance and the Financial Crisis

Call for papers: Corporate Governance and the Financial Crisis

A special issue of International Journal of Corporate Governance

The current financial crisis comes in the wake of decades of focus on corporate governance and a previous crisis (the “Enron- and Parmalat-era” scandals) that put an intense focus on corporate governance. This special issue explores the relationships between the ongoing financial crisis and the corporate governance of financial and industrial companies.

The topic is intentionally broad and designed to encourage submissions of high quality papers related to the financial crisis and corporate governance from many different perspectives. Of interest will be:
  • the extent to which corporate governance failures caused, contributed to, or exacerbated the financial crisis;
  • the extent to which corporate governance of financial institutions poses special challenges;
  • the extent to which corporate governance of financial institutions has particular weaknesses that need attention;
  • general lessons in corporate governance to be learned from the financial crisis; comparative or international perspectives on corporate governance and the financial crisis;
  • the dangers of regulatory over-reaction to the crisis;
  • the relationship between corporate governance and market bubbles;
  • corporate governance and the long-term / short-term perspectives of managers;
  • ethics and corporate governance during crisis.
The special issue provides a global forum for presenting analytical, theoretical, empirical, historic, sociological and other research and case generally related to the topic. Its purpose is to generate a diverse set of research from a variety of perspectives on the links between corporate governance and economic crisis.

The subject coverage of this special issue includes, but is not limited to:
  • Comparative corporate governance
  • Economic analysis of corporate governance
  • Costs and benefits of changing the way corporate governance is done
  • Analysis of the role of corporate governance in averting financial crises
  • The relationship between corporate governance and corporate performance
  • Jurisdictional competition for corporate charters in the EU and/or in the US
  • Market based corporate governance (whistle-blowing, the market for corporate control, managerial competition, capital markets competition)
  • The relationship between corporate governance and the current crisis
  • Whether the current crisis teaches us anything about corporate governance
  • The goals of corporate governance
  • The relationship between regulation and corporate governance
  • Case studies of corporate governance in particular firms
  • Corporate governance and financial institutions
  • Corporate governance and crisis from a "law and economics" perspective
  • Corporate governance and crisis from a "law and society" or sociological perspective
  • Corporate governance and crisis from an anthropological perspective
  • The role of public-private partnerships in corporate governance during crisis
  • Corporate governance and the optimal size of firms: are firms becoming both too big to fail and too big to succeed?
  • Executive compensation, corporate governance and financial crisis
  • Boards of directors, corporate governance and financial crisis
  • Management, corporate governance and financial crisis
  • The role of courts, legislatures and/or administrative agencies in corporate governance during crisis.
  • Sustainable prosperity, corporate governance and financial crisis
Important Dates
Full paper deadline: 31 August, 2009
Notification of status & acceptance of paper: 15 October, 2009
Final version of paper: 30 November, 2009

Call for papers: Energy Security in the 21st Century

Call for papers: Energy Security in the 21st Century

A special issue of International Journal of Global Energy Issues

As we approach the end of the 21st century’s first decade, energy security is high on the policy agenda of the developed and developing world, and supranational organisations such as the European Commission, World Economic Forum, OECD, NATO, APEC and the G8. The European Union, the UK and Japan, to name a few, have spent considerable resources developing energy security strategies. Events such as a rapid escalation in oil prices, disruption of gas supplies to Europe during freezing winter temperatures, electricity blackouts following hurricanes or other severe natural disasters, tend to focus public and media attention on energy supply issues and measures taken by governments to overcome short-term supply disruptions. This also was the focus of energy security strategies following the 1970s oil disruptions.

But today's energy supply systems are far more complex than a few decades ago. For example, cross-border pipelines and strategic transport channels feature strongly, China and India have become major energy importers, there is an increasing reliance on an ever-smaller group of oil and gas suppliers, financial markets and energy markets are closely linked, and technology has created interdependencies between electricity and oil refining as well as natural gas processing. Energy markets are exemplars of liberalisation, fossil fuels dominate our growing energy dependence, most countries will never be energy self-sufficient and energy consumption contributes around 80% to global greenhouse gas emissions.

All these dimensions foreshadow a myriad of energy security issues for each energy source and right along the supply chain. For example:
  • What does energy security mean?
  • Energy security for whom and when?
  • What are the challenges for energy security in today's world compared to the 1970s?
  • What role should governments and/or supranational organisations play?
  • Can domestic energy policies pose risks to regional energy security?
  • Can energy security and climate change policies support each other?
  • Can energy efficiency contribute to energy security?
  • Economic efficiency, competition and energy security - are all three objectives compatible?
  • What are the implications for energy security of our dependence on fossil fuels?
  • Can supply disruption in one market spillover into another energy market stimulating a major increase in demand?
The aim of this special issue is to generate discussion about the many dimensions of 21st century energy security, the impact on all aspects of the supply chain – from source to final consumer – and the policy approaches required to mitigate energy security risks.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following aspects:
  • The concept of energy security and its evolution
  • The assessment and/or measurement of energy security
  • The energy security issues for different energy sources
  • Energy markets (global, local and interrelated) and energy security
  • Globalisation and energy security
  • Market power and energy security
  • Financial markets and energy security
  • Macroeconomic policies and energy security
  • Institutions, governance and energy security
  • Technology and energy security
  • Developing countries and energy security
  • Demand growth and energy security
  • Energy efficiency and energy security
  • Affordability and energy security
  • Energy poverty and energy security
  • Policies stimulating investment in capacity and networks and energy security
  • 'Decarbonisation' of electricity generation and energy security
  • Geopolitics and energy security
  • Climate change policies and energy security
  • Sustainability and energy security
  • Strategies and policy approaches to mitigate risks to energy security
  • Regional and country capacities to manage energy security risks
  • Regional vulnerabilities to energy security risks
  • Nuclear power and energy security
  • Physical threats and energy security
  • The costs of energy insecurity
Important Dates
Submission deadline: 15 May 2009
First-round reviews complete: 30 August 2009
Deadline for final revision: 30 October 2009

Special issue: Advanced traction/braking vehicle control

International Journal of Vehicle Design 48(3/4) 2008
  • Robust observer-based fault-tolerant control for vehicle lateral dynamics
  • Second order sliding-mode observer for estimation of vehicle dynamic parameters
  • Fast estimation and compensation of the tyre force in real time control for vehicle dynamic stability control system
  • Vehicle parameter estimation and stability enhancement using sliding modes techniques
  • Turbocharged spark ignition engine modelling and control strategy
  • Traction and braking of hybrid electric vehicles using control allocation
  • A fuzzy logic controlled Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) for improved braking performance and directional stability
  • Is it possible to follow a vehicle using just one camera?

Special issue: Design of experiments in nanomanufacturing

International Journal of Nanomanufacturing 2(4) 2008
  • Understanding conductivity in a composite resin with Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNTs) using design of experiments
  • Characterisation of the SilSpin etch-back process for nanolithography with CHF3 and O2 gas chemistry
  • Understanding a ZnO nanorods fabrication process: a supersaturated design approach
  • Statistical design and analysis for a three-step surface initiated polymerisation process
  • RSM-based optimisation for the processing of nanoparticulate SOFC anode material
  • Investigation of cell gap on the polymer substrates using statistical modelling for flexible liquid crystal display applications
  • A case study comparison of alternative meta-modelling methods related to nanoenabled surgical instrument design

15 January 2009

Call for papers: Context-awareness for Self-Managing Systems

Call for papers: Context-awareness for Self-Managing Systems

A special issue of International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems

Computing systems are becoming inexpensive but complex in their computing power and communication capability. At the same time, the users and owners of these systems are usually mobile and demand greater flexibility and efficiency in terms of ease of interaction, response time, resource utilisation, robustness, etc., to achieve critical business goals. Moreover, users prefer less management overheads and expect their devices and systems to organise themselves and act autonomously.

In this special issue, high quality papers that investigate and demonstrate the place of context-awareness in developing, deploying and maintaining self-managing systems (devices, applications, middleware, networks, etc.) are solicited. Whereas so far self-managing (or autonomous) systems and context-aware computing have been investigated independently in the past, what we are interested in here are features that are common to both.

The special issue particularly solicits papers which demonstrate the modelling of a context along with other system components and workflows when self-managing applications, devices and networks are developed.

Relevant topics include - but are not limited to - the following:
  • Contextual aspects of self-managing systems
  • Modeling contextual aspects of self-managing systems
  • Semantic description and reasoning about the need and actions of autonomous systems
  • Context recognition in self-managing systems
  • Context-based actuation
  • Context-based adaptation
  • Context-based self-organisation of devices, services, applications, networks
  • Context-based device cooperation
  • Context-based workflow execution
  • Adaptive and context-based multimodal interaction
  • Self-managing applications, devices, middleware, networks
  • Context-aware applications, devices, middleware, networks
Important Dates
Manuscript due: July 10, 2009
1st round notification: September 11, 2009
Revised paper due: October 9, 2009
Notification of acceptance: December 11, 2009
Submission of final revised paper: December 31, 2009

Call for papers: Systems Engineering Education

Call for papers: Systems Engineering Education

A special issue of International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support System

Traditionally, engineers enter the Systems Engineering discipline later in their career after a substantial number of years of industrial experience in their initial discipline. Their skill sets and knowledge are often described as “T-shaped” - having in-depth knowledge of one or more disciplines and a breadth of knowledge covering all of the disciplines needed to succeed in technical projects. Given the duration of large-scale projects, and the need to experience several projects to draw sufficient knowledge to become a successful systems engineer, required competency development and formation through the traditional experiential route is a long process.

Increasingly, the design of engineering products extends beyond the scope of a single specialist engineering discipline. It is now common for even modest engineering developments to be undertaken by a multi-disciplinary project team overseen by a systems engineer. This has led to an increasing demand for systems engineers that is now outstripping the capacity of the traditional formation and competency development pathways.

In response, systems engineering postgraduate education programmes have expanded to accelerate the formation and development of these highly sought after engineers. The challenge for academic institutions is to provide an educational experience that achieves the same standard of formation and competency development as the traditional experiential approach but in far less time. This special issue welcomes original contributions on issues related to Systems Engineering education.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Systems Engineer education research
  • Systems Engineer teaching tools and pedagogies
  • Systems Engineer design studios
  • Desirable competencies for future generation systems engineers
  • Innovative curriculum design (core, elective and project based)
  • Laboratory-based teaching techniques
  • On-line systems engineering education
Important Dates
Paper Submission: 16 March 2009
Acceptance Notification: 24 May 2009
Final Paper: 26 June 2009

Call for papers: Nanomaterials: Recent Advances, Trends and Challenges

Call for papers: Nanomaterials: Recent Advances, Trends and Challenges

A special issue of International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation

Recently, nanoscience and nanotechnology, as emerging multidisciplinary research fields (chemistry, physics, biology, materials science, engineering, medicine, etc.) have attracted special and considerable attention. The synthesis of materials at the nanoscale has shown an exceptional improvement of the material’s properties (thermal, optical, electrical, magnetic, mechanical, etc) as well as the discovery of new materials with novel properties, due to the fact that at the nanometer scale the materials posses high surface area, spatial confinement, less imperfections, etc. This leads to the exploration and development of new technological applications in various domains.

This special issue invites the submission of high quality research articles related to nanoscience and nanotechnology, including the synthesis and characterisations of nanomaterials (e.g. carbon nanostructures); and recent developments in some major applications such as renewable energy (e.g. hydrogen storage), biological and medical (e.g. cancer diagnosis and therapy), sensors, semiconductors, electronics and photonics, functional coating, composites, etc.

Topics covered by this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Synthesis routes of nanomaterials
  • Characterisation methods at the nanoscale
  • Nanomaterials for hydrogen storage
  • Nanoparticles for biomedical applications
  • Nanomedicine
  • Nanobiosensors
  • Nanocoating
  • Carbon nanostructures
  • Nanocomposites
  • Nanostructured materials for nanoelectronics and photonics
  • Nanostructured thin films
  • Nanodevices
  • Nanomaterials for catalysis
  • Multiscale modelling at the nanoscale
Important Dates
Submission: 30 June 2009

Call for papers: Performance Assessment in Environment and Pollution

Call for papers: Performance Assessment in Environment and Pollution

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management

Today’s environment issues of pollution can take various forms. Seeking the best way to manage performance assessment in environment issues of pollution in areas such as air, water, the ground and the food we eat is very important because all contribute to the quality of life and sustainable development of eco-economic systems.

This special issue is intended to find out what is being undertaken on a global level about performance assessment in the environmental issues of pollution. Both theoretical and applied work is welcome.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following aspects:
  • Performance evaluation of environmental issues
  • Assessment of risks from water, soil and air pollution
  • Ecosystem evaluation
  • Eco-efficiency
  • Evaluation of waste disposal strategies
  • Evaluation of pollution prevention tools
  • Ecological impact of pollutants
  • Technological hazard assessment
  • Evaluation of environmental risk and safety
  • Other issues related to performance assessment in environment and pollution
Important Dates
Submission Deadline: 15 April, 2009
First-Round Reviews: 30 June, 2009
Camera-ready version: 30 July, 2009

Call for papers: Tools to Improve Performance in the e-Society

Call for papers: Tools to Improve Performance in the e-Society

A special issue of International Journal of Information Technology and Management

Today's economy has fully benefited from the utilisation of various IT tools such as internet and computers. Most organisations realise that they will improve performance if they build good IT and management systems. In the e-Society, people continuously seek methods and techniques to improve performance to achieve optimised efficiency and effectiveness. This special issue is intended to present state-of-the-art work that demonstrates tools to improve performance in the e-Society. Both theoretical and applied work is welcome.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following aspects:
  • IT performance evaluation
  • IT security
  • Emerging advances in IT and its new applications
  • IT and e-governance
  • IT and network organisations
  • Productivity in e-business, e-society
  • IT and banking
  • IT and supply chain performance
  • IT outsourcing assessment
  • The effect of IT in the e-society
  • Other issues related to performance, IT and e-society
Important Dates
Submission Deadline: 15 March, 2009
First-Round Reviews: 30 May, 2009
Camera-ready version: 30 June, 2009

First issue: International Journal of Data Mining, Modelling and Management

International Journal of Data Mining, Modelling and Management provides a platform for the systematic union of data mining, data modelling, and data management - what might be called data chain management. It publishes papers formulating, discussing and disseminating solutions which relate to the design, development, deployment, management, measurement, and adjustment of data warehousing, data mining, data modelling, data management, and other data analysis techniques.

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

Special issue: Trends in innovation and competition in the financial services industry: can banks gain competitive advantage over non-banks?

International Journal of Financial Services Management 3(3/4) 2008
  • Meta analysis of banking services in India: a customer centric approach
  • Innovation behaviour in financial services: an empirical analysis
  • Retailers' entry into the provision of financial services: the case for and against
  • The structural model of competition in the Thai banking industry
  • Efficiency and productivity growth in Taiwanese banking
  • Customer satisfaction with usage of banks distribution channels: an empirical investigation
  • Consultants as the players, bankers as the house: gaining competitive advantage in merger and acquisition advisory services
Submitted Papers
  • Financial instability and macro-prudential supervision
  • Teaching applications of Monte Carlo simulation to European option pricing

Special issue: Web/grid information and services discovery and management

International Journal of Web and Grid Services 4(4) 2008

Papers from the Web/Grid Information and Services Discovery and Management Workshop (WGISD 2008) and from the main track of the 2nd International Conference on Complex, Intelligent and Software Intensive Systems (CISIS 2008) both held in Barcelona, Spain, 4-7 March 2008.
  • Optimising decentralised grid markets through group selection
  • Towards automatic service generation and scheduling in the OpenCF project
  • An ontology-based approach for modelling grid services in the context of e-learning
  • The performance evaluation of a grid using Windows PCs
  • The Grid4All ontology for the retrieval of traded resources in a market-oriented grid
  • Managing an increased service heterogeneity in a converged enterprise infrastructure with SOA
  • A centralised control mechanism for network resource allocation in grid applications

Special issue: Outsourcing in services

International Journal of Services Technology and Management 11(2) 2009
  • Business outsourcing and organisational performance: the case of the Greek hotel industry
  • How important are transaction costs for service firm integration decisions? A meta-analysis
  • Business models for R&D service firms in Taiwan
  • Multicriteria group decision making for the third party reverse logistics service provider in the supply chain model using fuzzy TOPSIS for transportation services
  • An investigation of the role played by frequency and uncertainty in hotel outsourcing decisions
  • Outsourcing logistics channel coordination with logistics service levels dependent market demand

11 January 2009

Call for papers: Evolutionary Computing for Engineering Design

Call for papers: Evolutionary Computing for Engineering Design

A special issue of International Journal of Design Engineering

Research in evolutionary computing (EC) for engineering design has a long history. Early applications of EC in engineering design can be traced back to the 1960s in areas such as fluid mechanics, pipe design and structural engineering. This field has seen further significant advances in the last two decades. Since then, research in this area has been expanding to a large spectrum of engineering design problems from numerous disciplines. Having been successfully applied to solve several engineering design problems, EC has demonstrated some important advantages compared to conventional design and optimisation techniques. Different methods have been developed in EC to tackle different problem characteristics and domains. Multi-objective optimisation and co-evolution are two examples of this.

This special issue solicits original contributions to research with relevance to the application of evolutionary computing to engineering design. The selected papers will highlight the state-of-the-art, emerging technologies and recent successes, and will define major research challenges.

Topics of relevance include, but are not limited to:
  • Theory and applications of evolutionary design
  • Evolutionary methods for engineering design
  • Evolutionary multi-objective optimisation
  • Co-evolutionary engineering design
  • Multi-disciplinary engineering design optimisation
  • Design for x (DFX) using evolutionary computing
  • Topology optimisation using evolutionary computing
  • Constraint-handling methods in evolutionary design optimisation
  • Scalability of evolutionary computing methods in engineering design
  • Evolutionary robotics
  • Medical applications of engineering design using evolutionary computing
  • Design of micro/nano systems using evolutionary computing
  • Evolutionary hardware
  • Creativity and innovation using evolutionary computing
  • Evolutionary machine design
  • Real-life applications of evolutionary design optimisation
  • Memetic algorithms applied to engineering design
  • Immune system based algorithms applied to engineering design
  • Engineering design applications of evolutionary algorithms based on probabilistic models
  • Computational swarm intelligence applied to engineering design
Important Dates
Submission of papers: 15 May, 2009
First decision notification: 15 July, 2009
Submission of revised papers: 15 September, 2009
Final decision notification: 15 November, 2009

Call for papers: FDI Determinants in Southeast Europe and Prospects Towards EU Membership in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Call for papers: FDI Determinants in Southeast Europe and Prospects Towards EU Membership in the Western Balkans and Turkey

A special issue of International Journal of Trade and Global Markets

This special issue tackles central concerns such as FDI, multinationals and globalisation in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The aim here is to inform and encourage debate internationally between academics and practising professionals in all aspects of investment and business related matters in the region.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • FDI determinants and its impact on a political economy dimension
  • Impact of FDI on host and home countries
  • FDI and globalisation
  • Privatisation as a part of FDI and its impact on a host country
  • FDI and multinationals
  • FDI and European Economic Integration
  • FDI and European Union Enlargement
  • Trends of FDI under the new globalised worlds
  • FDI and migration
  • Trade and FDI as complements or substitutes
  • FDI, trade and Regional Integration (regional initiatives)
  • FDI as a foreign entry mode and its impact on the business environment
  • Prospects of the Westerns Balkans and Turkey towards EU membership
  • Competitiveness in Southeast Europe
Important Date
Deadline for receipt of manuscripts is: 1 December 2009

Special issue: International Conference on Information Systems, Logistics and Supply Chain 2006

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management 5(3/4) 2009

The ILS 06 conference was held in Lyon, France 14-17 May 2006

  • Cyclic scheduling of multiple tours with multiple frequencies for a single vehicle
  • A dynamic framework for managing horizontal cooperation in logistics
  • Integration of inventory and transportation decisions in decentralised supply chains
  • Choosing a transport contract over multiple periods
  • Tactical planning for optimal cash flow and value sharing in supply chain
  • Supply Chain Security Management: an overview
  • The role of APS systems in Supply Chain Management: a theoretical and industrial analysis
  • An approach to diagnose local and collaborative supply chain processes
  • Another way to manage supply chains: holonic and multicriteria approach
  • Implementing an integrated framework for internal logistics management in automated semiconductor manufacturing
  • A Porter-SCOR modelling approach for the hospital supply chain

Special issue: Data and application security – Part 1

International Journal of Information and Computer Security 2(4) 2008
  • Supporting dynamic administration of RBAC in web-based collaborative applications during run-time
  • Privacy-preserving data mining in the malicious model
  • Privacy analysis and enhancements for data sharing in *nix systems
  • Prompt damage identification for system survivability

Special issue: Actor-network theory

International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations 6(1) 2009
  • Acknowledging the innate impact of an information technology for engaging people in knowledge work: the case of weblog technology
  • Organising competences: actor-network theory in virtual settings
  • Ethical ethnography as an appropriate research methodology for ANT
  • Diagnosing an ongoing information technology transfer process: an approach based on ANT
  • Innovation translation as a research approach to theorising information systems implementation
  • Conceptualising e-working: exploring innovative work practices for optimising work and travel efficiency
  • Application of intelligent technologies to safety and medical services in Japan: a patient-centric issue?

First issue: International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Multiscale Mechanics

International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Multiscale Mechanics encourages the sharing of knowledge and discoveries amongst researchers in mechanics working at different length scales. Its scope is broad to encompass mechanics research at the atomistic, micro and macro length scales. It includes experimental, computational and theoretical works in both solid and fluid mechanics.

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

7 January 2009

Call for papers: Energy, Risk and Uncertainty

Call for papers: Energy, Risk and Uncertainty

A special issue of International Journal of Global Energy Issues

Recently, there has been growing concern on various risks in the global energy market. Managing risks in the energy market is essential to maintain sustainable development. This special issue of IJGEI is intended to develop various risk analysis tools and their applications to energy-related issues, to include energy consumption, energy production and various energy markets.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following aspects:
  • Energy risk management, trading, finance
  • Energy security
  • energy efficiency under uncertainty
  • Energy, environment, and risk
  • Managing energy price risk
  • Energy product development risks
  • Specific risks related to various energy products
  • Energy credit risk management
  • Energy technologies risk assessment
  • Data quality issues for modeling and policy evaluation
  • Energy options in climate policy
  • Energy governance risks
  • Renewable and non renewable energy risks
  • Other issues related to energy, risk and uncertainty
Important Dates
Submission Deadline: 15 March, 2009
First-Round Reviews: 30 May, 2009
Camera-ready version: 30 June, 2009

Special issue: Operations and global competitiveness

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management 16(3) 2009

Papers from the 12th International Conference of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA).
  • The role of the operational network in responsive order processing
  • Approaches to mass customisation: an empirical replication
  • Marketing, manufacturing and logistics: an empirical examination of their joint effect on company performance
  • Defining the path to value innovation
  • Packaging as AIDS for implementing Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs): adoption in the Spanish food sector
  • From failure to success: an investigation into managers' criteria for assessing the outcome of IT projects
  • Manufacturing competence: a key to successful supplier integration
  • Production management and Supply Chain Management in a global context

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Systems Control and Information Processing

International Journal of Systems Control and Information Processing - to begin publication in 2010 - will deal with the theory, application and design of control systems, and the implementation of information technology. The terms system and information are interpreted widely and include but are not limited to physical, biological, organisational and other entities.

5 January 2009

Call for papers: Ground Effect Aerodynamics

Call for papers: Ground Effect Aerodynamics

A special issue of International Journal of Aerodynamics

The aim of this special issue is to report recent experimental and modelling results in the area of ground-effect aerodynamics, with particular emphasis on aerodynamically-supported vehicles moving in the ground proximity. The ground effect on aircraft has been noticed a century ago. It is possible to significantly increase lift and reduce drag when flying close to the ground. Some ground-effect vehicles were built and tested in the past. However, no widespread application of this transportation means has happened. The complexity of the aerodynamics and dynamics involved, as well as associated cost and safety issues, remain a major obstacle towards practical implementation. With the accumulation of experimental and theoretical knowledge and increase of computational resources, it is expected that ground-effect craft with higher performance will be developed in the future. Research papers in a broad area of ground-effect aerodynamic phenomena are invited for submission.

This special issue is a forum for exchange of experimental and modelling results on aerodynamic phenomena where the ground effect plays a significant role. Research areas include but are not limited to:
  • Lift and drag in ground effect
  • Wing-in-ground craft
  • Power augmented ram systems
  • Ground-effect aerodynamics of cars, railroad vehicles, and aircraft
  • Watercraft with hybrid hydro-aerodynamic support
  • Aerodynamics of insects and birds
  • Dynamics and stability of air-supported vehicles in ground effect
  • Effect of ground type (solid surface, water, ice, etc.)
  • Applications of the ideal flow theory
  • Viscous modelling using CFD
  • Experimental systems for testing ground-effect vehicles
Important Dates
Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 1 June, 2009
Communication of peer reviews to authors: 1 September, 2009
Deadline for revised manuscripts: 1 November, 2009

Special issue: Micro/nanoelectronics and NEMS and MEMS packaging

International Journal of Materials and Product Technology 34(1/2) 2009
  • Computational implementation of Cosserat continuum
  • Character of the magnetic monopole field
  • Thermo-mechanical behaviour of a micromirror for laser-to-fibre active alignment using bimorphs with breakable tethers
  • Liquid crystal polymer for RF MEMS packaging
  • The integration of nanowires and nanotubes with microstructures
  • Sintered nanosilver paste for high-temperature power semiconductor device attachment
  • An investigation of combined size, rate and thermal effects on the material properties of single crystal diamond
  • Use of stress-engineered material layers for the measurement of interfacial fracture toughness of nanoscale thin films
  • A robust digital image correlation technique for high-resolution characterisation of microelectronic packaging materials
  • Heat transfer with nanofluids for electronic cooling
  • On the thermodynamics of higher-order gradient plasticity for size-effects at the micron and submicron length scales
  • Development of cryogenic power modules for superconducting hybrid power electronic system
  • A study of mechanical and thermal properties of materials in electronic packaging: application of micro DIC

Special issue: The role of enabling technologies in optimising supply chain activities (Part 2)

International Journal of Value Chain Management 3(1) 2009
  • A conceptual framework for designing and building Web-based Revenue-sharing Collaboration Systems (WRCS) in supply chain management
  • The analysis and case studies of successful express logistics companies
  • An object-oriented framework for modelling control policies in a supply chain
  • A fuzzy rule-based system for the evaluation of logistics partners in the supply chain network
  • A real-time business process decisions support planning system for mould industry: a case study
  • The design of an RFID-enhanced autonomous storage planning system for 3PL warehouses

Special issue: Applications of software engineering and artificial intelligence to developing and integrating web applications

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology 33(4) 2008

Papers from workshops at the 12th Conference on Software Engineering and Databases (JISBD 2007) held in Zaragoza, Spain, 11-14 September 2007 and the 12th Conference of the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAEPIA 2007) held in Salamanca, Spain, 12-16 November 2007.
  • A DSL for enterprise application integration
  • From queries to search forms: an implementation
  • Joining automatic query expansion based on thesaurus and word sense disambiguation using WordNet
  • Tuning up FOIL for extracting information from the web
  • A semantic similarity measure in the context of semantic queries
  • Automatic extraction of social networks by topics of interest
  • Web performance engineering based on ontological languages and semantic web
  • Framework for the development of a personalised recommender system with integrated web-mining functionalities
  • Multiagent system for learning objects retrieval with context attributes
  • Surveying navigation modelling approaches
  • Applying OCL to the development of SWS

Special issue: Systems and architectures for embedded processing: applications and hardware

International Journal of Embedded Systems 3(4) 2008

Papers from the 2003 International Conference on Application-specific Systems, Architectures, and Processors (ASAP 2003)
  • Application-specific permutation networks
  • On-chip implementation of multiprocessor networks and switch fabrics
  • Alternative application-specific processor architectures for fast arbitrary bit permutations
  • Hardware implementation of an elliptic curve processor over GF(p) with Montgomery modular multiplier
  • A cryptographic processor for arbitrary elliptic curves over GF(2m)
  • Code compression in DSP processor systems
  • An efficient disk-array-based server design for a multicast video streaming system
  • Hardware synthesis for systems of recurrence equations with multidimensional schedule
  • A hardware mechanism to reduce the energy consumption of the register file of in-order architectures
  • Safe execution of untrusted applications on embedded network processors

3 January 2009

Special issue: Competitiveness and foreign direct investment in new member countries of the EU

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 8(5) 2008
  • Location attractiveness for Foreign Direct Investment of EU New Member–Countries in comparison with old ones
  • Profit vs. distributed profit based taxation and companies' capital structure
  • Foreign Direct Investment in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe: an 'eclectic' approach to Greek investments
  • The impact of privatisation on the restructuring of large companies: evidence from Romania
  • Emergent integration: the creation of an enlarged European Automobile Space under institutional uncertainty

Special issue: Tangible and embedded interaction

International Journal of Arts and Technology 1(3/4) 2008
  • Beyond representations: towards an action-centric perspective on tangible interaction
  • On stage: the reactable and other musical tangibles go real
  • Designing for performative tangible interaction
  • Rapid development of tangible interactive appliances: achieving the fidelity/time balance
  • Contact-sensitive artefacts: implementing tangible interfaces through force-torque sensing
  • Towards a framework for investigating tangible environments for learning

Special issue: Applications of power electronics in wind and solar energy

International Journal of Power Electronics 1(2) 2008
  • Split capacitor VSC-based voltage and frequency controller for a stand-alone wind power generation
  • Optimal control of matrix converter based WECS for performance and stability enhancement at low wind speeds
  • Application of an artificial neural network for predicting the sizing curve of stand-alone photovoltaic system: a case study
  • Dispatching of wind farms using battery energy storage
  • Space vector modulation based single stage inverter with maximum power point tracker for photovoltaic water pumping system
  • PSO-based feedback controller design of DSTATCOM for load compensation with non-stiff sources
  • Small-signal analysis of a single-stage two-switch AC-to-DC converter
  • Wind power smoothing using rotor inertia aimed at reducing grid susceptibility

Special issue: Developments in industrial B2B services

International Journal of Services Technology and Management 11(1) 2009
  • Value-chain-oriented service development by means of a 'two-channel service model'
  • Degree of service-orientation in the pulp and paper industry
  • Managing industrial service offerings: requirements on content and processes
  • Organisational structures for the service business in product-oriented companies
  • Industrial services innovation process: influencing factors – a case study

Special issue: The attraction of sport

International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing 4(4) 2008
  • An exploratory investigation of sport management students' attraction to sport jobs
  • How people raised and living in Ontario became fans of non-local National Hockey League teams
  • An examination of sport fandom in Greece: influences, interests and behaviours
  • Sport fans' responses to the end of the season
  • Mediated relationships between the constituents of service quality and behavioural intentions: a study of women's college basketball fans

Special issue: AccessNets

International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems 2(2/3) 2009

Papers from the Second International Conference on Access Networks (AccessNets 2007) held in Ottawa, Canada, 21-23 August 2007.
  • Analytical and experimental study on Ethernet passive optical networks: challenges and solutions
  • Performance analysis of the cdma2000 reverse packet data channel
  • On dynamic packet fragmentation for traffic integration over bandwidth-limited links
  • On the effectiveness of integrating WiMAX and Wi-Fi
  • On triplexer design for next generation Ethernet passive optical network systems
  • Design and cost performance of WDM PONs for multi-wavelength users
  • Traffic conformance issues in passive optical networks: challenges and solutions
  • Transparent WDM metro-access networks
  • Cognitive MIMO radio: an emerging paradigm for enhancing wireless access capability
  • Radio-over-fiber for increasing effective coverage of motorway access networks

Special issue: Strategic approach for successful business plan

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 8(4) 2008
  • A study on the relationship between business plan components and corporate performance
  • Strategic business planning and success in small firms
  • Risk propensity, risk perception and business plan formalisation: a conceptual investigation
  • Business models for mobile Content Aggregator
  • Financial planning in business venturing
  • Strategic business planning in public safety: a case study of capital wireless integrated network
  • Understanding the dynamics of strategic risks and resources in innovative ventures
  • A framework of make-or-buy planning for an assembler