31 July 2011

Special issue: (Re)creating public sphere, civic culture and civic engagement: public service media vs. online social networks

International Journal of Electronic Governance 4(1/2) 2011
  • On convergent supersurfaces and public spheres online
  • Mediated citizenship: power, practices, and identities
  • Public service media in Flanders: A long way to heaven?
  • The unibrennt movement: a successful case of mobilising lurkers in a public sphere
  • Online social media for radical politics: climate change activism on YouTube
  • An empirical analysis of Online Social Network structure to understand citizen engagement in public policy and community building
  • Divergent views: social media experts and young citizens on politics 2.0
  • Citizenship and local development for the participation and digital governance of public administration: innovative experiences in Southern EU Member States
  • Political parties and web 2.0 tools: A shift in power or a new digital Bandwagon?
  • Moving from opt-out to opt-in? Online information disclosure and privacy policies in an era of personalisation
  • News and Briefs

Special issue: The role of expatriates, inpatriates and cross-functional global teams in transition

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management 11(2-4) 2011
  • Critical factors in human resource practice implementation: implications of cross-cultural contextual issues
  • Improving the probabilities of success of expatriate managers in the global organisation of the 21st century
  • International acquisitions: retention of a target firm's key top personnel for social capital
  • Human resource management and development practices in indigenous Russian companies and foreign MNCs: a comparative analysis
  • Participation and procedural justice: the role of national culture
  • Getting to the real story: what Vietnamese business people wish foreigners understood about doing business in emerging and transition countries like Vietnam – before they start
  • I know how! You know how! We know how! the multinational matter of language use in task teams
  • A maladjustment and power conceptualisation of diversity in organisations: implications for cultural stigmatisation and expatriate effectiveness
  • Insights into the transformation of multinational managers into global managers
  • Matchmaking and the multinational enterprise: how individual motivation and international strategy interact to affect expatriate adjustment

Special issue: SME development in transition economies: twenty years on

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 13(3) 2011
  • The influence of entrepreneurial infrastructure on entrepreneur networking: a comparative case study of Russian and Finnish founding teams
  • Management information systems and the control of international joint ventures: evidence from the Czech Republic
  • SME policy and competitiveness in Hungary
  • Understanding entrepreneurship development in Latvia: a cross-disciplinary approach
  • Organisational downsizing and new venture creation in transitional economies: a study of managerial effectiveness in transition
  • Competitive intelligence: evidence from Turkish SMEs
  • What influences the propensity of a firm to cooperate? An empirical study of high-tech SMEs in China
  • Leadership and managerial effectiveness: the case of MNCs' Chinese subsidiaries

Special issue: Radical challenges for innovation management

International Journal of Technology Management 55(1/2) 2011

Papers from the 9th International Continuous Innovation Network (CINet) Conference, held in Valencia, Spain, 5-9 September 2008.
  • Effectiveness of different development paths in continuous improvement: empirical results from a (new) methodological approach
  • Can we still talk about continuous improvement? Rethinking enablers and inhibitors for successful implementation
  • Dispersion of continuous improvement and its impact on continuous improvement
  • The complementary effect of internal learning capacity and absorptive capacity on performance: the mediating role of innovation capacity
  • Global value chain reconfiguration through external linkages and the development of newcomers: a global story of clusters and innovation
  • The influence of knowledge management on continuous innovation
  • The role of cross-functional teams on the alignment between technology innovation effectiveness and operational effectiveness
  • Outsourced innovation in SMES: a field study of R&D units in Spain
  • Selection strategies for discontinuous innovation
  • Customer interaction in service innovation: seldom intensive but often decisive. Case studies in three business service sectors

Special issue: Computer applications in intelligent natural language processing

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology 40(4) 2011
  • An intelligent tool for syntactic annotation of Arabic corpora
  • Discovering Arabic structures from texts: what a formal analysis can tell us
  • Multi-document summarisation using genetic algorithm-based sentence extraction
  • Optimising of support plans for new graduate employment market using reinforcement learning
  • A fast search method of similar strings from dictionaries
  • An e-mail filtering method based on multi-attribute values of user's profile
Added papers
  • The application of energy-absorbing structures on side impact protection systems
  • Development of a methodology for retrieval of similarly shaped CAD models

Special issue: Advances in modelling and analysis of semiconductor manufacturing

European Journal of Industrial Engineering 5(3) 2011

Papers from the 2008 International Conference on Modeling and Analysis of Semiconductor Manufacturing (MASM) - part of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) 2008, held in Miami, Florida, USA, 8–10 December 2008.
  • Modelling and analysis of semiconductor manufacturing in a shrinking world: challenges and successes
  • Experiences in implementing simulation-based support for operational decision making in semiconductor manufacturing
  • Simulation analysis of semiconductor manufacturing with small lot size and batch tool replacements
  • Queueing networks with batch service
  • Machine capacity allocation strategies for scheduling a large multi-chip assembly line
  • Optimisation approaches for batch scheduling in semiconductor manufacturing

Special issue: Wireless network algorithm and theory

International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing 8(1/2) 2011

Includes papers from the Second International Workshop on Wireless Network Algorithm and Theory (WiNA 2009), held on 12 October 2009 in Macau, PRC in conjunction with 6th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad Hoc and Sensor Systems (IEEE MASS 2009).
  • Performance analysis for indoor location determination
  • Adaptive technologies for hybrid ad-hoc/cellular network architecture
  • Tree-based Multicast Key Management in ubiquitous computing environment
  • Multiple-metric hybrid anycast protocol for heterogeneous access networks
  • CCTF: congestion control protocol based on trustworthiness of nodes in Wireless Sensor Networks using fuzzy logic
  • On the channel usability of Wireless Mesh Networks: when stability plays with you
  • EBQP: Enhanced Binary Query Protocol for RFID tag collision resolution with progressive population estimation
  • A force-driven evolutionary approach for multi-objective 3D differentiated sensor network deployment
  • Integrated scheduling for mobility-assisted Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Removing dubious feedback from mobile wireless ad hoc peer-to-peer systems
  • Beyond rigidity: obtain localisability with noisy ranging measurement
  • Localised sensing strategies for point coverage in directional Wireless Sensor Networks

Special issue: Nuclear technologies safety: safety strategy and economics

International Journal of Nuclear Energy Science and Technology 6(2) 2011
  • RBMK-1000 spent nuclear fuel transfer from wet to dry storage
  • Solutions for scientific problems related with temperature SNF storage regime
  • Optimisation of processes in a two-stage installation for liquid radioactive waste immobilisation
  • System of combined active and passive control of fissile materials and their nuclide composition in nuclear wastes
Submitted Papers
  • Control and instrumentation in start-up neutron detector handling mechanism in fast reactor
  • Some considerations on the photofission excitation function
  • Modernisation of the CDTN IPR-R1 TRIGA reactor instrumentation and control
  • On the new parameterisation of the eddy diffusivity for radioactive pollutant dispersion

Special issue: Dynamics in digital human modelling and simulation

International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation2(1/2) 2011
  • Pregnant driver injury investigations through modelling and simulation of full-frontal crashes with and without airbags
  • Finite element analysis to predict the dynamic characteristics of human trunk-neck-head for whole body vibration
  • Fastening ergonomics study based on state-space modelling of hand-arm system
  • Direct optimisation-based planar human vertical jumping simulation
  • A validation framework for predictive human models
  • A computational model for articulated human body dynamics
  • Enhanced optimisation-based inverse kinematics methodology considering joint discomfort
  • A fast and robust whole-body control algorithm for running
Additional Paper
  • Using feature extraction and electromyography to evaluate affect during simulation

Special issue: Impact of global recession on financial markets

Afro-Asian Journal of Finance and Accounting 2(3) 2011
  • The 2007 global financial crisis and the Malaysian stock market: a sectoral analysis
  • Promoting a greater financial stability after the 1997 and subprime crisis: exploring the opportunity of a regional monetary unit in East Asia
Additional Papers
  • Market interdependence before, during, and after the 2007 US subprime crisis: evidence from index futures markets
  • Financial performance, environmental performance and environmental disclosure: the case of Tunisian firms
  • Impact of stock splits on stock price performance of selected companies in Indian context

27 July 2011

Special issue: Selected papers of the International Workshop on Information Technology for Chinese Medicine (ITCM 2010)

International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics 5(4) 2011

ITCM2010 was held in conjunction with the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Bio-Medical Engineering (IEEE-BIBM’2010) in Hong Kong, China, 18-21 December 2010.
  • A novel approach in discovering significant interactions from TCM patient prescription data
  • Study on intelligent syndrome differentiation in Traditional Chinese Medicine based on multiple information fusion methods
  • MAPLSC: A novel multi-class classifier for medical diagnosis
Additional papers
  • Microarray data classification by multi-information based gene scoring integrated with Gene Ontology
  • Applications of Self-Organising Map (SOM) for prioritisation of endemic zones of filariasis in Andhra Pradesh, India
  • A heuristic for gene selection and visual prediction of sample type
  • Prediction of the disulphide bonding state of cysteines in proteins using Conditional Random Fields

Special issue: New approaches in enterprise development

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development 10(2/3) 2011

Papers from papers the 2010 IASK Global Management International Conference held in Oviedo, Spain, 8-10 November 2010.
  • Innovation and the performance of Portuguese businesses: a 'SURE' approach
  • Conceptual model of environmentally conscious strategic management
  • The privatisation of China's SOE: How is it affecting the production of guanxi?
  • Research proposal on the relationship between corporate social responsibility and strategic human resource management
  • Banking services in Portugal: a preliminary analysis to the perception and expectations of front office employees
  • How to limit the impact of downside risk of innovative projects: a new solution from a real option
  • The complete ethics chain of value: from social and ethical principles to the role of the official auditing and accounting revision entities
  • Culture, training and technological adaptation in the small and medium enterprises: the case of the Canary Islands through the application of the Rasch model

Special issue: The architecture of organisation: implications, resistance and response

International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion 4(1) 2011
  • 'The architecture of organisations': Thoughts on the notions of architecture and culture
  • To be (alike) or not to be (at all): aesthetic isomorphism in organisational spaces
  • Between organisation and architecture: end-user participation in design
  • Aesthetic experiences of designed organisational space
  • Open space = open minds? The ambiguities of pro-creative office design
  • From the architect to the organisational architect: modelling organisational domains in the empty, programming or inhabited space of strategy

Special issue: Global supply chain management and logistics

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management 9(2) 2011

Papers from the 2009 Annual International Symposium and Workshop on Global Supply Chain Management held in Coimbatore, India, 7-9 January 2009.
  • Global logistics strategies and experiences: the case of Korea Express
  • Improving logistics and supply chain management in Spain: An analysis of current practices and future requirements
  • Impact of Supply Chain Management practices on the competitive advantage of Indian retail supermarkets
  • Life cycle evaluation strategies of biodiesel fuel along the supply chain in public transport
  • An effective integration of manufacturing and marketing system for long production cycle: a case study of Toyota Motor Company
  • Cost optimisation of supply chain networks using Ant Colony Optimisation
  • Role of intelligent agents in facilitating information flow in Supply Chain Management
  • Building supply chain capabilities: a case study of Korean Hyundai-Kia Motor Company

Special issue: Managing global challenges in selected Asian markets

Journal for Global Business Advancement 4(2) 2011
  • Perceptions of bribery and business ethics across Afghanistan: a reflection on reality and crises management
  • Corporate management of productivity in private sector firms across Saudi Arabia
  • How corruption affects economic growth in Nigeria
  • A causal relationship between exports, foreign direct investment and income for Malaysia
  • Competency skills in accounting: perceptions of Kazakhstan Institute of Management Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP), Kazakhstan, accounting graduates
  • The influences of religious attributes of halal products on export marketing strategy: preliminary findings

25 July 2011

Special issue: Advances in mining, modelling and managing complex data

International Journal of Data Mining, Modelling and Management 3(2) 2011

Includes papers from the session ‘Advanced Knowledge-Based Systems’ at the
12th International Conference on Knowledge-based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems (KES 2008), held in Zagreb, Croatia, 3-5 September 2008.
  • Parallel hierarchical clustering using weighted confidence affinity
  • A pattern matching approach for clustering gene expression data
  • Efficient evaluation of partially-dimensional range queries in large OLAP datasets
  • Privacy preserving association rules mining on distributed homogenous databases
  • Context dependent semantic granularity

Special issue: Advances in multi-axis machining and machine tool control

International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems 4(3/4) 2011
  • Dynamic synchronous accuracy of translational and rotary axes
  • Ball burnishing application for finishing sculptured surfaces in multi-axis machines
  • Analytical methods for increased productivity in 5-axis ball-end milling
  • Feed drive modelling for the simulation of tool path tracking in multi-axis high speed machining
  • Accuracy evaluation method for multi-tasking turning centre
  • Local minimum-time trajectory planning for five-axis machining with and without tool tip deviation
  • Simultaneous five-axis finishing milling of TiAl6V4 centrifugal compressor blades: a dynamic evaluation of lead and tilt angles variation
  • Design of an active control of vibration in a centreless grinding machine: theoretical study and experimental implementation
  • On the exact computation of the swept surface of a cylindrical surface undergoing two-parameter rational Bezier motions
  • Advanced calculation of static and dynamic stiffness in mechatronic machine tools

Special issue: MindTrek: media in the ubiquitous era

International Journal of Arts and Technology 4(3) 2011

Papers from the Academic MindTrek conference held in Tampere, Finland, 30 September- 2 October 2009.
  • Locative literature: experiences with the textopia system
  • Retrospective vs. prospective: two approaches to mobile media capture and access
  • Towards a social iTV service: exploring user acceptance and changing media experience
  • Designing and evaluating UbiBall: a ubiquitous computing game for children
  • Evaluating motion: spatial user behaviour in virtual environments
  • Leadership in an online multiplayer strategy game: case – Illuria
  • The Uncanny Wall
  • Social interaction in games

24 July 2011

Call for Papers: Simulation and Optimisation in Manufacturing Systems and Supply Chains

A special issue of International Journal of Enterprise Network Management

In a fervently competitive environment, customer satisfaction is the most significant parameter for judging the successfulness of an enterprise. Day by day, the emergence of new tools and techniques help enterprises to achieve the same.

The emergence of simulation and optimisation for solving complex and combinatorial problems in manufacturing systems and supply chains is one of the most prominent achievements in the field of operations research. The principle reason behind this is that problem-solving under uncertainty has a very high impact on real world contexts. In addition to this, complex and combinatorial problems arising in practice are becoming increasingly complex and dynamic. Simulation and optimisation in manufacturing systems and supply chains is therefore a critical area that is being developed and which needs much attention.

The main objective of the special issue is to focus on the application of simulation and optimisation in solving various issues in manufacturing systems and supply chains.

This issue is intended for revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers submitted at the Second International Conference on Simulation, Modeling and Analysis (COSMA 2011), taking place on 14-16th December 2011, jointly organised by the Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore - 641112, TamilNadu, India and the National Institute of Technology Calicut, NIT Campus, Calicut - 673601, Kerala, India. However, we also encourage other researchers to submit their manuscripts for this special issue.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Deterministic and stochastic manufacturing systems
  • Analysis of manufacturing systems and constraints
  • Development of interfaces for manufacturing data
  • Data validation and system model generation
  • Evaluation of simulation and optimisation approaches
  • Modelling equipment and work flow
  • Simulation and optimisation of manufacturing work flow
  • Future performance prediction of manufacturing systems
  • Design and simulation of supply chains
  • Knowledge-based systems in supply chains
  • Simulation and Optimisation in inbound and outbound logistics
  • Optimisation in sourcing, location, allocation and routing
  • Simulation in pricing and costing in supply chains
  • Manufacturing systems and supply chain performance management
  • Detection of bottlenecks using simulation
  • Simulation investigations on the supply chains
Important Dates
Manuscript submission: 1 February, 2012
Notification of initial decision: 1 March, 2012
Submission of revised manuscript: 1 April, 2012
Notification of final acceptance: 1 May, 2012
Submission of final revised paper: 1 June, 2012

Call for Papers: Design and Simulation of Manufacturing and Logistics Systems

A special issue of International Journal of Electronic Transport

Even though we have moved beyond the Industrial Age and into the Information Age, manufacturing and logistics remain an important part of the global economy. Manufacturing and logistics systems are typically very large and dynamic systems that can have a wide variety of complex interactions. Modelling and simulation tools have been widely used in the design of these systems, as well as to help validate manufacturing and logistics plans as they are developed.

However, modelling and simulation tools have not generally been used to help control the actual operation of such manufacturing and logistics systems, although considerable efforts are being devoted to developing sensor suites to monitor system performance and decision planning aids to support rapid re-planning. Although simulation of manufacturing and logistics systems has a long-lasting tradition in industry, it has always been difficult to establish the methodology there.

There is a need for pervasive use of modelling and simulation for decision support in current and future manufacturing and logistics systems, and several significant challenges need to be addressed by the simulation community to realise this vision. Firstly, an order of magnitude reduction in problem-solving cycles is needed. The second challenge is the development of real-time, simulation-based problem-solving capability. The third challenge is the need for true plug-and-play interoperability of simulations and supporting software. Finally there is the biggest challenge facing modelling and simulation analysts today: that of convincing management to sponsor modelling and simulation projects instead of, or in addition to, more commonly used manufacturing and logistics system design and improvement methods such as lean manufacturing and six sigma.

The main objective of this special issue focuses on the application of simulation and optimisation in solving various issues in manufacturing systems and supply chains.

The issue is primarily intended for revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers from the Second International Conference on Simulation, Modeling and Analysis (COSMA 2011), taking place on 14-16 December 2011, jointly organised by Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore - 641112, TamilNadu, India and the National Institute of Technology Calicut, NIT Campus, Calicut - 673601, Kerala, India. However, we also encourage other researchers to submit their manuscripts for this special issue.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Simulation processes for manufacturing systems analysis
  • Synchronised factory models in manufacturing systems
  • Real-time simulation-based problem solving models in manufacturing systems
  • Interoperability of simulations in manufacturing systems
  • Object-oriented simulation in manufacturing systems
  • Simulation-based scheduling and control in manufacturing systems
  • Algorithms and techniques to support computer-aided design and optimisation of complex manufacturing systems
  • Models of computation, specification languages, real-time systems, synthesis and compilation for manufacturing systems
  • Models of manufacturing systems together with analysis techniques that identify design flaws, performance problems and vulnerabilities.
  • Strategies and concepts for logistics
  • Technical and organisational planning of logistics systems
  • Supply chains and logistics network design
  • Physical distribution and facility location
  • Distribution centres and warehousing decisions
  • Outbound and inbound logistics
  • Transportation management and logistics
  • Information management in logistics systems
  • Traffic flows demand, control and performance
  • Multi-modal systems
  • Reverse and green logistics
Important Dates
Manuscript submission: 1 February, 2012
Notification of initial decision: 1 March, 2012
Submission of revised manuscript: 1 April, 2012
Notification of final acceptance: 1 May, 2012
Submission of final revised paper: 1 June, 2012

Call for Papers: The Resource-Based View as Applied in International Marketing

A special issue of International Journal of Trade and Global Markets

There have been at least two major theoretical approaches used in international marketing research. These are the industrial organisation approach and the resource-based view. The industrial organisation approach ascribes a firm’s international performance to its external market position. The resource-based view focuses on internal organisational resources such as marketing competency or marketing capabilities to identify the determinants of a firm’s international marketing performance.

In previous international marketing literature, most studies adopted the industrial organisation approach to evaluate a firm’s strategy, characteristics and external factors as determinants of performance. Industrial organisation theory states that the external environment imposes pressure on firms to which they must respond. In line with this theory, Zou and Stan (1998) suggested that exporters who respond successfully to their external environments by developing and implementing an appropriate strategy would enjoy superior performance. The strategy factors that have been frequently studied as determinants of performance include adapting the different marketing mix elements to accommodate the needs of the local market, different channel relationships, and the different types of channels (Zou et al., 2003).

However, Zou et al.(2003) also suggest that the industrial organisation framework only focuses on the impact of a firm’s strategy and its external environment on performance, and places very little emphasis on the impact of idiosyncratic internal capabilities, such as marketing capabilities, on a firm’s performance (Barney, 1991).

In order to overcome this void in the literature, Barney (1991) introduced the new theoretical perspective that is the resource based-view of the firm. The resource-based view views a firm not in the light of its activities or strategy in the product market but as a unique bundle of tangible and intangible resources. In addition, a firm’s resources, not its strategy, are at the heart of its competitive advantage (Peteraf, 1993). In other words, the resource based-view states that the principal determinants of a business’s performance and its strategy are its internal resources.

Not all of a firm’s resources have the potential to create a sustainable competitive advantage. Barney (1991) argued that to create a sustainable competitive advantage, a resource must have four attributes: it must (1) be valuable, (2) be rare, (3) be difficult to imitate, and (4) have no strategically equivalent substitute. Specifically, resources that are necessary for creating a sustainable competitive advantage can be divided into two types: namely, assets and capabilities. Assets are the resource endowments a firm has accumulated, for example, an investment in facilities; while capabilities are a firm’s complex bundle of skills and accumulated knowledge, exercised through an organisational process that enables the firm to coordinate activities and make the best use of its assets (Day, 1994).

In recent years, there have been an increasing number of international marketing studies conducted using the resource-based view of firms (Calantone et al., 2006; Dhanaraj and Beamish, 2003). Additionally, Knudsen and Madsen (2002) have suggested that the resource-based view of firms has emerged as the dominant paradigm. As such, this special issue focuses on the resource-based view and its significance in international marketing.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • The relationships between industry structure, strategy, marketing capabilities, learning, innovation and performance in international marketing
  • The determinants of a sustainable competitive advantage in international marketing
  • The relationship between an export venture’s resources and a sustainable competitive advantage in international marketing
  • The influence of resource dependency on international marketing strategy
  • Analysis of both internal and external firm factors on strategy and performance in international marketing
  • The relationship between product, price, promotion and distribution capability and export marketing performance
  • The significance of market orientation as a marketing capability in international marketing, whether it be as a mediating variable or having a direct influence on performance
  • The influence of firm capabilities on collaborative stability and change
  • The relationship between market knowledge and new product advantage
  • Cross-national comparative studies of new product development processes
  • The antecedents of marketing capabilities and organisational effectiveness
  • Investigations of the different strategic types, marketing competencies and performance
  • The effect of export marketing capabilities on export performance
Important Date
Deadline for receipt of manuscripts: 31 December, 2011

Call for Papers: Lessons from the Crisis: Banking, Executive Compensation and Risk Management

A special issue of International Journal of Management Practice

The aim of this special issue is to present papers discussing the lessons learned from the recent financial crisis of 2007-2009, focusing on banking, executive compensation and risk management. In line with the journal’s objective to turn theory into practice, we particularly welcome papers with practical implications.

Many financial sector and regulatory practices contributed to the recent financial crisis, but amongst these were important failures in risk management practices and weakness in compensation and governance policies in the financial industry. Potential causes may include failures in rating agencies practices, capital adequacy, liquidity management, portfolio credit risk management and counterparty credit risk management. Some of these failures can be linked to conflicts in incentives that led to excessive risk-taking.

Topics include but are not limited to:
  • Incentives and bank performance: effect of compensation incentives on firm value or effect of compensation incentives on managerial behaviour
  • Bank regulation: goals, tools and lessons
  • Incentives and risk management - how does the state resolve conflict of interest when it is an owner and a regulator? Were financial sector compensation and governance important causes of the financial crisis? What reforms are needed?
  • Is there a need for a new approach to regulation and supervision to ensure financial system stability?
  • Portfolio credit risk management - improvements in rating agency models and governance processes
  • Capital and liquidity management - will Basel III achieve its intended objectives?
  • Systemic risk management - will new regulatory frameworks be effective in systematically identifying and regulating important financial institutions?
Important Dates
1-2 page abstract: 9 September, 2011
Confirmation of interest: 30 September, 2011
Submission of manuscripts: 11 October, 2011
Notification to authors: 16 December, 2011
Final versions due: 26 December, 2011

Special issue: Recent trends in financial management and financial markets

International Journal of Banking, Accounting and Finance 3(2/3) 2011

Papers from the 16th Annual Conference of the Multinational Finance Society held in Rethymno, Crete, 28 June-1 July 2009.
  • Do financial analysts' opinions matter?
  • A reexamination of value creation through strategic alliances
  • The impact of a change in the tick size rule on market quality: evidence from the Australian Stock Exchange
  • International allocation determinants for institutional investments in venture capital and private equity limited partnerships
  • Default prediction of small and medium-sized enterprises with industry effects

Special issue: Nanomedicine

International Journal of Nanotechnology 8(8/9) 2011
  • Nanotechnology as a basis for the vascular treatment of atherosclerosis
  • Synthesis of high aspect ratio gold nanorods and their effects on human antigen presenting dendritic cells
  • Biomedical applications of organically modified bioconjugated silica nanoparticles
  • Multifunctional vectors system for cancer therapy using single-walled carbon nanotubes and antisense oligonucleotide-modified gold nanoparticles composite materials
  • Growth and behaviour of bovine articular chondrocytes on nanoengineered surfaces: Part I
  • Synthesis and characterisation of new designed protoporphyrin-stabilised gold nanoparticles for cancer cells nanotechnology-based targeting
  • In vitro intracellular trafficking of biodegradable nanoparticles dextran-spermine in cancer cell lines
  • Innovative technology of engineering magnetic DNA nanoparticles for gene therapy
  • In vitro physicochemical evaluation of DNA nanoparticles
  • Sildenafil citrate nanoemulsion vs. self-nanoemulsifying delivery systems: rational development and transdermal permeation
  • Andrographolide, a novel bioactive phytoconstituent encapsulated in sustained release biodegradable nanoparticles

Special Issue: Design in nature

International Journal of Design Engineering 4(1) 2011
  • A novel manufacturing strategy for bio-inspired cellular structures
  • Abstracting biology for engineering design
  • Double-negative feedback loops as a common design motif in the transcriptional networks regulating cell fate
  • Turing machine task analysis: a method for modelling affordances in the design process
  • Friction in nature

Special issue: Mechatronics for ground vehicle autonomy: modelling, design and control

International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems 9(3/4) 2011
  • Design of automatic control of multi-axle motor vehicles with a hydrostatic wheel drive
  • Active suspension of the unmanned/autonomous multi-supported ground vehicles
  • Modelling and dynamic analysing of rectilinear mode of crawling locomotion
  • Gyro feedback of a hydraulic steering system
  • Leader–follower tracking control design for task-based missions
  • Fuzzy identification of uncertain ground parameters for autonomous mobile machines
  • Manipulator simulation and its application to model a crawling gait locomotion
  • Mechatronic system for intellectual control of the interaction between road and wheels of the autonomous ground vehicles
Submitted paper
  • Navigation-based constrained trajectory generation for advanced driver assistance systems

Special issue: Computational intelligence in biomedical informatics

International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design 4(3) 2011
  • Restructuring the Gene Ontology to emphasise regulative pathways and to improve gene similarity queries
  • Text mining and visualisation of Protein-Protein Interactions
  • A hybrid metaheuristic for Closest String Problem
  • Identification and classification of cocci bacterial cells in digital microscopic images
  • LigSeeSVM: Ligand-based virtual Screening using Support Vector Machines and data fusion
Added paper
  • Detection of functional modules from protein interaction networks with an enhanced random walk based algorithm

Special issue: Progress in landfill management and landfill emission reduction

International Journal of Environmental Engineering 3(3/4) 2011
  • Application of biofilm membrane bioreactor and Reverse Osmosis membrane to the treatment of fresh and partially stabilised leachate
  • Kinetic study of toxic pollutants decomposition by ozone in landfill leachate using a numerical adaptive method
  • A laboratory-scale mixed multibarrier for removal of ammonium from landfill leachate contamination
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in leachates from municipal landfills
  • In-situ moisture content measurement of landfill cover using Time Domain Reflectometry
  • Mitigating methane emissions from passive landfill vents: a viable option for older closed landfills
  • Evaluation of methane oxidation in a landfill cover material using a simple indicator approach
  • Alternative stabilisation options of mechanically sorted organic fraction from municipal solid waste prior to landfill disposal
  • Evaluation of a sequential aerobic–anaerobic treatment of municipal solid waste in a bioreactor landfill
  • Changes in geotechnical properties of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in bioreactor landfill with degradation
  • The impact of an environmental disamenity on land values: case of Kiteezi landfill in Uganda
  • Forum: Maintenance and rehabilitation of water resources and environment related infrastructures
  • Forum: Communication skills: written and verbal
Additional Paper
  • Coupling of a Probabilistic Cellular Automaton and a stochastic algorithm for a reactive transport simulation in subsurface media

Special issue: Innovativeness of SMEs

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing 3(3) 2011

Includes papers from the conference on 'Management of SMEs: growth, innovation and internationalisation' held in Klagenfurt, Austria, September 2009
  • Enhancing process innovations: the role of cognitions, and power-based leadership
  • The influence of advergames on consumers' attitudes and behaviour: an empirical study among young consumers
  • Competence development in start-ups and SMEs: what is the role of higher education institutions as cooperation partners?
  • How to turn public networks into clubs? The challenge of being a cluster manager
  • Management accounting and controlling in German SMEs – do company size and family influence matter?
  • Examining SME performance: the role of innovation, R&D and internationalisation

Special issue: Assessment and sustainable society

International Journal of Sustainable Society 3(3) 2011
  • CDM sustainable technology transfer grounded in participatory in-country processes in Israel
  • Choosing a hybrid car using a hierarchical decision model
  • An econometric analysis of ecological footprint determinants: implications for sustainability
  • Conditional eco-efficiency measure from the perspective of pollution emission firms
  • Institutional context for entrepreneurship in Arab countries
  • Technological innovation management for sustainable development and competitiveness in the internationalisation context
  • Integrated life cycle management of aggregates quarrying, processing and recycling: definition of a common LCA methodology in the SARMa project

15 July 2011

Special issue: University cities: including universities and research institutes into strategies for urban growth

International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development 2(2) 2011
  • Urban knowledge arenas: dynamics, tensions and potentials
  • Delft blues: the long road from university town to knowledge city
  • Changing from a univer(s)city to a knowledge city: the case of Coimbra
  • City-regions, innovation challenges and universities: (new) shifts in the UK urban governance institutions
  • University spin-offs, entrepreneurial environment and start-up policy: the cases of Waterloo and Toronto (Ontario) and Columbus (Ohio)
  • Concepts of pride, brand, and communication: architecture, urban design, and knowledge production: Berlin from 1810 to 2010

Special issue: New frontier of bio-inspired computation

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering 6(1/2) 2011
  • A chaotic PSO approach to multi-mode resource-constraint project scheduling with uncertainty
  • Particle swarm optimisation algorithm for radio frequency identification network topology optimisation
  • Particle swarm optimisation based on self-organisation topology driven by different fitness rank
  • Optimal water distribution network design with improved particle swarm optimisation
  • A novel particle swarm algorithm for solving parameter identification problems on graphics hardware
  • Group-decided Watts-Strogatz particle swarm optimisation
  • An effective approach for removing heavy salt-peppers noise based on bee colony optimisation
  • Double elite co-evolutionary genetic algorithm
  • An intelligent oil reservoir identification approach by deploying quantum Levenberg-Research on artificial neural networks with spatial architecture based on span connection and lateral inhibition mechanism
  • A novel hybrid model for image classification
  • Shape similarity computation for SVG
  • QoS scheduling of fuzzy strategy grid workflow based on the bio-network
  • Economic load dispatch solution by improved harmony search with wavelet mutation
  • Principal components analysis by the galaxy-based search algorithm: a novel metaheuristic for continuous optimisation

Special issue: More potential in social media

International Journal of Web Based Communities 7(3) 2011
  • Sharing experiences with using next generation knowledge portals for advancing web communities
  • Decentralised social network management
  • A survey on social network sites to determine requirements for learning networks for professional development of university staff
  • CAPTCHA accessibility study of online forums
  • Second language learner perceptions of ICT community to support collaborative knowledge construction in an English writing course
  • Medical students' international blogging community: a coping mechanism to survive the difficult years of medical school
  • Discovery of user profiles using fuzzy web intelligent techniques
  • 'Every group carries the flavour of the admins': leadership on Flickr
  • Twitter for crisis communication: lessons learned from Japan's tsunami disaster

12 July 2011

Special issue: Multicriteria decision making for environmental analysis and sustainability

International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making 1(3) 2011
  • Criteria selection framework for sustainable development indicators
  • Assessment of criteria – rich rankings for environmental policy making
  • Towards a sustainable city: improving the sustainability of Cranberry Township
  • Positive multicriteria (PMC) models in agriculture for energy and environmental policy analysis
  • Sustainable development of bioenergy sector: an integrated methodological framework

Special issue: Selected papers from the 12th International Congress on Mesomechanics, Taipei, Taiwan, 2010

International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Multiscale Mechanics 2(1) 2011

[Congress website]
  • The Buckingham Catastrophe in multiscale modelling of fracture
  • Probing mesoscopic lattice misorientation by strain gradient crystal plasticity modelling and micro-beam Laue diffraction experiments
  • Control of transient thermal stress in a piezo-composite disk
  • Synchrotron X-Ray diffraction analysis of cyclic deformation behaviour of thin gold films
  • Effects of surface electrostatic force on piezoelectric fracture
  • Atomistic studies of nanohardness size effects
  • Thermal stress analysis of thin films in the context of generalised thermoelasticity
  • Fracture energy of nano- and micro-silica particle-filled epoxy composites

Special issue: Robust design: coping with hazards, risk and uncertainty (Part 1)

International Journal of Reliability and Safety 5(3/4) 2011

Papers from the 4th International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing (REC2010), held in Singapore, 3−5 March 2010.
  • General purpose stochastic analysis software for optimal maintenance scheduling: application to a fatigue-prone structural component
  • Recursive least-squares estimation in case of interval observation data
  • Robust control of integrating systems using CDM-based two-loop control structure
  • Interval-based differential evolution approach for combined economic emission load dispatch
  • A probabilistic quantitative risk assessment model for fire in road tunnels with parameter uncertainty
  • Random set finite element method application to tunnelling
  • On the stability and controllability of fuzzy control set differential equations
  • A new interval finite element formulation with the same accuracy in primary and derived variables
  • Prediction of uncertain structural behaviour and robust design
  • Robust simulation and design using semi-infinite programs with implicit functions
  • Fuzzy architecture of systems with alterable information: case study for tyre–ground friction estimators
  • Robust design of turbine blades against manufacturing variability

Special issue: Shipping and transport logistics in a changing economy

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics 3(4) 2011

Papers from the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) 2010 Annual Conference held in Lisbon, Portugal, 7–9 July 2010 .
  • Shipping taxation: perspectives and impact on flag choice
  • Service differentiation in liner shipping: advance booking and express services
  • Short sea shipping: lessons for or from Australia
  • Mitigating maritime disruptions: evidence from the Australian-Indonesian wheat supply chain
  • The effect of ports' logistics attributes and services on the business and supply chain performance of shipping firms
  • Quay crane scheduling with time windows, one-way and spatial constraints
  • Regional hub port development – the case of Montevideo, Uruguay

8 July 2011

Four Inderscience journals receive impact factors for the first time in the 2010 list

We are pleased to announce that the following titles have received impact factors from Thomson Reuters for the first time:

European Journal of International Management: 0.220
International Journal of Mobile Communications: 0.940
International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics: 1.000
International Journal of Web and Grid Services
: 0.978

Free sample issues of all these titles are available from the journal home pages or from the sample full text articles page.

We thank our Editors and their Boards, and all authors, referees and readers for their contribution to attaining this status.

Call for Papers: Conceptual and Methodological Dimensions of Plausibility

A special issue of International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy

Representations of the future play a vital role in the framing of scientific uncertainty, as metrics in policy measures, as animated cultural symbols, and as rationales for economic activity. Investigating the conceptual and methodological dimensions of plausibly is a means to better understand the meaning and significance of the ways individuals and communities know, explore, assess, and shape futures across time, cultures, and professional practices.

How different communities establish plausibility is a particularly interesting locus of concern bringing questions of disciplinary knowledge, evidence, and values to the fore. The production and consumption of anticipatory knowledge is bound up in imagination and speculation, the analytic treatment of expectations, the creation of visions and predictive models – a whole range of practices, methods and tools. Yet little is said about the quality of future-oriented knowledge and its impacts. This special issue will explore the concept of plausibility from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and through an assessment of the variety of ways plausibility is constructed and contested.

Examples of questions that could be addressed include, but are not limited to:
  • What are the historical antecedents to plausibility that shape the broader political, cultural and cognitive structures that guide societies approach to incalculable futures?
  • Does plausibility offer a pathway away from the pathologies of prediction and probabilistic thinking that enables better decision making in the present?
  • More generally, what is the basis of the drive to quantify futures and develop metrics in response to uncertainty?
  • How is extended temporality - the distant future - handled in professional accounting, legal, business, engineering and cultural practices?
  • What is the relationship between plausibility, probability and possibility and how do those distinctions relate to notions of trust and legitimacy?
  • What are the quality criteria evident in contemporary foresight methods?
Important Dates
Extended abstract due: 1 September, 2011
First draft due: 15 April, 2012
Final draft due: 1 September, 2012

Call for Papers: Advances in Sport Tourism Marketing & Management

A special issue of International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing

Sport tourism is at the heart of global tourism's growth and, as the fastest growing sector in the international travel and tourism industry, accounted in 2009 for an astonishing US$700 billion of the international tourism market. The economies of cities, regions and entire countries (in the case of mega sport events like the Olympic Games) are ever more dependent on creating synergies between sport and tourism to jump-start economic and socio-economic development and change.

Participants and visitors in sport tourism events appear to be higher spending and stay longer than other tourist segments, are of higher calibre and often stimulate other tourism (i.e. tourism multiplier paradigm). Their direct benefit to a destination is revenues; their indirect benefit has been found to be long-term tourism development and spread of favourable word of mouth. In addition, media exposure of sport tourism destinations tends to be of significant importance in creating and maintaining a positive image of the destination.

This special issue invites manuscripts investigating the management and marketing of sport tourism, exploring the future of sport tourism destinations, and identifying sports tourism's economic, managerial, developmental, socio-cultural, and political impacts. Qualitative, quantitative, and conceptual papers are all encouraged; manuscripts should be forward-looking in nature, and should aim to shed light on not only the concepts themselves, but also on the specific best practices and applications that may exist in marketing and management of sport tourism.

Submissions are welcome from a broad range of topics which explore marketing and management advances in sport tourism, including, but not limited to:
  • Management of sport tourism destinations
  • Positioning for sport tourism destinations
  • Promotion of sport tourism destinations
  • Market segmentation for sport tourism
  • New product development in sport tourism
  • Image and branding of sport events and tourism destinations
  • Challenges to sport tourism marketing and management
  • Destination management systems for sport tourism
  • Social media in sport tourism
  • Spectator motivations
  • Sponsorship for sport events
  • Challenges to growth and development for sport tourism
  • Service quality issues in sport tourism
  • Marketing sport tourism: creating synergies between sport and destination
  • Sustainable development at sport tourism destinations
  • Gastronomy and wine in sport tourism marketing
  • Cultural tourism and sport tourism
  • Information and communication technologies for sport tourism marketing and management
Important Date
Deadline for submission: 30 November 2012

Call for Papers: Recent Advances in Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence

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

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) to tackle engineering problems has been one of the most exciting research topics in recent years in a wide variety of engineering fields as it has helped to solve a range of hitherto intractable problems. Typical AI techniques include artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms, swarm intelligence, fuzzy logic, expert systems and machine learning etc.

AI has been successfully employed in solving real-world engineering problems such as the design of marine vessel controller, calibration in manufacturing/measuring system, signal processing, pattern identification, process optimization and so on.

The goal of this special issue is to provide a vigorous forum and medium for the publication of original high-quality research papers that focus on real-world applications of AI in a variety of engineering fields. Papers that concentrate on a comparison study of multiple AI algorithms for a particular engineering application are particularly encouraged.

Suitable topics, include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Applications of AI in marine engineering
  • Applications of AI in electrical engineering
  • Applications of AI in bioengineering
  • Applications of AI in industrial engineering
  • Applications of AI in manufacturing engineering
  • Applications of AI in materials engineering
  • Applications of AI in computer engineering
  • Applications of AI in chemical engineering
  • Applications of AI in bio-environmental engineering
Important Date
Submission deadline: December 31, 2011

Call for Papers: Knowledge Worker Migration

A special issue of International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development

Attracting and retaining human capital is a high priority for economic development stakeholders in the knowledge economy. Given the internationalization of scientific endeavors in the new century, it has become obvious that one country cannot and will not retain a monopoly over human capital. In this new era of global competition for human capital, the traditional push and pull factors which might otherwise compel knowledge workers to migrate may not influence their migration decision making as before. To better understand this process, it is vital that social scientists and practitioners explore the multiple dimensions of the migration decision making process and its dynamics over the course of a knowledge worker’s career.

The goal of this special issue is to bring together papers for academic and practitioner audiences which focus on the economic, political and social issues which affect the migration of knowledge workers. The scale of migration covered may be either internal (within country) or international (between countries).

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Policies to attract/retain knowledge workers
  • Theoretical or empirical work on the ways in-migrant knowledge workers affect their destination as well as how their leaving affects the origin
  • Effects of knowledge worker migration on regional economic development
  • Locational preferences of knowledge workers
  • Theoretical or empirical work on the brain drain, reverse brain drain and/or brain gain
  • Case studies on the efficacy of policies from different levels of government to attract and retain knowledge workers
  • Human capital theory and migration investments by knowledge workers
  • Costs and benefits of migration for knowledge workers
  • Social dimensions of migration decision making for knowledge workers
  • Locational extent of social networks vital to the career success of knowledge workers
Important Dates
Expression of interest: 15 September 2011
Submission of full paper: 15 December, 2011
Notification of review results: 1 March, 2012
Final paper submission: 1 April, 2012

Call for Papers: Emerging Trends in Control and Automation

A special issue of International Journal of Systems, Control and Communications

This special issue aims to present recent progress, ideas, problems and solutions relating to the multifaceted aspects of control and automation. It is intended for academics, practitioners, scientists and engineers involved in the area of control engineering as well as those working in industrial automation.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 2011 International Conference on Control and Automation (Jeju Island, Korea) but we also strongly encourage researchers who did not participate in the conference to submit papers for this call.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to the following. Excellent surveying works in these areas are also welcome.
  • Adaptive and learning control system
  • Advanced technologies (i.e. MEMS and nano-electronic devices)
  • Communication theory and information theory
  • Control theory and applications
  • Manufacturing systems and automation
  • Modulation, coding and channel analysis
  • Networks design, network protocols and network management
  • Parallel/distributed computing and grid computing
  • Power engineering and power systems
  • Process control, monitoring, design and optimization, automation
  • Sensors and signal processing
  • Software engineering
  • Biological/biomedical systems and control
  • Wireless/mobile communications and technologies
  • Mechatronic and micromechatronic systems
Important Dates
Submission deadline: 31 March, 2012
Notification of acceptance: 31 May, 2012
Final version due: 31 July, 2012

4 July 2011

Call for Papers: Modelling of Emerging Internet Services: Social Networks and Crowdsourcing

A special issue of International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems

In recent decades the Internet has changed dramatically both in an economic way and in a technical way. By implementing new paradigms, it has evolved from a simple collection of websites providing pure information towards a services and applications platform.

The rise of the peer-to-peer paradigm led to new applications and services which allowed Internet users to share files and user-generated content amongst each other. Later on, the application of the Web 2.0 paradigm empowered Internet users to become application and service developers themselves. Examples of this new generation of websites are blogs, wikis and media-sharing platforms. Thereby users are connected to each other by means of social networks creating new paths for communication and the sharing of information. Prominent examples of such social media networks are Facebook or YouTube.

Today, a newly emerging service platform and business model on the Internet has been established by the crowdsourcing paradigm. In contrast to outsourcing, where a job is performed by a designated worker or employee, crowdsourcing refers to outsourcing a job to a large, anonymous crowd of workers, the so-called human cloud, in the form of an open call. This human cloud is abstracted by a crowdsourcing platform, which distributes the work submitted by an employer amongst human worker resources and acts as mediator between worker and employer. The crowdsourcing paradigm is dramatically changing the future of work and work organisation on the Internet. Work is organised at finer granularity and jobs are split into cheap micro-tasks which can be quickly performed by the human cloud.

Due to increasing interest in social networks and crowdsourcing, there is a lot of ongoing research in this area. However, there are a lot of open research issues. The impact of social networks and crowdsourcing platforms on future Internet traffic is still unknown. Due to the size of these networks and human clouds, these platforms will significantly change Internet traffic in a similar manner to Facebook or other social media networks. Thus it is an important telecommunications priority to model and analyse these communication platforms and evolving complex networks, for example the dynamics and growth of social media networks and crowdsourcing platforms.

Within this context, this Special Issue focuses on the modelling of emerging Internet platforms, in particular social networks and crowdsourcing platforms.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Measurement, modelling and analysis of social networks
  • Characterisation and evolution of network topologies and interaction networks
  • Detection of user communities and user interactions
  • Inference of topology, friend relationships or interactions in social networks
  • Population models and structural models for network dynamics
  • Measurement methods and approximation techniques, e.g. sampling
  • Properties of complex networks, appropriate complex networks metrics
  • Information diffusion and epidemic spreading
  • Opinion formation and consensus, community formation, collective decisions
  • Bio-inspired and socio-physical models
  • Measurement, modelling and analysis of crowdsourcing
  • Evolution of crowdsourcing platforms, trends, e.g. mobile crowdsourcing
  • Use cases for crowdsourcing, e.g. for enterprises or in mobile domains
  • Modelling the granularity of work, key components of crowdsourcing
  • Modelling and analysis of the human cloud and individual user behaviour
  • Models from different perspectives: platform operator, employer, worker
  • Quality, cost and completion times of crowdsourcing jobs
  • Modelling quality assurance mechanisms, incentive mechanisms
  • Classification models for jobs and campaigns, skills and experience of workers
  • Modelling recommendation systems and their impact
Important Dates
Full papers due: 30 September, 2011
Notification of acceptance: 30 November, 2011
Final papers due: 15 January, 2012

Call for Papers: Health Service Engineering and Redesign

A special issue of International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management

The healthcare sector has been one of the longest existing and most quickly evolving professions. Research breakthroughs in new instruments and procedures are evidence of medical science advancement. However, the operation and management of health service delivery as a whole is lagging behind, as shown by increasing administrative overheads and the lack of access to healthcare in various forms.

Great engineering and management efforts are called upon to address the problems in health service redesign and operation. While established practices in traditional industries such as manufacturing and supply chain management can be successfully applied to health services, innovative approaches and methods will contribute to the shift to system- and process-oriented healthcare paradigms.

This special issue aims to examine relevant emerging studies and cases so that it may function as a reference for healthcare researchers and practitioners.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Clinical decision support and expert systems
  • Health service and process redesign
  • Lean concepts and applications in health service
  • Supply chain management of healthcare delivery
  • Medical logistics
  • Healthcare ERP
  • Health and medical information systems and technology
  • Wireless and mobile healthcare applications
  • Tele-home care technology and management
  • Risk and security of health services
  • Health emergency and incident response
  • Organisational and cultural aspects of health services
  • Human factors and ergonomics in healthcare
Important Dates
Deadline for extended abstract (optional; see below): 1 November, 2011
Deadline for submission: 31 January, 2012

Call for Papers: Resilient Network Design

A special issue of International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems

Today, many lives, businesses and social activities are dependant on the availability of global internet services. Any failure or drop in quality in the provision of access, availability or delivery of information over the Internet or associated local, national or global networks can lead to extensive loss of resources and opportunities which can ultimately result in a deficiency for users and a significant drop in efficacy at various levels in the economy.

In order to ensure a safe, secure and dependable future, networking infrastructures in all of our systems, gateways and networks should be enhanced to work reliably in the presence of all predictable and unpredictable errors and disturbances, under a common umbrella of ‘network design resilience’, as we pave the road towards high-speed next generation communication networks.

The aim of this special issue is to address network resiliency and analyse associated problems, and to propose new solutions to unresolved problems and improvements to existing solutions. For this we welcome research papers addressing network resilience issues in association with the topics listed below.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Dependability and fault-tolerance
  • Topology and architecture
  • Optical networks
  • Wireless and radio networks
  • Reliability and integrity
  • Accessibility and availability
  • Performance evaluation
  • Risk assessment
  • Green communications
  • Traffic engineering issues
  • Human errors
  • Quality of service
  • Application scenarios and practical case studies
Important Dates
Paper submission: 1 November, 2011
Review results: 1 January, 2012
Resubmission: 1 March, 2012
Final notification of acceptance: 1 May, 2012
Submission of final manuscript: 1 June, 2012

Call for Papers: Risk Management for System Security

A special issue of International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management

This special issue will explore recent progress, ideas, problems and solutions relating to the multifaceted aspects of risk management for system security, and also covers risk management for business and critical infrastructures to mitigate cyber attacks and terrorism attempted through hacking.

It is intended for academics, practitioners, scientists and engineers who are involved in the areas of business, engineering, climate science, economics, education, management, information sciences and strategy development.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 2011 International Conference on Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (8-10 December, Jeju Island, Korea), but we also strongly encourage researchers who did not participate in the conference to submit papers for this call.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to the following areas. Excellent surveying works in these areas are also welcome.
  • Risk management for system security for critical infrastructures
  • Risk management for system security for critical information
  • Guides or standards related to risk management for system security
  • Practices related to risk management for system security
  • Security against business hacking
  • SCADA system security
  • Business risk management
  • Security against cyber terrorism
  • Emergency information systems
  • Case studies and lessons learned
  • Coordination in crisis situations of international proportions
  • Crisis management, management system
  • Decision-making processes in rapidly emerging crises
  • Environmental protection, climate change
  • Environmental management and monitoring
  • GIS in emergency management
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Operative forces and their organisation
  • Risk assessment, management, professional practice
  • Technologies and equipment for environmental assessment and protection
  • Cyberterrorism
  • Critical technology management
  • Training and awareness
  • Crisis communications
  • Coordination with external agencies
  • Disaster recovery
Important Dates
Submission deadline: 31 March, 2012
Notification of acceptance: 31 May, 2012
Final Version Due: 31 July, 2012

Special issue: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and IT Infrastructures: a managerial and technical perspective

International Journal of Business Information Systems 8(1) 2011
  • Determinants of software quality in COTS products: an exploratory study
  • A decision algorithm for ERP systems alignment
  • A framework for engineering change management in enterprise resource planning using service-oriented architecture
  • Integrating business process modelling and ERP role engineering
  • ERP system implementation costs and selection factors of an implementation approach

Special issue: Intellectual capital as a useful perspective in understanding business model innovations

International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital 8(3) 2011
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship: managing the paradox of purpose in business model innovation
  • What constitutes a business model: the perception of financial analysts
  • Corporate social capital in business innovation networks
  • Intellectual capital: today's challenge! Tomorrow's asset
  • Causal maps and the performance measurement of CSR related intangibles: a case study
  • The strategic management of knowledge resources
  • Intellectual capitals, business models and performance measurements in forming strategic network
  • Reasoning, modelling and knowledge codification in solving well-structured mathematics problems