27 June 2012

Call for papers: Contemporary Multiagent and Other Intelligent Applications

A special issue of International Journal of Computational Intelligence Studies
This special issue celebrates 10 years of IEEE International Conferences on Intelligent Systems. During the past 10 years intelligent systems have become one of the most rapidly developing technologies, and the prospects for the next decade look even better.

Today the mainstream of contemporary intelligent applications is following multiagent projects where the agents substitute the objects from traditional programming, evolving systems and ontology applications in collective systems aiming at elicitation and sharing the meaning (sense) of different events from the system environment. More and more applications are industrial or in security systems.

All of these interdisciplinary projects tend to involve elaboration of thinking machines where ‘thinking’ means evolutionary processing of data and knowledge. Some of them may be bio-inspired, while the others will realise next generation data/web mining. Large future diversity is the reason for a wide range of research papers in this special issue.

We welcome both empirical and theoretical contributions related to the proposed topics. Papers based on empirical data with a strong theoretical background are preferred; reviews of existing literature and references to bibliographical sources are required.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at a special issue session at the IEEE 6th International Conference on Intelligent Systems to be held on 6-8 September 2012, in Sofia, Bulgaria, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the event to submit papers for this call.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Multiagent systems
  • Ontology applications
  • Data mining
  • Evolutionary computation
  • Intelligent security systems
Important Dates
Paper submission for a special issue session at IEEE 6th International Conference on Intelligent Systems: 1 September, 2012 (via email)
Paper submission for special issue: 10 February, 2013 (online submission)

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Inderscience is a media partner for the 5th ISPIM (International Society for Professional Innovation Management) Innovation Symposium - Stimulating Innovation: Challenges for Management, Science & Technology to be held in Seoul, Korea on 9-12 December 2012.

Call for papers: Innovative Use of Online Platforms for Learning Support and Management

A special issue of International Journal of Information Technology and Management

Conducting effective online learning often needs a platform to support and manage the learning process. The recent development of learning theories (e.g. social constructivist learning theory) and technologies (e.g. web 2.0, social networking sites) has had great impacts on the design and use of such online platforms for learning support and management.

These platforms should not only allow teachers to share materials with students and control the learning process, but also enable students to actively contribute ideas, interact with peers and construct knowledge collaboratively.

The main objective of this special issue is to share experiences on how to effectively use online platforms to promote and manage the learning process. These experiences may include innovative use of commercial systems such as Blackboard to support learning, or exploratory use of other (free or open source) online platforms such as Moodle, Edmodo, Wiki or Facebook to enhance collaborative learning and knowledge construction. The sharing and discussion in this special issue will have implications for teachers for effectively designing online learning environments by using existing learning management systems or online web 2.0 tools.

This issue welcomes empirical research papers and case studies about using learning support or management systems (such as Blackboard, Moodle, LAMS) or other web 2.0 tools (such as Edmodo, wiki, Facebook, Google +) to promote effective teaching and learning.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Using Blackboard to support teaching and learning
  • Using Moodle or LAMS to enhance self-directed and/or collaborative learning
  • Using other web 2.0 tools such as Edmodo, Wiki, weblog, Facebook Group, Google Apps to promote group collaboration
  • Teachers' innovative use of online platforms to manage the teaching and learning process
  • Students' collaborative use of online platforms to facilitate knowledge construction
  • Strategies for effective design and use of online learning environments
  • Concerns and implementation issues of using online learning platforms in practice
  • Design and evaluation of effective learning environments
  • Monitoring and management of collaborative learning processes
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 November, 2012
Notification to authors:  31 January, 2013
Final versions due:  31 March, 2013

Call for papers: Water Quality Monitoring

A special issue of International Journal of Water

Freshwater resources and aquatic ecosystems are threatened on a worldwide scale by a variety of pollutants as well as destructive land-use practices. There is an urgent need for comprehensive and accurate assessments of trends in water quality due to anthropogenic impacts and climate change. These assessments require reliable monitoring data from in situ instrumentation, remote sensing and observing systems.

This special issue will draw from ongoing advancements and novel developments of methodologies to map and monitor key indicators of water quality including, for example, bio-optical signatures, use of emerging technologies, profiling sensor systems, modelling, rapid assessments and surface and underwater vehicles.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Lakes, rivers and streams
  • Estuaries and coastal waters
  • Impacts of land-use/land-change
  • Effects of episodic climatic events
  • Emerging water quality problems
  • Use of remote sensing and in situ optical measurements
  • Microbiological indicators
  • Impact on threatened and endangered species
  • Use of autonomous surface and underwater vehicles
  • Strategies for water quality monitoring
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts:  15 October, 2012
Notification to authors: 15 December, 2012
Final versions due:  20 February, 2013

Call for papers: Precision Engineering and Tribology

A special issue of International Journal of Precision Technology

The purpose of this issue is to explore the relationship between tribology and precision in manufacturing. The issue will cover but is not limited to nano-technology and nano-tribology.

Applications of precision manufacturing in, for example, orthopaedic endoprostheses are also welcome. Authors are also encouraged to submit papers relating to constraints imposed by tribology and precision manufacturing (in its current form) on new environmental technologies (the new ‘green economy’).

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Precision engineering
  • Tribology
  • New materials
  • Biomedical engineering
  • New precision technologies to support the environment
Important Dates
Submission (online) of full papers: 31 October, 2014

Call for papers: Advances in Data Mining and Machine Learning

A special issue of International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications

Over the past few years, research and development in data mining has made great progress. Many successful applications have been reported in journals and conferences. In general, data mining systems typically help businesses to expose previously unknown patterns in their databases. It has now been recognised that mining for information and knowledge from large databases and documents will be the next revolution in database systems. It is considered very important for major cost savings and potential revenue increase with immediate applications in business, decision systems, information management, communication, scientific research and technology development. Since data mining is still a relatively new research field and a great deal of research and applications are still in progress.

Increasingly sophisticated techniques, such as association rules, fuzzy data mining, genetic algorithms applied to data mining, utility mining etc. have been proposed and many of them have already been deployed in many real-world applications. The major goal of this special issue is to bring together the researchers in the data mining field to illustrate its pressing actual needs, demonstrate challenging research issues and exchange the state-of-the-art research and development.

The issue aims to publish the best full papers from the Special Session on Advanced Data Mining Techniques and Applications (ADMTA'12) in 4th International Conference on Computational Collective Intelligence 2012 (ICCCI’12), with a special focus on data mining. ADMTA'12 aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in the field of data mining from around the world to discuss their studies.

Additionally, the call is also opened to researchers unable to attend the ADMTA’12 to publish high quality, state-of-the-art research.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Classification systems
  • Association rules
  • Clustering
  • Utility mining
  • Stream mining
  • Temporal mining
  • Spatial mining
  • Features selection for data mining and machine learning
  • Rough sets applied to data mining and machine learning
  • Fuzzy sets applied to data mining and machine learning
  • Genetic algorithms applied to data mining and machine learning
  • Neural networks applied to data mining and machine learning
  • Applications of data mining and machine learning
  • Soft sets applied to data mining and machine learning
Important Dates
Paper submission: 31 December, 2012
Notification to authors: 31 March, 2013
Final version submission: 30 April, 2013

Call for papers: Intelligent Systems and Applications Using Knowledge- and Agent-based Technologies

A special issue of International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications

The objective of this special issue is to report the most recent research in advanced knowledge- and agent-based technologies and applications. Knowledge intelligent techniques have been successfully applied to solve problems in fields such as management systems, service sciences, manufacturing industries and so on. Agent technologies have also been studied to develop distributed intelligent systems and analyse social problems.

However, the potentialities of knowledge- and agent-based systems compared to traditional techniques have not been adequately investigated. A focus of the knowledge system community is on intelligent systems to interact with humans using natural language and human-human communication, while these aspects are also fundamental for the agent system community, a focus of which is on intelligent systems in environments of bounded rationality.

The main purpose of this issue is to bring together these communities to exchange latest results, to join efforts in solving common challenges, and to establish an effective communication between researchers and developers involved in both areas in order to create a worthwhile synergy. To support this goal, the issue will feature several tracks devoted to social networks, internet technologies and cyber-physical systems, as well as tracks devoted to common themes such as pervasive cloud computing, service sciences, data mining techniques and trustworthy computing. The research and development of these systems which exploit knowledge in the target domain is at the forefront of modern research.

We welcome both academic and practical contributions in all aspects of multi-data processing technologies.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to the following aspects of knowledge- and agent-based technologies:
  • Knowledge-based systems
  • Knowledge-based engineering
  • Knowledge management
  • Agent-based systems
  • Intelligent agents and multi-agent systems
  • Social simulations
  • Social networks
  • Information agents on the internet
  • Service sciences
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Knowledge discovery and data mining
  • Machine learning
  • Internet technologies
  • Text mining and applications
  • Speech processing and synthesis
  • Business intelligence systems
  • Business games
  • Management systems
  • Intelligence systems for e-business
  • Genetic algorithms
  • Evolutionary computing
  • Knowledge acquisition
  • Communication assistance with knowledge
  • Natural language processing
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 28 November, 2012
Notification to authors: 31 January, 2013
Final versions due: 31 March, 2013

23 June 2012

Call for papers: Energy and Propulsion Systems for Electrified Powertrains

special issue of International Journal of Powertrains

Advanced energy storage systems, electric motors, power electronics and associated control and diagnostic technologies are integral parts of vehicle electrification. Despite the advancements in recent years in vehicle level design and integration, major technological and economical hurdles still need to be overcome at component and key technological areas, in order to promote sustainable growth and market penetration for electrified vehicles, including EV, HEV, PHEV and FCEV applications.

The primary objective of this special issue is to compile state of the art research and development efforts in design, optimisation, controls, functional safety, diagnostics and prognostics technologies of advanced power and propulsion subsystems for electrified powertrains, with focus on electric machines and drive systems, power electronics, advanced energy storage systems and battery management systems (BMS).

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:

 Advanced energy storage systems
  •  Design, integration and future market perspectives of high voltage batteries
  •  Active battery cooling and thermal management systems
  •  Hybrid energy storage systems (Li-Ion batteries, NiMH batteries, super capacitors, etc.)
  •  Modelling and simulation of multi-cell batteries and battery packs
  •  Advances in testing methodologies of high voltage batteries
  •  Low voltage advanced batteries for micro hybrid vehicles
 Battery management systems
  •  Advanced battery management systems (functions, requirements, topology and design)
  •  Battery SOC , SOH and SOP and battery usage monitoring
  •  Cell monitoring/cell balancing and battery charging management
  •  Fault management, diagnostics and prognostics of battery and high voltage system
  •  Functional safety of battery management systems
 Electric machine and drive systems
  •  High power density electrical machines for propulsion applications
  •  Novel magnetic materials to reduce the usage of rare earth materials
  •  Advanced motor control technologies
  •  Control and diagnostics of motor and power electronics
  •  Electric motor and power electronics thermal analysis and cooling design
 Electrified propulsion system design and integration
  •  Onboard diagnostics, prognostic and fail-safe strategies and system safety mechanisms
  •  Advances in electrified powertrain architecture and control methodologies
  •  Power grid and renewable energy resource interfacing
  •  Advanced charging systems and infrastructure
  •  Electric power management and load control
  •  Functional safety of electrified powertrains
Important Dates
Manuscript submission deadline: 31 March, 2013
Reviewers' reports and decisions: 31 May, 2013
Revised manuscript submission: 31 July, 2013

Call for papers: Competitiveness Policies from the Emerging Blocks: a Checkpoint on the Reality of Development through Policy

A special issue of International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies

This special issue will bring together the thoughts and analyses of scholars from a range of disciplines and of differing political convictions to address the question of the current standing of academic research in the field of competitiveness policy, with the aim of taking competitiveness to the global and national level through development. It will formulate theoretical concepts with practical relevance and help in understanding the designing of different strategies to cope with policies among various macro and micro agents of inference. Practitioners from across the globe are welcome to submit their papers.

Productivity as a measure of competitiveness has become the key measure for firms and policymakers in the last decades, after the success of some astute attempts to build competitiveness as the key indicator of sustainable economic growth, while considering its direct impact on wages and standards of living. The prosperity of a nation is determined by its regional competitiveness, which is dependent on the nation’s productivity of goods and services.

The competitiveness of the nation can be assessed through Porter’s Diamond Model, which focuses on four basic pillars, namely factor conditions, demand factors, strategy context and institutional support. The competitiveness of the region is rooted in macroeconomic policies, which are focused on promoting innovation and improving productivity at the micro level. This special issue aims to test models of emerging economies/transition economies, to better understand how policy has been crucial to the deployment of a systemic approach towards competitiveness, beyond financial indicators.

The aim of this issue is to enhance the debate on competitiveness and to enhance the practice of understanding competitiveness of cities, provinces, nations and regions in the emerging block and how policies have a direct impact on enhancing or not enhancing prosperity of the region.

We invite original work from scholars and practitioners on but not limited to the following themes:
  • Case studies focused on improving the competitiveness of the firms and nations through the implementation of adequate policy
  • Firms' competitiveness strategies, and regulation or de-regulation of markets
  • New models to measure competitiveness of regions or firms with special emphasis on long-term sustainable growth, alternatively to GDP
  • Policy implications of the state or central governments to improve productivity, prosperity and competitiveness of firms and of the region
  • Clusters: formation, initiatives, performance and contribution in regional economic growth and government initiatives for the development of clusters through policy
  • Impact of the FDI and fiscal and monetary policy in the role of performance of firms, industrial clusters and nations and how new business models are contributing to the forming of new competitive strategies
  • Public and private partnerships, emphasised by special cooperative programmes, fiscal advantages and programmes
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Macroeconomics policies
  • Microeconomics
  • The determinants of competitiveness at the macroeconomic as well as microeconomic level
  • Business strategy and its relationship to competitiveness
  • Political economy and policy making
  • Economics and strategy and relationship between prosperity and de-growth
  • Economic governance, regulation and deregulation of markets
Important Date
Deadline for receipt of manuscripts: 28 February, 2013

Call for papers: Destination Branding in Emerging Markets

A special issue of  International Journal of Leisure and Tourism Marketing

Emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, India and China along with other nations are witnessing a rise in the number of tourism destination brands which present great potential. Apart from the regular tourists visiting a destination, some of the varied niches such as medical tourism, adventure tourism, genealogy tourism, religious tourism, battlefield tourism, wine tourism, rural and NGO tourism are attracting new segments to these emerging markets.

In spite of the huge potential, these emerging nascent brands live in a delicate world that can easily be shattered and brand dreams decimated. The ever-increasing omnipresent carbon footprint question or reporting of negative customer experiences in the media are just two of the many factors that contribute to this vulnerability.

We welcome case studies and research papers that would help brands to learn how to tackle these issues and the questions posed in the following section. Topics are not limited to these questions and any relevant area of tourism marketing and branding is welcome. Innovative tourism experiences, tourism-related storytelling through social media and marketing strategies involving the use of stories narratives are welcome topics.

We are looking for two types of papers: academic papers with strong academic support, and applied papers with empirical support. The objective of the issue is to provide all participants with an opportunity to explore a topic of their interest and communicate with other participants involved in that specific topic.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • How do digital and social media affect the growth of such brands in emerging markets?
  • How effectively can the 7 Ps of marketing be applied?
  • Are the characteristics of consumers in these segments and niches different from those of generic tourism consumers?
  • How are these segments identified?
  • What are the priorities for customers in these segments?
  • What can we learn from established and mature markets?
  • What should be the identity of these nascent brands and how should the brands be positioned?
Important Dates
Submission deadline: 31 October, 2012
Notification of decision: 31 December, 2012

Call for Papers: Social Networking Sites for Formal Learning

special issue of  International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments

In recent years, social networking sites such as Facebook, Google +, Twitter, weblogs and wikis have been popularly used by young people and adults to share information and interact with each other. These platforms were not initially designed for educational purposes. Like any new technology, however, they have great potential for teaching and learning.

The objectives of this special issue are twofold. They are firstly to share pedagogical, social and technical affordances of social networking sites for formal learning in the secondary school or tertiary education context, and secondly to address implementation issues, concerns or challenges that teachers or students may have when they are using social networking sites in real practice. The discussion in this special issue will have implications for the effective use of social networking sites in education.

The issue welcomes conceptual papers on technological affordances and challenges of social networking sites for teaching and learning, and empirical research papers and case studies about using social media to support teaching and learning in various contexts.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Social networking sites (e.g. weblog, wiki, Facebook, Twitter) for learning
  • Pedagogical, social and technical affordances of social media for teaching and learning
  • Web 2.0 tools for teaching and learning
  • Issues and concerns with using social media for learning
  • Web-based collaborative and interactive learning
  • Using social media to support collaborative learning
  • Formal learning with social technologies
  • Interactive and social learning
  • Course design and development based on social media
Important Dates
Full paper submission: 30 September, 2012
Notification of acceptance: 15 November, 2012
Final submission: 31 December, 2012

Special issue: CFD in the oil & gas, metallurgical and process industries

Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, An International Journal 12(2/3) 2012

Papers from the 8th International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics in the Oil & Gas, Metallurgical and Process Industries, held in Trondheim, Norway 21-23 June 2011.
  • Application of a strong FSI coupling scheme for the numerical simulation of bileaflet mechanical heart valve dynamics: study of wall shear stress on the valve leaflets
  • Design strategy for a Chemical Looping Combustion system using process simulation and Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Large Eddy Simulation of particle-laden swirling flow with a presumed function method of moments
  • Dense suspensions - solid-liquid interactions at the particle scale
  • Euler-Lagrange modelling of melting and solidification with moving solid particles
  • Modelling of bubble behaviour in aluminium reduction cells
  • Numerical simulation of single elongated bubble propagation in inclined pipes
  • Models, algorithms and validation for opensource DEM and CFD-DEM
  • Advances in the Large-Eddy and Interface Simulation (LEIS) of interfacial multiphase flows in pipes
  • High-order numerical simulation of fluid-structure interaction in the human larynx
  • Comparison of permeability of model porous media between SPH and LB
  • A parcel based modelling concept for studying subsea gas release and the effect of gas dissolution
  • CFD simulation of bath dynamics in the HIsmelt smelt reduction vessel for iron production
  • 3D numerical study on the influence of particle porosity on heat and fluid flow
  • A multi-scale framework for CFD modelling of multi-phase complex systems based on the EMMS approach

Special issue: Deliberation in the participatory web: prospects and challenge

International Journal of Electronic Governance 5(1) 2012
  • Global civil society and deliberation in the digital age
  • Technology and the quality of public deliberation: a comparison between on and offline participation
  • Mobile democracy discourse in a Turkish experiment
  • Electronic democracy's deliberative potential: dissecting the Canadian polity and the challenges ahead
  • E-deliberation 2.0 for smart cities: a critical assessment of two 'idea generation' cases

Special issue: Selective overview of the development of entrepreneurship knowledge: a sampling of different research frontiers

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 16(3) 2012
  • Getting ready for oil and gas development in Canada's Northwest Territories: aboriginal entrepreneurship and economic development
  • Exploring organisational capacity in the Nova Scotia wine industry
  • Entrepreneurial attitudes of university students
  • Understanding the role of entrepreneurial quality and national culture on the economic development
  • Entrepreneurship, acquisitions and systems of innovation
Regular Paper
  • The self-employment experience of immigrants: evidence from the US General Social Survey, 1977-2004

First issue: International Journal of Forensic Engineering

With original contributions on the investigation of materials, products, structures or components that fail to perform, resulting in personal injury or loss of property, International Journal of Forensic Engineering has a scope wider than failure analysis alone, and includes all aspects of forensic engineering and related fields.

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

19 June 2012

Call for papers: Wireless Technologies to Support Vehicular Communications

A special issue of International Journal of Electronic Transport

Communication technologies and vehicular networks have been identified as key technologies for increasing traffic safety and transport efficiency with the aims of ensuring traffic safety, providing comfort for passengers and reducing transportation time.

The development of vehicular communication and networking technologies is expected to enable many potential applications, including automatic collision and congestion notification and prevention, emergency management, assistance for safe driving, location-based driver information services, high-speed tolling, vehicle tracking, automobile Internet access, and many others. To facilitate these applications, many different new types of communication and networking would be involved, including intra-vehicle, vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-roadside and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.

Wireless networks have attracted considerable interest in recent years as a convenient, flexible and low-cost support for vehicular communications in many contexts. However, the great majority of research on wireless technologies has been performed in order to maximise available bandwidth suitable for real-time applications.

Universal vehicular communication promises many improvements in terms of accident avoidance and mitigation, better utilisation of roads and resources such as time and fuel, and new opportunities for infotainment applications through advanced short-range communication between the cars involved.

Cooperative behaviour is very beneficial to improving existing applications such as automatic adaptation of speed to the vehicle in front (with each vehicle driven by a human driver) or automatic following of a leading vehicle to form a platoon of vehicles (with only the leader driven by human driver), and can provide a possible solution to achieve applications such as collision avoidance or automatic merging of vehicles on the highway.

This special issue intends to cover, among others, the various aspects of vehicular communication such as medium access control, routing, security, and accompanying standards along the ISO OSI reference model. Future automotive applications such as cooperative driving maneuvers utilising vehicular communication will be introduced and described in detail.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Data dissemination in vehicular networks
  • Vehicle-to-vehicle communications
  • In-vehicle sensor networks
  • Intelligent transportation systems
  • Mobile internetworking
  • Mobility modelling and management
  • Propagation models for vehicular networks
  • Quality of service in vehicular networks
  • Radio resource management
  • Security and privacy in vehicular networks
  • Vehicle movement and performance simulation
  • Vehicle-to-infrastructure communications
  • Vehicular ad hoc networks
  • Vehicular communication networks
  • Vehicular communications platforms and testbeds
  • Vehicular multimedia communications
  • Vehicular network protocols
  • Cloud computing applications
  • Internet of things
  • Improvement of traffic safety
  • Cooperative driving
  • Wireless mesh networks
Important Dates
Manuscript submission: 1 October, 2012
Notification of initial decision: 1 December, 2012
Submission of revised manuscript: 1 February, 2013
Notification of final acceptance: 1 April, 2013
Submission of final revised paper: 1 June, 2013

Special issue: Innovations in manufacturing and logistics systems for mass customisation

International Journal of Mass Customisation 4(3/4) 2012
  • Leading practices for design-to-cost of mass customisable products
  • Risk-related situational involvement and enduring involvement as indicators for configuration customer confusion
  • Designing modular manufacturing systems using mass customisation theories and methods
  • Cost efficient mass customisation with a web-based manufacturing execution system
  • Configuration of ad hoc multimodal logistic networks: approach and technological framework
  • A multi-criteria approach for sustainable mass customisation in the fashion supply chain
  • A case of cost estimation in an engineer-to-order company moving towards mass customisation
  • Aligning flexibility in the supply chain for coping with supply-side risks to ensure mass customisation

Special issue: Enabling technologies for sustainable vehicle electrification: control, optimisation and diagnostics

International Journal of Vehicle Design 58(2-4) 2012
  • A method for the prediction of future driving conditions and for the energy management optimisation of a hybrid electric vehicle
  • A spatially-reduced dynamic model for the thermal characterisation of Li-ion battery cells
  • Computational methods for the optimisation and design of electromechanical vehicle systems
  • Particle swarm optimisation for hybrid electric drive-train sizing
  • Optimal power management and powertrain components sizing of fuel cell/battery hybrid electric vehicles based on particle swarm optimisation
  • Integrated control of electromechanical braking and regenerative braking in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
  • Design of a reference control architecture for the energy management of electric vehicles
  • Virtual PHEV fleet study based on Monte Carlo simulation
  • Simultaneous design of the gear ratio and gearshift strategy for a parallel hybrid electric vehicle equipped with AMT
  • Optimal energy management strategy for hybrid electric tracked vehicles
  • Effect of controller coefficients and converter switching frequency on performance and efficiency of electric drives used in electrical vehicles
  • Development of electric machine duty cycles for parallel hybrid electric Beijing city bus based on Markov chain
  • Implementation of comfort constraints in dynamic programming for hybrid vehicle energy management
  • Study on controlling chaos of permanent magnet synchronous motor in electric vehicles
  • Modelling and control of a brake system for an extended range electric vehicle equipped with axle motors
  • Analysis of different control strategies for the simultaneous reduction of CO2 and NOx emissions of a diesel hybrid passenger car

18 June 2012

New Inderscience website

A new Inderscience website has been launched. The new design and more compact journal home  pages should make use easier.  Existing content has been reviewed, revised and restructured as required. A new feature is Research news, with summaries of some noteworthy papers of wide interest. Comments are welcome on the feedback form.

17 June 2012

Call for papers: The Value of Trust in Entrepreneurship

A special issue of International Journal of Business and Globalisation

Literature suggests that trust is critical for a wide variety of social relationships to develop and for economies to grow, since transaction costs are low in instances of mutual trust. For example, interpersonal trust enhances collaboration, mutual supportiveness and shared norms and values, and represents a ‘synthetic force within society’. Additionally, interpersonal trust allows high tolerance of uncertainty and risk-taking, which should be important for entrepreneurship.
At the same time, institutional trust has been found to have a significant impact on economic development and economic growth. Therefore, it is important to explore different aspects of trust in relation to entrepreneurship.

This special issue seeks to compile papers that can contribute to the development of an exciting new research agenda geared towards the assessment of trust in entrepreneurship.
 We welcome research papers that offer valuable new insights or present new approaches to any of the topics listed below. Papers that are either conceptually or empirically based, employ a range of methodological approaches and offer an international dimension with valuable cross country/cross-sectoral comparisons are also encouraged. Case studies in any of the topics below may also be submitted.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Relationships among different types of trust (interpersonal, institutional), trust dimensions and approaches to measuring trust in entrepreneurial contexts
  • Inter-organisational and intra-organisational trust (horizontal and vertical dimensions) and their effects on young firm operations and entrepreneurial activities
  • Trust issues in developed versus developing countries and their effects on entrepreneurship
  • The effects of trust on the level of entrepreneurship at micro and macro levels
  • The role of trust in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship development
  • Sources for trust for entrepreneurship
  • Ways to build trust in entrepreneurial outsourcing relationships and the importance of trust for international entrepreneurship
Important Dates
Deadline for expressions of interest (abstract and authors' full contact information): 30 October, 2012
Deadline for invited full papers: 30 January, 2013

Special issue: Behavioural aspects of corporate governance

International Journal of Behavioural Accounting and Finance 3(1/2) 2012
  • Compliance with the German Corporate Governance Code and firm performance: a ten-year experience
  • Corporate governance and stock market liquidity in India
  • Small shareholder control of listed companies' administrators during annual general meetings: an experimental study
  • Investigating the effect of the directors' board characteristics on financial performance through innovation activities
  • Is honesty the best policy? A game theory perspective of auditing
  • Risk management and disclosure in Malaysian corporations: managerial perceptions

Special issue: 12th International Conference on Harmonisation within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling for Regulatory Purposes

International Journal of Environment and Pollution 47(1-4) 2012
  • Dry deposition modelling in a Lagrangian dispersion model
  • Dispersion model input parameters from numerical weather prediction or synoptic observations
  • Comparison of two point-to-point protocols for transport and dispersion model evaluations
  • Evaluating emergency response models of radiological dispersion in complex terrain
  • Evaluations of urban atmospheric transport and dispersion models using data from the Joint Urban 2003 field experiment
  • Source apportionment of PM2.5 in urban areas using multiple linear regression as an inverse modelling technique
  • The challenge of improving urban air quality: effects of hybrid cars, introduction in Barcelona and Madrid (Spain)
  • Evaluation of new model tools for meeting the targets of the EU Air Quality Directive: a case study on the studded tyre use in Sweden
  • A Lagrangian particle model with chemical reactions: application in real atmosphere
  • Modelling of atmospheric flow and dispersion in the wake of a cylindrical obstacle
  • A GIS based air quality system for the Apulia region, southern Italy
  • PM source apportionment analysis in the Venetian area
  • Validation of a mesoscale meteorological simulation over Po Valley
  • Combined use of space-borne observations of NO2 and regional CTM model for air quality monitoring in Northern Italy
  • Source apportionment technique: inorganic aerosol transformation processes in the Milan area
  • Field experiments of flow and dispersion within a street canyon in outdoor urban scale model
  • Application of adjoint CMAQ chemical transport model in the Athens greater area: sensitivities study on ozone concentrations
  • A fast model for pollutant dispersion at the neighbourhood scale
  • Dispersion modelling of traffic particulate matter in city-scale area
  • Evaluation of AirGIS: a GIS-based air pollution and human exposure modelling system
  • An investigation of the urban heat island of Rome through a canyon-based subgrid scheme
  • An application of ventilation efficiency concepts to the analysis of building density effects on urban flow and pollutant concentration
  • On the wind flow patterns under neutral and unstable conditions in an urban area
  • Flow instabilities within an urban intersection
  • A metamodelling implementation of a two-way coupled mesoscale-microscale flow model for urban area simulations
  • Study of natural and traffic-producing turbulences analysing full-scale data from four street canyons
  • Air dispersion modelling for individual exposure studies
  • LAGFLUM, a stationary 3D Lagrangian stochastic numerical micromixing model for concentration fluctuations: validation in canopy turbulence, on the MUST wind tunnel experiment
  • Towards a model evaluation protocol for urban scale flow and dispersion models
  • Experimental study of turbulence and vertical temperature profile in the urban boundary layer
  • WORM: A new open road line source model for low wind speed conditions

Special issue: Computer supported collaborative learning: technological and pedagogical issues

International Journal of Innovation and Learning 12(1) 2012

Papers from the IASK 2010 Teaching and Learning International Conference, held in Seville, Spain, 29 November - 1 December 2010. 

  • Wiki-based collaborative learning in higher education: a pedagogical evaluation
  • Analysing knowledge building: usages, achievements and limits of forums at university
  • Peer support: enhancing the online learning experience
  • A wiki as a common framework for promoting autonomous learning among university students
  • Predicting likely student performance in a first year Science, Technology, Society course
  • R&D with PBL in engineering education at HAMK Valkeakoski Unit
  • Perceived instrumentality value and engagement in 3D training, animation and modelling for university lecturers
  • Special issue: Performance and efficiency management of service sector organisations

    International Journal of Business Performance Management 13(3/4) 2012
    • Sophisticating business performance management for banks: using data envelopment analysis on business process level
    • Assessing impact of the technological perspective of AIS quality on banking performance matrix
    • Using data envelopment analysis to measure ports efficiency
    • Compare bancassurance sales with an insurer's own team in Taiwan
    • Managing airline productivity using data envelopment analysis
    • Efficiency study of Indian public sector banks - an application of data envelopment analysis and cluster analysis
    • Efficiency for Indian public sector and private sector banks in India: assessment of impact of global financial crisis
    • An analysis of the technical efficiency of Indian public sector banks through DEA approach
    • The effects of mergers and acquisitions on business performance in Nigerian banking industry: an empirical analysis
    • Bank productivity measurement using Hicks-Moorsteen indices: evidence from Indian public sector banks
    • An investigative study of operational performance and service quality of Indian public sector banks
    • Seaport performance comparison using data envelopment analysis: the case of Iberian container terminals
    • Technical efficiency of Indian commercial banks: an empirical analysis
    • Shareholder vs. stakeholder governance index and performance: evidence from the Tunisian quoted banks

    Special issue: Advanced challenges and research directions in wireless sensor networks and communications

    International Journal of Internet Protocol Technology 6(4) 2011
    • Area coverage enhancement schemes in directional sensor networks
    • Exploring the green features of converged networks
    • The space-time trellis codes with improved performance for fading channels
    • Routing in WDM based wireless mesh networks with capacity estimation
    • The IMS-based mobile monitoring system for integrated networks
    • A RESTful architecture for integrating decomposable delayed services within the web of things

    15 June 2012

    Call for Papers: Sustainability of Innovation, Innovation of Sustainability

    special issue of World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development

    The demand for sustainability is omnipresent in various discourses across the globe. Political policies have to be made in a sustainable manner, ensuring long-term financial balance of national budgets; companies have to rethink their businesses in a sustainable manner, using less resources while providing secure employment; consumers are urged to buy “green” or “ethical” and shift their habits of mobility, eating, clothing and leisure time behaviour. Sustainability is thereby just as much a fashion fad, a newly dominant power discourse or a marketing tool as it is a real necessity on a finite planet.

    The favoured road to sustainability in all of its discourses is innovation. The vast majority of decision makers in politics and business adhere to the belief that by introducing novelty – new product development, technological breakthroughs, new institutional instruments, and also new social arrangements of how to consume or how to organise for a more sustainable democracy – the problem of non-sustainability of current circumstances can be solved.

    However, every increase in efficiency by the introduction of novelty induces a rebound effect — Jevons’ paradox. The direct rebound increases demand for the novel good, while the indirect rebound stems from increased possibilities in alternative consumption. Both effects directly lead to economic growth and largely destroy ecological gains through innovation. The triangle of innovation, sustainability and growth is paradoxical and its dissolution poses what Heinz von Foerster called an “undecidable question.”

    Twenty years after the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, this special issue on “Sustainability of Innovation, Innovation of Sustainability” tries to address – not answer – this undecidable question from three different perspectives.

    Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
    •  Sustainability and innovation: How do we make sense of their interrelatedness, imbalance and connection on a conceptual level?
    •  Multi-dimensional and multi-level approaches to sustainability and innovation
    •  Sustainability, innovation and social differentiation
    •  Sustainability of innovation: How can innovation processes, social innovation arrangements and contexts and innovation output be made more sustainable?
    •  Sustainability as a demand in the innovation process
    •  Measuring sustainable innovation output
    •  Opening or closing innovation for more sustainability
    •  Cross-border innovations in terms of know-how fields and geopolitics
    •  Global innovation ethics
    •  What is a sustainable innovation?
    •  Innovation of sustainability: Using sustainability itself as an innovative and innovation-spurring concept.
    •  What constitutive factors of sustainability have the power to change our understanding of innovation?
    •  How do sustainable innovations differ from non-sustainable innovations?
    •  Sustainability and ethics: locked in translation?
    •  Can there be such a thing as a sustainable innovation?

    We invite full paper submissions dedicated to, but not exclusively limited to these perspectives with a focus either on theory, empirical research or real world application.

    Important Date
    Submission deadline: 22 December, 2012

    Call for Papers: Advances in Manufacturing Systems and Engineering Optimisation

    A special issue of International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management

    No one can deny the importance of manufacturing systems and engineering optimisation today. But problems occur in these areas every day, and to analyse new advances will be of great benefit to us in the future.

    This special issue provides a forum to explore how to solve the problems and issues in manufacturing systems and engineering optimisation. It brings together interested faculties, professionals, policy makers, information technology students and others.

    The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 3rd International Conference on Management Science and Artificial Intelligence (MSAI 2012), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit papers for this call.

    Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
    • Manufacturing process simulation
    • Security issues of information systems
    • Knowledge networks
    • Intelligent agents
    • Hybrid and integrated intelligent systems
    • Web services, semantic web and their related business strategies
    • CIMS and manufacturing systems
    • Signal and image processing
    • Green manufacturing
    Important Dates
    Paper submission due: 7 September, 2012
    Acceptance notification due: 7 November, 2012
    Final version due: 7 January, 2013

    Call for Papers: Artificial Intelligence for Manufacturing and Engineering

    A special issue of International Journal of Service and Computing Oriented Manufacturing

    Artificial intelligence has revolutionised information technology. The new economy of information technology has shaped the way we are living. This special issue aims to cover the different aspects of manufacturing using artificial intelligence technology, including machine learning, data mining, computer vision, multi-agent systems, evolutionary computation and fuzzy logic.

    The topics span a wider range of artificial intelligence (AI) disciplines, from knowledge representation to knowledge support systems. They identify a fertile area not only for applying AI to contemporary issues of design and manufacturing systems but also for enriching the methodology for developing AI systems in manufacturing enterprises. Indeed, we believe that numerous successful applications in the industrial sectors highlight a future direction for productive AI applications in industry.

    Review papers as well as full research papers are welcome.

    Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
    • Neural network algorithms for design and manufacturing
    • Computer vision for design and manufacturing
    • Evolutionary algorithms for design and manufacturing
    • Swarm-based algorithms for design and manufacturing
    • Pattern recognition for manufacturing
    • Image processing and analysis for manufacturing
    • Natural language processing-aided manufacturing
    • Ant colony optimisation algorithms for design and manufacturing
    • Multi-agent systems for design and manufacturing
    • Machine learning for design and manufacturing
    • Applications of AI in mechanical engineering
    • Applications of AI in industrial engineering
    • Applications of AI in product platforms
    Important Dates
    Submission of manuscripts: 25 October, 2012
    Notification to authors: 25 December, 2012
    Final versions due: 25 February, 2013

    Call for Papers: Challenges and Advances in Management and Production Engineering

    A special issue of International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management

    Presently, we live a time in which there is a vast amount of uncertainty and ambiguity about the direction in which organisations are moving. While many advances have been made in understanding the complexity of manufacturing/production engineering, the social and organisational context remains problematical. Interdisciplinary perspectives to further our knowledge and understanding of the development of manufacturing/production engineering and related change processes and work practices are needed. They will contribute to a better integration and interrelationship among organisations, management and employees’ needs in order to increase efficiency, productivity and profitability.

     This special issue invites the submission of high quality research articles related to management, human resource management and production/manufacturing engineering in competitive and strategic organisations.

    Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following aspects:
    • Human resource management
    • Culture and organisational behaviour
    • Communication, participation and involvement
    • Work changes
    • Matching human and technological needs
    • The impact of production/manufacturing technology on organisational structures
    • Production engineering/management
    • Financial engineering/management
    • Strategic management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Interdisciplinary management
    • Decision analysis
    • Sustainable management
    • Operations strategy and planning
    • Statistical methods
    Important Date
    Deadline for submission: 31 December 2013

    Call for Papers: Marketing and Management of Niche Sports

    A special issue of International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing

    Niche sports are those that are not mainstream and do not appeal to a mass audience (Miloch & Lambrecht, 2006). These sports can be found at the professional, collegiate and amateur levels and may vary based on region or country. However, these sports consistently lack the mass appeal found within their mainstream sport counterparts in a specific geographic area. For example, soccer is a niche spectator sport within North America but the most popular spectator sport in other parts of the world.

     Many of these types of sport properties have recently experienced severe difficulties due to a number of internal and external factors. The Association of Volleyball Professionals for example has filed for bankruptcy twice since 1998 (Holmes, 2012) and Women’s Professional Soccer, the successor of Women’s United Soccer Association who suspended operations in 2003, ceased operations in 2012 (Dure, 2012). At the intercollegiate level, niche sports or non-revenue generating sports continually face challenges related to equitable resource allocation, decreasing participation opportunities, and threats of elimination.

     Recent research has indicated that niche sports cannot borrow directly from the sport management literature focused on mainstream sport. Distinct differences have been found between mainstream and niche sports with respect to sponsorship, fan related attributes, spectator expectations, and participant motives. Yet, there is a dearth of information specifically related to niche sport leading us to question how else are niche sports different from mainstream sport and/or what unique characteristics to these sports provide?

     This special issue seeks to invite manuscripts investigating the management and marketing of niche sports, exploring the future of niche sports, and/or identifying niche sports’ economic, managerial, ethical, legal, socio-cultural, and political impacts. Qualitative, quantitative, and conceptual papers are all encouraged.

    Submissions are welcome on a broad range of topics related to niche sports. Appropriate perspectives for this special issue may include (but are not limited to):
    • Economic impact
    • Sociological perspectives
    • Legal and regulatory issues
    • Consumer/spectator behaviour
    • Participant behaviour
    • Policy implications
    • Sponsorship issues
    • Challenges to growth and development
    • Unique attributes
    • Media consumption
    • Strategy
    • Organisational behaviour
    • Marketing
    • Development/fundraising issues
    Important Dates
    Deadline for submission: January 1, 2013

    Call for Papers: Green Communication and Computing

    A special issue of International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications

    Energy consumption is a major factor in the performance and deployment of modern computational and communication systems. It is increasingly necessary to preserve scarce resources and have such systems perform with the utmost energy efficiency. It has been estimated that the global ICT energy consumption amounts to 7% of the entire electricity production while the energy requirements of data centres and network equipment are foreseen to grow with a yearly rate of 12%. Furthermore, with the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth, connection quality, and end-to-end interactivity, computer networks and mobile devices are requiring more and more sophisticated and power-hungry technologies.

     In order to achieve as minimal energy consumption as possible while maintaining extreme adaptability to environmental challenges and resources, it is necessary to develop highly autonomous systems with the capability to adapt dynamically to energy availability and usage. Emergent behaviour, such as self-organisation, is also a concern in seeking to model and reason about the control structures of such systems in energy use. Self-organisation means that structures appear within the system without the use of explicit programming or environmental constraints.

     The foremost example of such phenomena is the emergence of power law connectivity in web graphs, which is widely seen to emerge in many such systems. It is just such pattern/signature identification at the local level that can be beneficial in establishing energy levels and controlling energy usage, up to zero net consumption, at the global level.

     Thus, green communication and computing research is concerned with the best practice support, for optimum energy consumption, in all manner of highly distributed computing systems. This entails the addressing of three very important issues: firstly, scalable methods of monitoring and feedback in systems to ascertain energy levels and control usage patterns; secondly, specification of cognitive systems to reason efficiently on the high volumes of data; finally, a characterisation to detect both newly emergent forms and previously observed instances of self-organization with relevance to energy use.

     This special issue solicits papers on all aspects of enabling technologies for green communication and computing for scalable networks. It will focus on contributions covering the full range of technologies from devices to systems and networks. Examples would be research on new interconnection networks that address the energy efficiency challenges and transform architectures towards energy-aware solutions at the network level, or analysis indicating reduction in energy consumption without significant loss in network scalability and performance.

    Suitable topics include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Novel architectures addressing energy reduction in communication and computing networks
    • Protocols and protocol extensions to enable energy efficient networks
    • New protocols for green wireless and wired networks
    • Network load balance and smart information storage in distributed networks
    • Methods for energy measurements and energy models
    • Hierarchical and distributed techniques for energy management
    • Harvesting distributed energy generation
    • Smart Grid
    • Information theory on energy efficiency
    • Energy evaluation and comparison of different network technologies
    • Novel network concepts and architectures lowering the overall footprint of ICT (e.g., compressed sensing for network monitoring)
    • Realistic estimation of the worldwide footprint of communications and future evolution
    • Green components for network energy savings
    • Energy efficiency in wired and wireless access networks
    • Energy efficiency in home and enterprise networking
    • Energy efficiency of data centres and intelligent cloud computing
    We also plan to include into the proposed Special Issue the extended versions of some of the best reports on modern sensing technology and applications presented at the 2nd International Conference of Sensing Technology, which was held on November 2007, Palmerston North, New Zealand.

    Important Dates
    Manuscript submission due: 1 September 2012
    Review results notification due: 1 November 2012
    Revised versions due: 1 December 2012
    Final notification: 15 December 2012

    In-Vehicle Infotainment Summit 2012: media partnership

    Inderscience will be a media partner for the In-Vehicle Infotainment Summit 2012 to be held in London, UK on 26-27 September 2012.

    Media partnerships

    The Fuel Efficient Summit previously announced for  July 2012 will now take place on 27-28 August 2012. The 6th Annual Innovations In Automotive Seating Conference takes place on the same dates. Inderscience is a media partner for both.

    13 June 2012

    Special issue: Emerging procurement research and practices in turbulent times

    International Journal of Procurement Management 5(4) 2012

    Papers from the 4th International Supply Chain Management: Symposium and Workshop held in Madrid, Spain, 22–24 September 2010.
    • Strategic procurement through build to order system: an analysis of Japanese auto-manufacturers
    • Alignment between green supply chain management strategy and business strategy
    • Emerging issues of procurement management: a review and prospect
    • Global expansion and supply chain integration: case study of Korean firms
    • Effective organisational control for sourcing risk: from the perspective of small companies in China
    • Developing a global logistic hub: a teaching case in multiparty collaboration and negotiation
    • A service-dominant logic analysis of fair trade procurement management

    Special issue: Labour in the global economy

    International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy 6(1/2) 2012
    • Global labour, global business, global crisis
    • Outsourcing, financialisation and the crisis
    • International migration and the reproduction of multiple inequalities
    • Making up exploitation: direct selling, cosmetics and forms of precarious labour in modern Brazil
    • Working poor, labour market and social protection in the EU: a comparative perspective
    • Needs as the determinant of absolute poverty: estimating the cost of nutrition, clothing and footwear, and transportation in Greece
    • Workers' taxes, social benefits and the fiscal crisis in Southern Europe

    Special issue: Research trends in global logistics

    International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation 4(1/2) 2012
    • Resource optimisation through artificial neural network for handling supply chain constraints
    • Study on quality attributes of halal food supply chain
    • Decision support framework for risk assessment of sustainable supply chain
    • Investigation of customer satisfaction in pump manufacturing industries through customer feedback approach
    • Minimisation of the total operating cost by using supply chain optimisation model (COSCOM)
    • Open innovation in the IT strategic business models of standards and patents
    • Supply chain risk and security management: an interpretive structural modelling approach

    Special issue: Computational intelligence and its applications in engineering

    International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation 4(2) 2012
    • Neuro-fuzzy-based torque ripple reduction and performance improvement of VSI fed induction motor drive
    • Integrated control of semi-active suspension and electric power steering based on multi-agent system
    • HABITS: a Bayesian filter approach to indoor tracking and location
    • A comparative study of cuckoo search and bat algorithm for Bloom filter optimisation in spam filtering
    • Optimal sequencing of design projects' activities using discrete particle swarm optimisation
    • A monitoring and control framework for lost foam casting manufacturing processes using genetic programming
    • Investigations on the synthesis of uniform linear antenna array using biogeography-based optimisation techniques

    3 June 2012

    Call for Papers: Intelligent Information and Product Technologies for Supply Chain Integration

    A special issue of International Journal of Integrated Supply Management 

    During the last decade, new information and product technologies for supply chain integration have been developed. Details of managerial and technical implementation across the works on these technologies differ, but most of them share attributes of intelligence. Examples include data mining, cloud computing, physical internet, pattern recognition, knowledge discovery, early warning systems, product intelligence, to name but a few.

     As supply chain integration depends on the information and product technology, in the coming years these new tools will change the landscape of managerial concepts and decision-support systems for SCM. Associating (and even embedding) information technology and product intelligence into supply network planning and organisational structures has been discussed for over ten years now. What are benefits and obstacles in allowing orders, deliveries and products to be able to plan and control their own progress through a supply chain?

     It can be observed that current concepts and systems for supply chain integration do not provide adequate decision support from intelligent information and product technologies; we regard this shortcoming as an opportunity for research and development which could significantly improve the practice of supply chain management.

     Although technological frameworks have been extensively presented in literature so far, the systematic representation of interaction between information, product and organisational structures is quite limited. Therefore, through this special issue, the guest editors hope to move supply chain integration research forward by placing emphasis on more realistic studies that cover multiple supply chain processes and which address the organisational, product and informational aspects.

     Both conceptual and empirical research papers are welcome. However, the conceptual papers should, at a minimum, provide some exploratory analysis or case example(s) for intelligent sup-ply chain integration. In general, more emphasis will be given to the papers describing results at the interface of information and product, product and organisation, and information and organisation intelligence.

     The issue seeks to present the notions of joint usage of information, product and organisation intelligence and examine the rationales for these models and the practicality of their implementation.

    Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:
    • Data mining and supply chain integration
    • Cloud computing and supply chain integration
    • Knowledge discovery and ontology in supply chain integration
    • Pattern recognition and supply chain integration
    • Product intelligence in supply chain integration
    • Supply chain integration in cyber-physical networks
    Important Dates
    Submission of full papers: 15 December, 2012
    Notification about review results: 15 January, 2013
    Submission of revised papers: 15 March, 2013
    Notification of acceptance: 15 May, 2013

    1 June 2012

    Special issue: Island entrepreneurship in Oceania

    International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 16(2) 2012
    • Introductory paper: The Friendly Islands: and some not so friendly spots
    • Exploring entrepreneurship policy in a Pacific context: the case of Tonga
    • Barriers to micro, small and medium enterprise growth in the Fiji Islands: an empirical estimation using OLS regression model
    • The Nexus between human resource management practices and employment law in the Fiji Islands: a study of the employment relations promulgation
    • s there any difference between 'hourly wage rate' vs. 'piece wage rate'
    • Contribution of Yazaki (Samoa) Ltd. to Samoan economy
    • Culture and entrepreneurial efficacy: using GEM data to explore opportunity and capability in relation to firm longevity
    • Impact of capital structure on micro firm productivity: empirical evidence from Swedish firm-level data

    Special issue: Understanding the careers of skilled migrants in the Middle East

    International Journal of Business and Globalisation 8(4) 2012
    • Skilled migrants in the Middle East: definitions, mobility and integration
    • Self-initiated expatriate faculty in the UAE: balancing the profession and financial rewards
    • Migration of highly qualified German citizens with Turkish background from Germany to Turkey: socio-political factors and individual motives
    • Migrant women workers in Cyprus: a literature review
    • Political economy of internal/external migration and skilled labour mobility within the Israeli labour market
    • State, economy and Palestinian migrants in Jordan

    Special issue: Information reuse and integration in complex domains

    International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences  4(2/3) 2012

    Papers from the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration (IRI 2009) held in Las Vegas, USA, 10 – 12 August 2009.
    • Randomisation in designing software tests for systems of systems
    • Effects of model reuse support in qualitative simulation
    • Semantic data integration and monitoring in the railway domain
    • A schema matching system for on-the-fly autonomous data integration
    • A delineated R-tree indexing method for managing moving objects
    • Association rule mining with a correlation-based interestingness measure for video semantic concept detection
    • Exploring filter-based feature selection techniques for software quality classification
    • An extensible object-oriented and agent-based framework for modelling and simulating supply chains

    • Additional Paper
    • An integrated rational decision making and inventory management model for managing supply chain risks in EPC: a power sector case