28 February 2013

Inderscience journal to publish expanded papers from Int. Telecommunications Society Africa-Asia-Australasia Regional Conference

Expanded versions of papers presented at the International Telecommunications Society 6th Africa-Asia-Australasia Regional Conference (4-7 August 2013, Curtin University, Bentley, Australia) will be published by the International Journal of Management and Network Economics.

Call for papers: "Recent Advancements in Wireless Machine-to-Machine Communications"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Sensor Networks.

Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is a new communication paradigm that allows both wireless and wired systems to communicate with other devices. A wireless M2M is essentially composed of three key ingredients: 1) a wireless end device, 2) an infrastructure-based or infrastructure-less wireless carrier network, and 3) the back-end server network.
Wireless M2M systems bring exciting new opportunities as well as unparalleled challenges in both research and development. Some of the requirements of M2M communications include zero-outage, real-time response and high efficiency to support reliable, green, long-living and delay-constrained applications.
There are currently two orthogonal approaches contending for the M2M market: 1) cellular solutions which rely on wide coverage (GSM, UMTS, LTE, LTE-A, etc.), and 2) purely embedded short-range solutions relying on cheap deployments (low-power Wi-Fi, ultralow-power Bluetooth, ZigBee, etc.).
The main purpose of this special issue is to present recent advancements related to wireless M2M communications from industrial and academic researchers and practitioners. We are interested in analytical, experimental and systems-related papers.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Architectures of M2M communications
  • Applications and case studies of M2M communications
  • Data-centric approaches (M2M data fusion, aggregation, source coding, signal processing, etc.)
  • Protocol-centric approaches (novel PHY, MAC and networking paradigms, etc.)
  • Technology-centric approaches (cellular M2M technologies, capillary M2M technologies, etc.)
  • Inter-system and heterogeneous approaches (M2M coexistence with other technologies, etc.)
  • Key functionalities (security, synchronisation, virtualisation, etc.)
  • Lessons learned from M2M communications
Important Dates
Manuscripts due: 30 September, 2013
Acceptance/rejection notification: 28 February, 2014
Final manuscripts due: 30 April, 2014

First issue: International Journal of Applied Pattern Recognition (free sample issue available)

The International Journal of Applied Pattern Recognition presents original research on the theoretical, experimental and applied aspects of pattern analysis, extraction, classification and clustering. The journal focuses on areas such as feature selection, feature extraction, large data problems, online learning, classifiers and perception models. IJAPR acknowledges and encourages submissions reflecting the importance of large data analysis and online learning in industrial applications.

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

27 February 2013

Call for papers: "Work Innovation in Emerging Economies"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Work Innovation.

It is claimed that the only future and sustainable source of value creation, leadership and competitive advantage for organisations is the design and implementation of new forms of work structures based on networks, mobility, virtuality, and communities (Keen and Williams, 2012). In this perspective, new work models based on competence, trust, communication, collaboration and coordination are promoted (Martinez and Corrales, 2011).

In this context, the consideration of emerging economies is of particular interest. The mainstream literature in management presents emerging economies as offering an opportunity platform and value engine because their domestic markets are growing fast, creating opportunities for setting up extended value chains incorporating know-how. Also, human capital with high skills and technical capabilities is available, and its wages are highly competitive (Karandikar and Nidamarthi, 2006).

Companies need to develop and build presence in emerging economies to better understand markets and customers, to deliver value on competitive terms and to incorporate competent resources not available at a single location (Nicholas, Pick and Roztocki, 2010; Zhang, Gregory and Shi, 2008). New opportunities require 21st century organisations cooperating across national, economic and social boundaries to compete in the global economy (lewis, Pajwa, Pervan et al., 2007).

These claims are deeply oriented towards a liberal market economy, mainly inspired by occidental views on the conditions of economic growth; trying to impose this single perspective of development could be viewed as a form of postcolonialism.

In this special issue, we tend to (a) identify effective work innovation strategies, designs, processes, platforms and programmes that distinguish new forms of work that are demonstrably effective for emerging economies,and (b) produce a critique of such visions of work innovation in the specific context of emerging economies.In sum, we seek papers that are able to contribute answers to the performative question: “How does work innovation help emerging economies to build a more effective organisation that adds to the enterprise’s ability to exploit real innovation?”
Additional considerations that the editors view as positive additions to the formal requirements are:
  1. Original work by work innovation researchers which presents new approaches, theoretical grounding and methodology.
  2. Style and attractive presentation; the goal of the issue is for it to have influence in work innovation communities, amongst researchers, work innovation professionals, human capital executives and educators.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Forms of work innovation as diverse as organisational design, communication skills and international/global collaboration processes, networked organisations and communities of practice, global virtual teams and work innovation frameworks.
  • Criticism of work innovation in emerging economies, which must draw upon post-colonialism studies, Marxist studies, labour process theory, etc.
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 2 August, 2013
Notification to authors: 27 October, 2013
Final versions due: 31 December, 2013

Inderscience is media partner for SMi's 3rd Annual European Demand Response and Dynamic Pricing Conference

Inderscience is a media partner for SMi's 3rd Annual European Demand Response and Dynamic Pricing Conference (24-25 June 2013, London, UK).

The journals involved are:

Special issue: "Advances in Production Research"

International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering 13(3) 2013

Expanded versions of papers from the Fifth International Conference on Production Research ICPR – Americas 2010.
  • Option and capacity reservation contracts in a supply chain
  • Simulation model of the supply chain on a naval shipyard
  • Evaluation of the perspectives of balanced scorecard in m-commerce through the analytic network process
  • ERP selection: a literature review
  • Implementation of the statistical process control with autocorrelated data in an automotive manufacturer
  • Scheduling and buffer reduction algorithm for job shop production systems
  • A modelling framework of reverse logistics practices in the Colombian plastic sector

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Fuzzy Computation and Modelling

The International Journal of Fuzzy Computation and Modelling includes theoretical, experimental and applications of fuzzy mathematics and computation in general. The journal brings together the leading-edge research on fuzzy set theory, fuzzy logic, soft computing and related topics to present original research of high quality. This perspective acknowledges the complexity of fuzzy computation as an interface between fuzzy mathematics and applications operating in parallel over different subject fields as well as the inherent characteristic of mathematical modelling.

Special issue: "ICT Adoption in Small Businesses: Beyond The Rhetoric"

International Journal of Management Practice 6(1) 2013
  • A roadmap for microenterprise growth through Information Technology
  • At the heart or on the periphery: the role of Information Communications Technology (ICT) in small firms
  • Exploring small firm IS adoption behaviour: from buddy to technology?
  • Issues of ICT adoption amongst SMEs in Nigeria
  • Challenges of adopting ICT solutions in a Nigerian healthcare SME
  • Explaining contextual factors affecting e-commerce adoption progression in selected SMEs: evidence from Botswana

Special issue: "Multi-Facet Macroeconomic Challenges for Contemporary Emerging Economies"

International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies 5(4) 2012

Expanded versions of papers from the 2012 SIBR-Thammasat Conference on Interdisciplinary Business and Economic Research.
  • Management practice, firm size and performance of individual family firm: evidence from Indonesian's batik industry
  • Product costing practices: evidence from SMEs throughout Jogyakarta Province, Indonesia
  • Do futures benefit Indian coffee producers?
  • The need for new paradigm of sustainability reporting in higher education
  • Money growth and inflation: evidence from post-inflation Bolivia
  • The role of food price inflation in Lesotho

26 February 2013

First issue: International Journal of Auditing Technology (free sample issue available)

The International Journal of Auditing Technology provides a unique international forum focusing exclusively on the rapidly evolving area of auditing technology. The journal welcomes well-written and academically rigorous manuscripts, including theoretical and empirical papers examining a wide range of technology-based processes, analyses and applications relevant to the auditing profession.

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

Special issue: "Research Insights from Emerging Markets"

Includes expanded versions of papers from the 2012 Academy of Global Business Advancement (AGBA) Conference.
  • Drivers of customer satisfaction: perspectives from the food retail sector of an Arab nation
  • A cybernetics perspective of cross-cultural issues and entrepreneurship research
  • An exploratory approach to develop a new scale to measure the construct of shopping involvement
  • Opportunity characteristics enabling commercialisation in high-tech environment: a study of Indian telecom start-ups
  • Role of service quality and customer satisfaction in predicting customer loyalty
  • The road to Rio and the UAE sustainability question: an initial assessment of the Green Sheikh's message

25 February 2013

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from the Seventh Global Conference on Power Control and Optimization (PCO 2013)

Expanded versions of papers presented at the Seventh Global Conference on Power Control and Optimization (PCO 2013) (25-27 August 2013, Prague, Czech Republic) will be published by the following journals:

Learning from accidents waiting to happen

Workplace accidents must be treated like any other source of knowledge if companies and their employees are to learn from such incidents and prevent future accidents from occurring. That is the take home message from research to be published in the International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics in March.

Hernâni Veloso Neto of the Institute of Sociology at the University of Porto, Portugal, explains that industrial and workplace accidents rarely have a positive effect within an organisation, but they do represent a potential opportunity to learn about risks and so effect behavioural and procedural changes to preclude similar events from taking place again. Neto has undertaken a review of the specialist research literature in this field as well as focusing on a case study in the metal-working industry. From the information thus obtained he has highlighted three obstacles that stand in the way of treating workplace accidents as a source of useable knowledge.

First, there are fundamental structural barriers, which are related to the organisational system in which news and data concerning an accident are not disseminated beyond those immediately affected by the incident. There are inter-individual barriers between line managers and staff for instance. Thirdly there are barriers that arise because of the behaviour and response to the accident of those directly involved or affected, so-called intra-individual barriers.

“To learn from accident experiences, organisations must create mechanisms to foster knowledge from the onset and to elicit changes based on that information,” Neto explains. He points out that if these “resources” are not fully exploited, then the barriers cannot be circumvented and accidents will be repeated. He concludes that the adoption of a knowledge system that would allow organisations to focus on internal and external case studies and encourage reporting of accidents, causes and outcomes across the whole organisation would improve understanding of workplace accidents and elicit changes more efficiently.

Workplace accidents as a source of knowledge: opportunities and obstacles” in Int. J. Human Factors and Ergonomics, 2013, 1, 376-389

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22 February 2013

First issue: International Journal of Service and Computing Oriented Manufacturing (free sample issue available)

Theory and technology advances in the fields of information systems and technology, internet, computer science, operational research, management science, IT services and advanced computing technologies will help manufacturing enterprises to make the changes required to realise the goal of TQCSEFK (fastest Time-to-market, highest Quality, lowest Cost, best Service, cleanest Environment, greatest Flexibility, and highest levels of Knowledge). International Journal of Service and Computing Oriented Manufacturing aims to establish a bridge between manufacturing and these fields so as to disseminate knowledge amongst those involved in these areas.

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

Call for papers: "Shaping Innovation Systems to Address the Challenges of the 21st Century"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Business Innovation and Research.

Firms do not innovate in isolation. In contrast, they belong to networks and systems within which they have multiple and complex interactions. The wide range of actors and institutions involved in business and innovation systems and the way these stakeholders interact, cooperate, compete or complement each other’s resource bases remain a critical area for researchers, business leaders and policy makers alike.

National, regional and sectoral technology innovation systems have received much attention in literature (e.g. Lundvall, 1992; Edquist, 1997; Freeman, 1987; Malerba, 2002). Nevertheless, the changing nature of the business environment, the advent of the knowledge society and the emergence of the open innovation paradigm raise new challenges for innovation systems.

This special issue will focus on the role of innovation systems, examining their features, structures, composition, rules, mechanisms and effects on innovation propensity and innovation performance. Innovation is here considered both as a process and as an outcome and its various forms and extents are considered (i.e. product, service, process, organisational, marketing, environmental).

More specifically, the issue aims at exploring firm-level practices for collaborative innovation, analysing framework conditions (policies, incentives, structures) for innovation, uncovering the role of regulation as a catalyst or hampering factor for innovation, investigating the role of institutions and unveiling the peculiarities of innovation systems and modes in service-dominated economies and in manufacturing-oriented nations, as well as covering and contrasting practices in emerging and developed economies.

We invite you to submit your papers and look forward to receiving your quality contributions. Papers can be purely theoretical or theory-driven, empirical work, either qualitative or quantitative. Submissions from academics, consultants, managers and policy makers exploring innovation are strongly encouraged.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • National, regional, inter-regional and sectoral innovation systems
  • Technology systems
  • Business ecosystems and business models
  • Designing and implementing innovation in service economies
  • Challenges of innovation in emerging economies
  • Framework conditions for innovation
  • Public and private partnerships for innovation
  • Cooperation with universities and research and technology organisations
  • Policies and incentives for innovation
  • Monetary and non-monetary incentives for innovation
  • Open and collaborative innovation
  • Role of regulation in the innovation process
  • Financing innovation: variety of sources
  • Performance of innovation systems (at all units of analysis)
  • Role of intellectual property and informal protection mechanisms
  • Innovation intermediaries and brokers
Important Dates
Paper submission: 1 May, 2013
Reviewers' comments: 1 August, 2013
Revised paper submission: 1 October, 2013

21 February 2013

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Smart Grid and Green Communications

Smart grid and green communications (SGGC) focus on promoting new ideas that support the development of computing and communication systems. Smart grids are expected to meet the challenges of demand and supply of power, energy management and secure communications. SGGC bring data communications and utility systems together to establish effective energy delivery networks with a focus on enabling new products, services and technologies. The International Journal of Smart Grid and Green Communications highlights cutting-edge research and development of new strategies, techniques and technologies for developing smart grid systems.

Special issue: "Advances in Intelligent Biology and Medicine"

International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design 6(1/2) 2013

Includes expanded versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Intelligent Biology and Medicine 2012 (ICIBM 2012).
  • A new iterative method to reduce workload in systematic review process
  • An iterative searching and ranking algorithm for prioritising pharmacogenomics genes
  • Multi-view spectral clustering and its chemical application
  • Identify condition-specific gene co-expression networks
  • Gene co-expression analysis predicts genetic aberration loci associated with colon cancer metastasis
  • Gene interaction networks based on kernel correlation metrics
  • PolyLens: software for map-based visualisation and analysis of genome-scale polymorphism data
  • Similarity between segments in protein conformational epitopes and MHC II peptides
  • Querying highly similar sequences
  • Sub-similarity matching based on data mining with dihedral angles
Additional Papers
  • Analysing molecular polar surface descriptors to predict blood-brain barrier permeation
  • Genomic law guided gene prediction in fungi and metazoans

Call for papers: "Integration and Control of Automotive Aftertreatment Systems"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Powertrains.

The increasingly stringent vehicle fuel economy and emissions requirements continuously impose new challenges on exhaust aftertreatment systems for ground vehicles ranging from gasoline engines, diesel engines and hybrids to other emerging powertrains.
While there have been unremitting efforts in new catalyst technology development, systematic methodologies on modelling, control and diagnosis of aftertreatment systems as well as their seamless integration with engines and drivetrains are indispensable for and have proven to be effective in system optimisation for tailpipe emission reductions and fuel economy improvements in real-world vehicle applications.
This special issue aims to cover state-of-the-art research and development in the integration and control of aftertreatment systems for powertrains in light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Modelling of catalyst and aftertreatment systems
  • CFD investigation of exhaust flow/mixing with aftertreatment systems
  • Characterisation and integration of aftertreatment systems with engines
  • Control and diagnosis of engine aftertreatment systems
  • Aftertreatment systems for hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric powertrains
  • Integrated engine and aftertreatment system control
  • Aftertreatment systems for low-temperature exhausts
  • Thermal management for powertrain and aftertreatment systems
  • Aftertreatment systems for natural gas-fueled powertrains
Important Dates
Manuscript submission: 30 November, 2013
Reviewers' reports and decisions: 28 February, 2014 (tentative)
Revised manuscript submission: 31 March, 2014 (tentative)

Special issue: "ICT in Logistics"

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management 6(1) 2013
  • Information technology role in supply chain's strategic agility
  • Automation of the supply chain performance measurement based on multi-agent system 
  • Practical aspects of using passive UHF RFID technology for vehicle tracking
  • Aligning physical and virtual logistical spheres with radio-frequency identification and agent-based modelling
  • RFID in the production line for work flow improvement

20 February 2013

Special issue: "Simulation Driven Product Development"

International Journal of Product Development 18(1) 2013
  • An integrated product design approach for development of a desktop organiser: CAD/CAE and design for environment as enablers of integration
  • Exploring the parametric design space to manage computational weld mechanics analyses using design of experiment
  • Simulation driven design of functional products: a tool for evaluation of hardware reliability and maintenance
  • State of the art in simulation-driven design
  • Simulation of the effect of geometrical variation on assembly and holding forces

Special issue: "Action Learning for Management Education"

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management 13(1) 2013
  • Utilising action learning for fostering developmental capacity: an application in the graduate school setting
  • Applying action learning to executive management training and development: integrating reflections, experience, content and action
  • The innovative Finnish team academy example: towards a new action learning-based business school model
  • Blending-in: the contribution of action learning to a masters programme in human resources in health
  • Expanding on a new model of action learning: finding ethical solutions to complex problems with a framework for insightful questioning

Special issue: "Emerging Trends in On-Chip Communications"

International Journal of Embedded Systems 5(1/2) 2013
  • A highly efficient behavioural model of router for network-on-chip with link aggregation
  • Sphere-based topology for networks-on-chip
  • Acyclic LBDRe: fault-tolerant routing algorithm for network on chip
  • Topologies and routing strategies in MPSoC
  • Low power clock gating techniques for synchronous buffer-based queue for 3D MPSoC
  • Automated transistor width optimisation algorithms for digital circuits
Additional Papers
  • Design of a medium voltage protection device using system simulation approaches: a case study
  • Applying partial fault tolerance with explicit area constraints
  • Maximising area-constrained partial fault tolerance in reconfigurable logic using selection criteria
  • Performance evaluation of platform-specific implementations of numerically complex control designs for nano-positioning applications
  • ARTK: a compact real-time kernel for Arduino

Special issue: "Recent Advances in Industrial Engineering and Systems Management"

International Journal of Services Operations and Informatics 7(4) 2012

Expanded versions of papers from the 4th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Systems Management (IESM 2011).
  • Effective local search approaches for the single-vehicle cyclic inventory routing problem
  • Optimisation of manufacturing cell formation with extended great deluge meta-heuristic approach
  • Real-time information management in supply chain modelling tools
  • Support of product design processes flexibility in PLM systems using a service-based approach
  • SysPEM: a SysML and SPEM based process modelling language for systems engineering

18 February 2013

Int. J. of Human Factors and Ergonomics to publish expanded papers from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Europe Chapter Conference

Expanded versions of papers presented at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Europe Chapter Conference (16-18 October 2013, Torino, Italy) will be published by the International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics.

Call for papers: "Food and Drinking Water Safety in China and Japan"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health.

Food and drinking water safety is a long-standing issue in China. In Japan, the radioactive contamination of food and drinking water has emerged as a public concern due to the nuclear accident of 2011.
This special issue aims at improved characterisation of the current situations in both countries. Putting China and Japan together is not for simple comparison, but serves as a testimony of how a country with an excellent reputation for its food and drinking water safety can suddenly become a source of health concern, and of how that concern is being addressed.
The issue targets professionals in the fields of water and agricultural management, and in public health as well.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Impact of water quality on food safety
  • Impact of agricultural practice on food safety and drinking water quality
  • Impact of the nuclear accident on food and drinking water safety
  • Impact of food culture on the environment
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 1 July, 2013 (extended)
Notification to authors: 10 August, 2013
Final versions due: 1 September, 2013

Paving the way for better sleep in Alzheimer’s

A new sleep pattern monitoring system has been developed by UK researchers to help spot sleep disturbance in people diagnosed with early dementia. The system, known as PAViS, could be used remotely by healthcare workers to view sleep profiles and analyse sleep patterns based on sensory data gathered at the patient’s home.

Writing in the International Journal of Computers in Healthcare, Huiru Zheng and colleagues at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown, County Antrim, Northern Ireland explain how sleep disturbance is one of the most distressing of symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease and might also be an early indicator of the onset of the disease in some cases. They point out that so-called “telecare” systems allow healthcare workers to monitor patient activity whether in normal or supported housing.

There are almost half a million people in the UK with Alzheimer’s disease and for many of those sleep disorders and disruptive nocturnal behaviour present a significant clinical problem for healthcare workers and are a cause of distress for caregivers. Sleep-related problems generally worsen as the disease progresses and are an indicator of cognitive impairment and lead to the patient being less alert than would be expected during waking hours as well as reducing their overall wellbeing.

Various systems have been developed in recent years to monitor sleeping patients. However, these would often tend to involve other people in the patient’s home as well as simply monitoring sleep patterns rather than long-term monitoring and analysis of sleep profiles for assessing sleep quality. PAViS, pattern analysis and visualisation system, circumvents the problems and allows healthcare workers to quickly see shifts in sleep pattern and detect unusual patterns in order to assess the changes in health condition of people with early dementia over the course of weeks and months. Data are collected from infrared movement detectors and sensors on bedroom and other doors in the patient’s home. This provides a non-invasive, pervasive and objective monitoring and assessment solution, the team says.

The team has worked with Paul Jeffers of the Fold Housing Association in Holywood on patient case studies to demonstrate proof of principle in monitoring a patient’s total amount of sleep time, sleep episodes and their rhythm of sleep. The PAViS component of their approach daily, weekly and monthly charts to allow sleep patterns, and more importantly changing patterns, to be spotted quickly and easily. The team found that it was relatively easy to distinguish between the sleep patterns of a non-Alzheimer’s patient with only one or two sleeping “episodes”, big movements, such as getting out of bed during the night reflecting many hours of undisturbed sleep. This compares with 35 episodes or more in Alzheimer’s patients and many fewer hours of total sleeping time.

“PAViS provides a tool to enable telecare service and carers to be able to have a better overview of the client’s behaviour so as to provide sufficient support when necessary,” the team says. “While current telecare service focuses on providing telemonitoring of clients’ daily activity, and tries to detect abnormal behaviour, it is also important to investigate the correlation of behaviour profile, such as sleep pattern profile, with the clients’ health condition,” the team adds. They conclude that, “The knowledge discovered or obtained from the long-term sleep profiles can also be used to support intervention in detecting and responding to abnormal sleep pattern.”

A pattern analysis and visualisation system for sleep monitoring in ambient assisted living environment” in Int. J. Computers in Healthcare, vol 1(4), 320-331

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15 February 2013

Call for papers: "Designing the Future: The Role of Clusters as Change Agents"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business.

All over the world, various types of industrial clusters exist and influence the way in which firms cooperate and compete. Clusters are often stressed as growth promoters and innovation facilitators fostering higher productivity and competiveness for the firms located within compared to those outside clusters.

Inspired by these circumstances as well as intensified political awareness, interest in clusters has grown considerably among researchers in areas of business studies, regional science and economic geography, as well as among policy makers who would like to endorse and benefit from the presence of one or more clusters in their administrative domains.

In the last decades a series of clusters have been studied using several theoretical perspectives; for example, a strategy and competitiveness perspective, an institutional perspective, a resource-based perspective and a knowledge and learning perspective. To increase our insight into clusters, further integrations of these and other perspectives are needed, as well as a shift of the research on clusters from a dominating result-oriented view to a process-oriented view focusing on how the results of clusters are achieved and by whom.

Until now most of the research has indeed focused on the benefits of clusters but not on the process leading to them. To address this lack of insight this special issue will deal with how clusters can become a change agent of, for example, national and regional specialisations, patterns of cooperation and competition, and growth. We will accept papers approaching this topic from both quantitative and qualitative views, and papers that offer managerial and cluster policy implications and which have an international perspective are especially favoured.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the at the TCI conference 2013 (3-6 September, 2013, Denmark), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • The conceptuality of clusters, innovation systems and smart specialisations
  • Clusters in decline or rejuvenation
  • Local clusters in a global or transnational context
  • The role of technologies in cluster formation and development
  • Clusters as entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Business models in clusters
  • Design as a collaborative platform in clusters
  • Types of innovations in clusters
  • Cluster management and governance
  • Cluster policies as a tool for national and regional restructuring
  • The virtually of clusters
  • Methodological approaches for mapping and evaluating clusters
Important Dates
Submission deadline: 1 October, 2013

Special issue: "GPUs and Accelerators for Scientific Applications"

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering 8(1) 2013

Includes expanded versions of papers from the International Workshop on GPUs and Scientific Applications 2011 (GPUScA 2011).
  • OpenMPC: extended OpenMP for efficient programming and tuning on GPUs
  • Fast and memory-efficient minimum spanning tree on the GPU
  • Comparing the performance of stochastic simulation on GPUs and OpenMP
  • ForOpenCL: transformations exploiting array syntax in Fortran for accelerator programming
  • Iterative statistical kernels on contemporary GPUs
Additional Paper
  • Numerical analysis of the electromagnetic field of a permanent magnet linear synchronous motor using wavelet finite element method

14 February 2013

Special issue: "International Engineering Operations: New Explorations of High Value Engineering and Service"

International Journal of Product Development 17(3/4) 2012
  • Interactions between R&D and production in globalisation
  • Production, innovation and service networks: complex interplay, evolution and coordination
  • Connecting engineering operations to strategic management: a framework for decision making in engineering offshoring
  • Defining product-service network configurations and location roles: a current and future state analysis framework for international engineering operations
  • Engineering roles in global maritime construction value networks
  • On service supply chain operations management: a service value perspective
  • Roadmapping an emerging energy technology: an ex-ante examination of dimethyl ether development in China

Call for papers: "Human/Animal Body Modelling in Biomechanics Research"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Vehicle Safety.

This special issue aims to present first-rate work on human body modelling, with a broad coverage of component or whole body model development, verification and validation, application and material characterisation. Research papers on animal body modelling and numerical robustness/accuracy analysis are also very welcome.

Impact injury biomechanics studies carried out with the aim of manufacturing safer cars for over half a century have with the growth of computational power endorsed computational modelling, especially in the last two decades. Computer human models have been largely improved in terms of biofidelity and robustness, and have been applied in areas beyond vehicle safety, such as in the space and medical device industries.

Despite the traditional focus of IJVS on vehicle safety, this special issue welcomes research work on human or animal body modelling, with the aim of promoting the understanding of how biological tissues respond to mechanical stimuli from well-controlled laboratory conditions to complex crash or surgical scenarios.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Biomechanical modelling
  • Biological material characterisation
  • Numerical analysis
  • Combined computational and experimental work related to vehicle safety, sports safety, forensic investigation, blast mechanics and clinical biomechanics
  • Laboratory-controlled trauma and simulation
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 16 August, 2013
Notification to authors: 11 October, 2013
Final versions due: 6 December, 2013

Thematic issue: "Contextualising Upper Echelons Research: the Interactions of Top Management Teams and CEOs"

European Journal of International Management 7(1) 2013
  • Position-specific knowledge, new CEO learning and firm performance
  • CEO-TMT interaction: do tenure and age affect ambidexterity dynamism?
  • Top management team decision making: the role of functional and organisational identities on the outcomes of TMT diversity
Regularly Submitted Papers
  • Business and management in Russia: a review of the post-Soviet literature and future research directions
  • Challenges in international survey research: a review with illustrations and suggested solutions for best practice

New Editor for Int. Journal of Industrial Electronics and Drives

Professor Ehab H.E. Bayoumi has been appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Industrial Electronics and Drives. Professor Bayoumi is from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Abu Dhabi Men's College in the United Arab Emirates.

Special issue: "The International Civil Aircraft Industry: Turbulence Ahead"

International Journal of Technology and Globalisation 7(1/2) 2013
  • From 'aircraft manufacturer' to 'architect-integrator': Airbus's industrial organisation model 
  • Technology policy learning and innovation systems life cycle: the Canadian aircraft industry
  • Embraer and the growth of the Brazilian aircraft industry
  • Russian aircraft industry: between forging ahead and falling behind
  • China's catching up in aerospace
  • Evolution of the sectoral system of innovation of India's aeronautical industry
  • The lion with wings: innovation system dynamics in the aerospace industry of Singapore
  • Towards an aerospace system of production in Mexico?

Int. J. of Adaptive and Innovative Systems to publish expanded papers from IEEE 7th Int. Symposium on Embedded SoCs (MCSoC-13)

Expanded versions of papers presented at the 2013 IEEE 7th International Symposium on Embedded SoCs (MCSoC-13) (26-28 September 2013, Tokyo, Japan) will be published by the International Journal of Adaptive and Innovative Systems.

Special issue: "The Role of Law and Legal Institutions in the Development of Nuclear Energy in India And South Asia – Part 2"

International Journal of Nuclear Law 4(1) 2013
  • Regulatory independence and accountability: a survey of international nuclear regulatory regimes
  • Nuclear regulatory processes in India: a review of public engagement
  • A step towards establishing nuclear safety infrastructure for introduction of nuclear power programme in Bangladesh
  • A nuclear liability framework for South Asia: formation of South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nuclear risk community
  • A new world governance for nuclear safety after Fukushima?
  • Public awareness and stakeholder engagement in India's nuclear energy regulatory process

Call for papers: "Green Economies: Energy Futures and Technology Change in a Budget-Constrained World"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Technology and Globalisation.

Amidst today’s sustainability challenges, many decision makers recognise the need for new energy pathways utilising cleaner fuels and domestic industries. Yet budget limitations and systemic uncertainties often undermine good intentions, leading to continued delay.

Some have turned to integrating low carbon energy strategies with technology and industrial development planning. In line with this is the notion of “green economies”, which prioritises advances in industry and employment alongside efficiency, ecological resilience and societal well-being. While experiences with green job development have been mixed to date, technology change and innovations continue to be raised as essential for attaining sustainability objectives.

This special issue aims to explore the practical and theoretical aspects of greening an economy with technology and industrial development related to energy futures in a budget-constrained environment. Specialists from academia, inter-governmental organisations, government agencies, industry and other expert domains are invited to submit articles.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Greening economies through industrial ecology, technology learning and/or spillovers
  • Market adaptation and absorptive capacities in low carbon system change
  • Austerity and regulation as drivers of innovation
  • Prospects for subsidy-free energy landscapes
  • The role of practices, standards and intellectual property in path creation
  • Institutional design in radical innovation
  • Traditional R&D vs. emergent means of fostering green technologies
  • Politics of disruptive technologies
  • Strategic partnering for green and non-green industries
  • Regulators as conduits of change
  • Technology and security in the context of green economies
  • Dilemmas and solutions for a green growth or green development transition
Important Dates
Submission deadline for full papers: 20 July, 2013

Special issue: "Ergonomics and Occupational Safety in Organisations"

International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics 1(4) 2012

Expanded versions of papers from the International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene 2012 (SHO2012).
  • Analysis and risk assessment of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in a physical rehabilitation unit
  • Analysis of emerging psychosocial risk factors in a municipal service - working conditions beyond the obvious
  • New organisational issues and macroergonomics: integrating management systems
  • Workplace accidents as a source of knowledge: opportunities and obstacles
Additional Paper
  • Effect of grip, stroke rotation and handle size on discomfort for screwing task

Special issue: "Urbanisation and Environmental Issues in Asia"

International Journal of Society Systems Science 5(1) 2013
  • A cellular automata model incorporating land tax for predicting urban growth
  • Agent-based modelling of water price negotiation for domestic water management in deurbanisation society of Kanazawa City, Japan
  • Long-term environmental impact assessment of agricultural land transition - a comparative case study
  • Development and validation of performance measures for green manufacturing (GM) practices in medium and small scale industries in Vidharbha region, India
  • The effect of ground level ozone on vegetation: the case of spatial variability of crops in the People's Republic of China

Special Issue: "Groundwater and Surface Water Interaction (GSWI): 3. Unconventional Groundwater"

International Journal of Water 7(1/2) 2013
  • Reclamation of unconventional water using nano zero-valent iron particles: an application for groundwater
  • Field scale longitudinal dispersivities estimation in a karstic aquifer
  • The chemical evolution of groundwater in the Kerman plain aquifer, Iran
  • Hydrogeochemistry and groundwater quality assessment of Astaneh-Kouchesfahan Plain, Northern Iran
  • The dynamic of groundwater level in the lower reaches of Tarim River affected by transported water from upper reaches
  • Development of a coupled flow and solute transport modelling for Astaneh-Kouchesfahan groundwater resources, North of Iran
  • Application of SWOT analysis for the management of transboundary River Evros (Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey)
  • Impact of land use/land cover changes on surface runoff from a rural watershed, Tamilnadu, India
Additional Paper
  • Trend analysis of extreme runoff events in major river basins of Peninsular Malaysia

13 February 2013

International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management in partnership with GERPISA for the 2013 Young Author's Prize

GERPISA, in partnership with the International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, launches its Young Author's Prize, to be delivered each year from 2013 onwards, aiming at valorising the work of a young researcher on automobile industry. This prize, consisting of the publication of the paper in a special issue of IJATM and a 1000 euros' reward, intends to encourage young scholars to develop their enquiries on automobile industry. For further details, click here.

Special issue: "Strategic Organisational Learning in Turbulent Times: Ambidexterity and Absorptive Capacity Reconsidered"

International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies 5(1/2) 2012
  • Revisiting absorptive capacity from a design perspective
  • The different modes for absorbing knowledge: an analytic lens on absorptive capacity from a process perspective
  • Absorptive capacity in collaborative technology transfer - a practice perspective on four cases in optics in the USA and Germany
  • Organisational manoeuvres for exploring and exploiting external knowledge
  • Network absorptive capacity: an interorganisational practice-based analysis regarding the development of X-ray technologies
  • Organisational ambidexterity in the search phase of the innovation process. Evidence from a leading case study
  • The future of case teaching: applying strategies for enhancing student knowledge with wisdom
  • Assessing firm capabilities for innovation
  • Interrelations between strategic orientation, knowledge management, innovation and performance. Empirical findings from a national survey in Germany

Call for papers: "Bio-inspired Hardware"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation.

Evolvable hardware has expanded beyond the use of evolutionary algorithms on programmable electronics to include many different combinations of bio-inspired algorithms with various physical devices (or simulations of physical devices). Current research in this field is mainly in two related areas: bio-inspired hardware design and adaptive hardware.

This issue encourages the submission of high quality papers, both theoretical and practical.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Adaptive hardware
  • Bio-inspired antennae
  • Evolutionary robotics
  • Online hardware evolution
  • Bio-inspired cryptography
  • Self-reconfigurable hardware
  • Bio-inspired computing on GPU
  • Formal models of bio-inspired hardware
  • Real-world applications of bio-inspired hardware
  • Bio-inspired circuit design and diagnostics
  • Self-repairing and fault-tolerant systems
  • Real-world applications of bio-inspired hardware
  • MEMS and nanotechnology in bio-inspired hardware
  • Novel devices/testbeds/tools for bio-inspired hardware
Important Dates
Submission deadline: 1 December, 2013
Notification of status and acceptance of paper: 1 March, 2014
Final version of paper: 1 June, 2014

Kinect teleport for remote medicine

The Microsoft Kinect game controller could cut the US healthcare bill by up to $30 billion by allowing physicians and other medics to interact with patients remotely so reducing the number of hospital visits and the associated risk of infection.

Writing in the latest issue of the International Journal of Electronic Finance, Janet Bailey of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is working with Bradley Jensen of Microsoft Corporation, in Irving, Texas, to explain how gaming technology could be used to “teleport” the knowledge and skills of healthcare workers to where they are needed. This could cut patient transport costs for those who live considerable distances from suitable hospitals and health centers and would also lower the risk of hospital-acquired infections.

The team suggests that a laptop, a $150 Kinect, an Azure connection, and an Office 365 account, all costing a few hundred dollars could replace or augment existing telemedicine systems that cost tens of thousands of dollars. “The Kinect allows doctors to control the system without breaking the sterile field via hand gestures and voice commands with a goal of reducing the direct cost of healthcare associated infections to hospitals and patients,” the team explains.

Healthcare systems worldwide are based on the premise that there will be medical experts available to address the needs of the global population. Unfortunately, not all patients have ready access to hospitals or health centers and many die or endure chronic illness because of untimely access to medical care. In many regions, there is a shortage of specialists at a time when they are needed most due to growing populations and increasing numbers of individuals suffering from the so-called diseases of old age. The issue of access to expert healthcare is particularly acute in remote parts of the developing world and even in many rural communities removed from cities in the West.

The team has demonstrated that the system works even where only low-bandwidth and unreliable connectivity is available. They point out that redundancy is built into the communications systems as video transmission does not rely on concurrent audio, and sharing images relies on neither audio nor video. Their Kinect system known as Collaboration and Annotation of Medical Images (CAMI) is, the team says, “Not anticipated to be a panacea to the telemedicine environment but it is a powerful tool that can be affordable in virtually any community that has existing technology and communication infrastructure.”

Telementoring: using the Kinect and Microsoft Azure to save lives” in Int. J. Electronic Finance, 2013, 7, 33-47

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11 February 2013

Does lead poisoning cause juvenile crime?

Lead is a common element but is found in old paints (including those once used on children’s toys), soil, old piping, water, and the atmosphere from lead-containing vehicular fuels, even drinking vessels. At high dose it is lethal but also causes seemingly trivial symptoms such as headaches. However, in children lead can also lead to irreversible damage to the organs, the kidneys in particular, and the nervous system including the brain. Early detection to contaminated sources is important to prevent children coming to harm but exposure is not always apparent. The effects of high lead exposure amongst children can result in ‘learning disabilities’, behavioral problems, lowered intelligence, stunted growth, and hearing impairment.

Summer Miller of Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, writing in the International Journal of Liability and Scientific Enquiry, points out that data from the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC) shows that 6% of all children ages one to two years and 11% of African-American (non-Hispanic) children ages one to five years have blood lead levels in the toxic range in the area a lead poisoning.

Miller suggests that exposure to harmful quantities of lead may lead to juvenile delinquency. “Very small amounts of lead are associated with toxicity,” she says. “There have been discrepancies amongst researchers in determining the levels indicating lead poisoning. Thus, it has been reported that levels as low as 10 micrograms per deciliter show enough lead exposure to diagnose lead poisoning.”

Other studies suggest 45 micrograms per deciliter. She adds that public education regarding the ongoing problem of lead exposure is now needed to save young people from the potentially devastating effects of this toxic metal. “Lead poisoning has a progressive effect over time and its symptoms are those experienced by most people, such as headaches and abdominal pain,” says Miller. “Because these symptoms are so common, this allows detection to go unnoticed, hence the need for education regarding sources of lead exposure.”

“Published research shows that lead exposure and criminality is linked to evidence of poorer intelligence, low communication skills, and behavioral problems, such as vandalism and bullying,” Miller adds. Other studies have found delinquent juveniles to have raised concentration of lead in their bones compared to that in “non-delinquent” juveniles.

“Lead poisoning: the epidemic hitting the US juvenile justice system” in Int. J. Liability and Scientific Enquiry, Vol. 5, pp.213-220.

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7 February 2013

No more blue highway blues

Endlessly frustrated by congested roads, computer scientists at California State University, in Fullerton have developed a satellite navigation system, GeoTNavi, which hooks into historical traffic data and current vehicle movements to find the shortest commute and avoid the traffic jams.

Writing in the latest issue of the International Journal of Data Mining, Modelling and Management, Shawn Wang and colleagues explain how the California highway system is one of the most complicated and busiest highway systems in the USA with well over 83% of urban interstate congestion. Not without irony, they point out that traffic jams and unpredictable communication delays are not unique to US cities. A satellite navigation system that could drive around jams and avoid gridlock would be a boon to commuters, truckers, public transportation, emergency services and logistics organizations the world over.

They point out that “sat-nav” systems have built-in updateable maps, while some are linked to web-based mapping services. There also exist services that monitor traffic flow and alert drivers to potential trouble often based on calls from drivers to local radio news and road authorities depending on where you are in the world, while some systems have automated reporting from a select group of sat-nav users. There is a third source of information based on historical traffic movement databases. The team has now brought these various pieces of traffic information – maps, historical data and real-time driving conditions – together in a prototype system that could see an end to traffic jams.

The system works like a standard sat-nav in the first instance, but with the added benefit of not only calculating the driver’s route from A to B but also basing its choice of highways on the time of travel and the historical data. The system can thus take the driver from A to B via C if necessary. The system also monitors the real-time traffic data and continuously assesses the route so that if there’s a traffic jam, accident or other incident on the road from A to B it can take you via D and also avoid the gridlock at D. The team says their use of state-of-the-art data warehousing and data mining techniques makes this a very fast and efficient process.

“The GeoTNavi system is unique in that it takes the time dimension into consideration and uses real traffic data,” the team explains. The team has tested their system against the two standard algorithms used by sat-nav route planners, Dijkstra and A*. Those two systems do not have the real-time or historical traffic inputs, of course. They used twenty weeks of historical data in the GeoTNavi route planning and set off across Los Angeles and Orange County on a Wednesday morning at 9 am, finding routes from A to B, from A to E and even A to Z. In all, tests were run on 10 randomly selected destination addresses. The conventional systems worked well for distances less than 10 miles, but once the route was 20, 30 or more miles, both degraded quickly in terms of finding the best route given congestion and traffic jam problems.

If every driver were able to choose the optimal route then ultimately the transportation network would reach an ideal equilibrium of zero congestion. The team points out that California is miles and miles from such an equilibrium, but GeoTNavi once optimized might help it approach such a state.

“GeoTNavi – smart navigation using geo-temporal traffic information” in Int. J. Data Mining, Modelling and Management, 2013, 5, 20-36

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6 February 2013

Call for papers: "Multimedia Data Processing Technologies and Their Applications to Ubiquitous Environments"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology.

The availability of small, low-cost and low-power sensors, radios and microcontrollers has triggered a huge wave of research in networked embedded sensing systems. As a result, different research communities have emerged with work on related aspects, but have slightly different foci.
A focus of the sensor network community is on energy-efficient systems and networking solutions. While these aspects are also fundamental for ubiquitous computing, a focus of the latter community is on user interaction. The currently emerging cyber-physical systems community emphasises the integration of actuation and control.
Despite these differences, the realisation of the above visions involves a common fundamental challenge: the need for trustworthy computing solutions to deliver secure, private and reliable computing and communication services. This special issue will promote the exchange of opinions between experts working in different areas of the growing field of multi-data processing technologies and their applications to ubiquitous environments.
The main purpose of the special issue is to bring together the above communities to exchange latest results, to join efforts in solving the common challenges, and also to contrast the developments in the different communities. To support this goal, the issue will feature several tracks devoted to sensor networks, ubiquitous computing and cyber-physical systems, as well as tracks devoted to common themes such as pervasive services and data management, embedded networking and trustworthy computing.
The research and development of these systems which exploit knowledge in the target domain is at the forefront of modern research.
This special issue welcomes 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 sensor networks, ubiquitous computing, cyber-physical systems and trustworthy computing:
  • Applications (novel use cases, deployment experience, etc.)
  • Algorithms and protocols (topology, coverage, routing, timesync, distributed coordination, etc.)
  • Data management and processing (gathering, storage, fusion, dissemination, etc.)
  • Authenticated route optimisation schemes for network mobility
  • Clustering in ubiquitous environments
  • Privacy
  • Security (authentication, access control, intrusion detection and tolerance, etc.)
  • System and network architectures
  • Clustering technique estimation for mobile ad-hoc networks
  • Trust (establishment, negotiation, management, etc.)
  • Innovative architectures for ubiquitous learning systems
  • Enhancement of sleep environments using sensors
  • Authenticated route optimisation schemes for networks
  • Content management and delivery for learning on mobile devices
  • Design of a biomedical signal measurement system based on sensor networks
  • Collaborative and social mobile learning
  • Edge detection using the mean shift algorithm
  • Noun and keyword extraction for information processing
  • Blended learning with mobile and fixed technologies
  • Distributed sensing, actuation and control
  • Phased scene change detection in ubiquitous environments
  • Local detection tree and clustering in ubiquitous environment
  • Mobile multimedia networks
Important Dates
Submission of full paper before: 30 June, 2013
Notification of acceptance before: 31 August, 2013
Submission of final and revised manuscripts: 30 November, 2013

5 February 2013

Call for papers: "Air Quality and Source Apportionment Studies"

For a special issue of the World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development.

Source apportionment studies are mainly conducted to identify different sources of pollution, along with the level of and reasons for the pollution. This special issue will concentrate on air pollution and source apportionment studies.
Air pollution problems become complex due to the multiplicity and complexity of air polluting sources (e.g. industries, automobiles, generator sets, domestic fuel burning, road side dusts, construction activities, etc.). A cost-effective approach for improving air quality in polluted areas involves (i) identification of emission sources; (ii) assessment of the extent of contribution of these sources on the ambient environment; (iii) prioritising the sources that need to be tackled; (iv) evaluating various options for controlling the sources with regard to feasibility and economic viability; and (v) formulation and implementation of the most appropriate action plans.
Source apportionment studies are primarily based on measurements and tracking down the sources through receptor modelling, which helps in identifying the sources and the extent of their contribution. These studies are useful for policy makers by helping them to understand the sources of pollution and to chalk out strategies for its abatement and for reduction measures.
Hence, the objective of this issue is to understand the importance of source apportionment studies to air pollution-related work at a global level. The issue will also cover how data analysis could aid in understanding and formulating strategies for source apportionment studies, and also finally aid in policy and decision making procedures.
The theme areas of the issue are as follows:
  • Sources and types of air pollution and its effect on day-to-day life:
  • Sources, levels and types of air pollutants
  • Impact of air pollution on human health and environment
  • Economics of air pollution from different sources such as transportation, industries and particular pollutants.
  • Traditional methods of air quality monitoring and the need for source apportionment studies:
  • Traditional methods of air quality monitoring
  • Source apportionment approaches and its importance to air quality monitoring
  • Chemical characterisation of pollutants and its importance in data analysis and decision making
  • Need for receptor modelling and molecular marker approaches
  • Case studies
  • Importance of dispersion modelling and statistical evaluation in source apportionment studies:
  • Types of models, their application and their selection criteria
  • Data evaluation, statistical evaluation through case studies
  • Emission inventory:
  • Need of emission inventories and methodologies
  • Case studies and their applications
  • Control measures of air pollution from different sources:
  • Review of control measures in today’s world
  • Cost benefit assessment
  • Case studies and application of control measures
  • Policy measures:
  • Review of air quality policies across the world
  • Importance of source apportionment studies in regard to policy aspects
  • Need and development of site- and industry-specific policies
  • Emission trading scheme and its importance in India for air pollution
  • Introducing air footprint concept in policies
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Air pollution
  • Indian case studies
  • Emission inventory
  • Dispersion modelling
  • Policy aspects
  • Health and environmental impact
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 April, 2013
Notification to authors: 31 July, 2013
Final versions due: 31 August, 2013

Inderscience is a media partner for the 23rd World Mining Congress

Inderscience is a media partner for the 23rd World Mining Congress (11-15 August 2013, Montreal, Canada).

The journals involved are:

4 February 2013

Inderscience is a media partner for the CIM 2013 Convention

Inderscience is a media partner for the CIM 2013 Convention (5-8 May 2013, Toronto, Canada).

The journals involved are:

International Journal of Sustainable Economy to publish expanded MS'13CS papers

Expanded versions of papers presented at the The International Conference on Modeling and Simulation in Engineering, Economics, and Management (MS'13CS) (6-7 June 2013, Castell├│n de la Plana, Spain) will be published by the International Journal of Sustainable Economy.

Special issue: "The Science of Smarter Planet Systems"

International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems 10(2) 2013
  • Self-organised localisation in indoor environments using the ALF framework
  • Content management in a mobile ad hoc network: beyond opportunistic strategy
  • Design of network topology based on delay-cost sink tree
  • Network lifetime analytical model for node-disjoint multipath routing in wireless sensor networks
  • ESF: an efficient security framework for wireless sensor network

Hydro beats nuclear and coal, beats oil and gas

Researchers in Italy and the UK have reviewed the economic, social and environmental impact of hydro, coal, oil, gas and nuclear power. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but of these conventional electricity generation technologies, hydroelectric power appears to be the most sustainable and acceptable environmentally and economically. Nuclear and coal run a close second place but oil or gas-fired power stations are revealed to be the worst choice when considering the various factors overall.

Giorgio Locatelli of the University of Lincoln and Mauro Mancini of Milan Polytechnic explain that the research literature has offered several studies of the economics of power plants but these are commonly based on cash flow considerations whereas sustainability factors, such as environmental and social considerations have moved higher up the agenda when investment in this area of technology is considered.

Writing in the International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, the team explains that as worldwide demand for electricity grows, new power plants must be built. However, the “green” options of solar, wind, tidal and other newer forms of electricity generation simply cannot maintain pace with demand. “Worldwide population growth combined with growing electricity demand requires the construction of more power plants,” the team says. Carbon emissions, environmental pollution, energy security, ever-changing fossil fuel prices and supply, as well as the societal impact of power plant location must now be considered as part of the multitude of considerations in building new infrastructure. Moreover, investors must now consider sustainability.

The team has considered various factors: fuel supply security, environmental impact, public acceptance, volatility of fuel price, risk of severe accident and emergency planning zone (EPZ) consideration – in assessing each classification of power generation. Each factor carries a certain weight in their calculations of which power source is most sustainable overall. These factors are in the broad sense beyond the control of investor or users.

Given that many regions do not have the potential to use hydroelectric power generation, nuclear and coal-fired power plants are the next obvious choice, but each has many pros and many cons. The next stage in their research will be to provide a balanced review of each of these with a view to offering a possibly definitive answer on sustainability of power generation.

“Sustainability in the power plant choice” in Int. J. Business Innovation and Research, 2013, 7, 209-227

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Special issue: "Wireless Technology and Broadband Economics"

International Journal of Management and Network Economics 2(4) 2012

Expanded versions of papers from the 5th Africa-Asia Australasia Regional Conference of the International Telecommunication Society.
  • How strong is the case for the fiscal exceptionalism of the telecommunications sector?
  • Does broadband speed really matter as a driver of economic growth? Investigating OECD countries
  • Intergenerational effects of mobile telecommunications service diffusion in Sweden
  • Entry into 3G mobile telecommunications markets
  • On the economic objectives of spectrum policy reforms

Special issue: "Emergency Information Systems - Information Management Before, During, and After Crisis Events"

International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management 3(4) 2012
  • Information management and humanitarian relief coordination: findings from the Haiti earthquake response
  • Modelling communication network effect on emergency evacuation times: public vs. personal
  • Supporting the 'chain of survival': how ICT can facilitate rapid response for out-of-hospital cardiac emergencies
  • Standardised geo-sensor webs and web-based geo-processing for near real-time situational awareness in emergency management
  • Knowledge management systems for emergency management: a situational approach
  • An assessment technique for information quality support in emergency response

Special issue: "Transformations and Innovations in Business Service Models and Modelling"

International Journal of Services, Economics and Management 5(1/2) 2013
  • Are service-based business models of the video game industry blueprints for the music industry?
  • SOA investment decision-making using real options analysis
  • The role of e-commerce in B2B markets of goods and services
  • Consideration of aspects affecting the evolvement of collaborative e-business in service organisations 
  • A service oriented framework for designing buyer supplier relations
  • Multi-channel management: an exploratory study of current practices
  • Service innovation capabilities: what are they?
  • A process model to guide the integration of business processes and services within and across organisations

1 February 2013

Call for papers: "The Changing Face of Competition between Asian and European Firms"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Business Environment.

One of the most interesting phenomena that has recently emerged in the international economic and financial arena is the new role played by emerging economies as global investors. Multinational corporations from emerging and developing economies are becoming important players in the globalised world economy and have embarked upon rapid globalisation processes targeting industrialised economies, particularly in North America, Australia and Europe.

Host European countries increasingly face an array of challenges and opportunities arising from the activities of emerging economies’ multinationals. However, the ascent of emerging multinationals onto the world stage is not necessarily entirely without frictions. In this context, the rise of emerging multinationals enhances competitive pressures, and one therefore needs to better understand the implications these pressures have on strategic development by European companies in Europe, Asia and in the rest of the world.

The rise of multinational companies from emerging and developing economies also has significant effects on their home countries. Similarly, counter-strategies of established European firms require further and continuous analysis.

Simultaneously, a vast amount of research has been devoted to the analysis of emerging opportunities in Asian markets/economies. The Asian region offers an exciting and high-growth opportunity for businesses, coupled with the fact that economic turmoil is currently being experienced in the European market.

Apart from hard market facts usually covered in research on the business environment in Asia, this special issue aims to provide different perspectives on doing business in Asia, especially China, Korea and India. In analysing the business environment in those countries it will emphasise aspects of innovation, learning, trust formation and corporate social responsibility as key ingredients to successful market performance.

This special issue will also include the reverse focus by critically analysing competitive strategies applied by European companies to compete and succeed in the face of increased competition with Asian firms.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Internationalisation or global strategies of companies from Asian emerging and developing economies
  • Competitive strategies applied by European companies to compete and succeed in the face of increased competition
  • The changing face of international business and the impact of home and host economies
  • Challenges of international collaborative strategies towards innovation, learning, trust formation and corporate social responsibility between European and Asian firms
  • Examination of knowledge transfer processes across borders that involve Asian emerging economies
  • Strategies towards innovation and innovation commercialisation (in emerging markets)
  • Localisation practices by companies sourcing and operating in Asian emerging economies and by new Asian multinationals in Europe
  • Sustainable and responsible HRM global staffing practices by Asian and European firms

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: 17 January, 14
First round of review due: 28 February, 14
Minor/major revisions due: 30 April, 14
Notification of acceptance/rejection: 30 June, 14
Submission of final paper: 15 July, 14

Call for papers: "Dynamism and Mobility Handling in Mobile and Wireless Networking"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing.

The ever-increasing market penetration of smartphones, tablets and netbooks, along with the ubiquitous availability of wireless networks, are deeply influencing the way people live, work, interact and socialise. The broad popularity and diffusion of innovative services and applications tailored at mobile users is also raising challenging research issues that require us to rethink available mobile technology solutions to meet the emerging needs of a broader and ever-growing user base.

This special issue aims at addressing recent research results regarding the ways to handle dynamism and mobility in mobile and wireless networking and to present methodologies, models, simulation tools, applications, works in progress and real world experiences. We seek original completed and unpublished work not currently under review by any other journal/magazine/conference.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Cloud computing support for mobile services and applications
  • Data-centred architectures and protocols
  • Green communications models, architectures and networking solutions
  • Self-organised networks, services and applications
  • Content distribution networks
  • Social networking solutions for pervasive and mobile environments
  • Vehicular communications and vehicular ad-hoc networks
  • Wireless-enabled peer-to-peer services and applications
  • Internet of things
  • Machine type communications
  • Context-aware middleware design, services and applications
  • Long term evolution engineering and femtocells
  • Emerging topics in wireless and mobile computing and communications
  • Security, trust and privacy in wireless/mobile communications
  • Communication networks and architectures for smart grids
Important Dates
Submission deadline: 10 November, 2013 (extended)
Decision notification: 10 January, 2014
Revised paper submission: 30 February, 2014

Special issue: "Pervasive Care for People with Dementia and Their Carers"

International Journal of Computers in Healthcare 1(4) 2012

Includes expanded versions of papers from the ‘Pervasive care for people with dementia and their carers’ (PCPDC)' workshop held in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (PervasiveHealth-2011).
  • A case study on monitoring reaction times with a wearable user interface during daily life
  • Case study in SenseCam use as an intervention technology for early-stage dementia
  • A pattern analysis and visualisation system for sleep monitoring in ambient assisted living environment
  • New forms of information and communication technology (ICT) and the potential to facilitate social and leisure activity for people living with dementia
  • Utilising wireless sensor networks towards establishing a method of sleep profiling

Special issue: "State-of-the-Art in Technology Enhanced Learning"

International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning 4(5/6) 2012
  • Learning analytics: drivers, developments and challenges
  • A reference model for learning analytics
  • Mobile learning in context
  • Effects of mobile gaming patterns on learning outcomes: a literature review
  • State-of-the-art in TEL to support social communication skill development in children with autism: a multi-disciplinary review
  • Neuroscience perspectives on culture and intersubjectivity and their implications for technology enhanced learning: a literature review
  • Virtual learning communities: success factors and challenges