31 August 2015

Special issue published: "Modelling and Applied Simulation: Multi-Perspective and Multidisciplinary Approaches"

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling 10(3) 2015

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Multidisciplinary Modeling and Simulation Multi-conference (I3M 2013).
  • An ontologic agent-based model of recreational polydrug use: SimUse
  • An integrated approach for demand forecasting and inventory management optimisation of spare parts 
  • Environment exploration and map building of mobile robot in unknown environment
  • Multi-domain modelling and simulation of an automated manual transmission system based on Modelica
  • An agent-based electronic market simulator enhanced with ontology matching services and emergent social networks
  • Comparison of optimisation methods tested on testing functions and discrete event simulation models
  • Dynamic optimal power flow control with simulation-based evolutionary policy-function approximation

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Emergency Management

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  • An online social network for emergency management
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  • Judgment and decision making under stress: an overview for emergency managers
  • An analysis of emergency map symbology
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Call for papers: "Advances in Evolutionary Computation and Its Applications"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering.

Evolutionary computation (EC) techniques – including genetic algorithms, evolution strategies, genetic programming, particle swarm optimisation, ant colony optimisation, differential evolution and memetic algorithms – have shown themselves to be effective for search and optimisation problems. Recently, EC has produced promising results and has become an important tool in computational creativity, for example in interactive EC (IEC), EC for human-related applications, EC-based visual/auditory/haptic design and EC for analysing human characteristics.

The motivation of this special issue is to invite researchers to address various challenging optimisation problems using evolutionary computation. The aim of the issue is to initiate discussion and deliberation particular to recent advances in intelligent computation.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 7th International Symposium on Intelligence Computation and Applications (ISICA 2015), 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 following:
  • Convergence analysis and parameter choice in PSO
  • Evolutionary computation
  • Particle swarm optimisation
  • Evolutionary neural networks
  • Evolutionary games and multi-agent systems
  • Artificial life and artificial ecology
  • Neural networks and learning systems
  • Secure computation
  • Machine learning and pattern recognition
  • Deep learning
  • Fuzzy systems
  • Fuzzy image, speech and signal processing
  • Knowledge discovery, learning and reasoning

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 25 January, 2016

Special issue published: "Semantic Techniques and Agents for Web/Cloud Information and Service Discovery and Management"

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering 11(1) 2015

Extended versions of papers presented at the Semantic Web/Cloud Information and Services
Discovery and Management (SWISM 2012) and Agent for Cloud (A4C 2012) workshops.
  • Addressing the interoperability in cloud: the vendor agent
  • A taxonomic view of cloud computing services
  • How to monitor QoS in cloud infrastructures: the QoSMONaaS approach
  • Performance prediction of cloud applications through benchmarking and simulation
  • Managing 3D objects for real world scenes reconstruction
  • Semantically driven documents composition in CloSe cloud system
  • Agents-based deployment of heterogeneous IaaS clouds
Additional paper
  • Multi-document update summarisation using co-related terms for scientific articles and news group

30 August 2015

Inderscience is media partner for 4th BSLab Symposium

Inderscience is a media partner for the 4th BSLab Symposium (24-26 August 2016, Vilnius, Lithuania).

The journals involved are:

Special issue published: "Human Resource and Behaviour Intention"

Journal for Global Business Advancement 8(3) 2015

Extended versions of papers presented at the KMITL-AGBA Global Conference 2013.
  • The effects of HRM practices on firm performance in Thailand's manufacturing industry
  • Investigating the effect of a hotel's physical environment on customers' pleasure, satisfaction, loyalty and behavioural intentions: a conceptual framework
  • Examining job seekers' perception and behavioural intention toward online recruitment: a PLS path modelling approach
  • Factors influencing job productivity: a case study of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Developing a model to analyse the effects of brand constructs on word-of-mouth and purchase intention for Halal brands
  • A study of the relationship between using Instagram and purchase intention

Call for papers: "Advances in Biometrics and Their Security in Cloud Computing"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Embedded Systems.

Biometrics technology is rapidly being adopted in a wide variety of security applications such as electronic and physical access control, electronic commerce, digital rights management, homeland security and defense. Cloud computing is a new computing paradigm with special emphasis on distributed system architecture and big data managing and processing methods. Along with the rapid development of personalised service and large-scale data exchange, biometrics technology will be deeply embedded into cloud computing.

The goal of this special issue is to focus on the key technologies for biometrics technology-based cloud security, present a set of methods and technologies for security development, share high-quality resources and data based on cloud computing, help build innovative and efficient cloud platforms, and to open up new pathways for theory and practice in security data-share based on biometric technologies.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 7th International Symposium on Intelligence Computation and Applications (ISICA 2015), 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 following:
  • Biometrics-based cloud security
  • Distributed and parallel computing
  • Access control
  • Biometric recognition
  • Future internet computing
  • Application of biometrics technology
  • Management of data centre networks
  • Security and privacy for cloud data
  • Security outsourcing cloud storage systems
  • Soft biometrics
  • Multimodal biometrics
  • Biometric keys
  • Machine learning and biometrics mining

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 January, 2016

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Intellectual Property Management

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  • Innovation protection in the Dutch printing industry
  • A knowledge-based system for assessing and managing intellectual property managerial risks for small-and-medium sized technological enterprises
  • Integrated marketing communications in the commercialisation of intellectual property
  • The consumer's protection against false trade descriptions in light of the Jordanian legislation
  • Agricultural patent analysis during 2005-2012 in India
  • Is 505(b)(2) filing a safer strategy: avoiding a known risk?

29 August 2015

Special issue published: "Management of Copyright and Related Rights by Collective Management Organisations: Part II"

  • Praise and criticism of the collective management of copyrights: a Spanish and European view
  • The new EU Directive 2014/26 as a catalyst for film and digital content innovation in Europe
  • The elements of the Directive 2014/26/EU on collective management and multi-territorial licensing that may influence the administration of performers' rights in the online environment
  • Enjoy your online music carefully: collective management of music copyrights in the USA
  • Practices of collective management of copyright on musical works and related rights on audio-video products in China

Call for papers: "Algorithm and Technology Advances for Future Internet"

For a special issue of the International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking.

Recent years have witnessed the remarkable growing dominance of emerging technology and applications in the internet. The latest advances in data processing and transmission over the internet, network management and optimisation and smart network services have all contributed to this global phenomenon. Both challenges and opportunities have emerged in multiple research disciplines involved in future internet architecture.

Computational intelligence has been demonstrated as being highly useful in a large number of applications of many different domains such as design, engineering, multimedia, telecommunications and bioinformatics. Modern technologies based on computational intelligence have also been applied in the field of network computing and optimisation in the last few years. These can help to explore optimal solutions beyond the knowledge of researchers or automatically learn the properties of an environment and adapt their behaviour to its changing conditions.

Hence the main motivation for this special issue is to bring together researchers and practitioners working in related fields in computational intelligence and network computing to present current research issues and advances. The aim of the issue is to provide insight for the discussion of major research challenges and achievements in various topics of interest.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 7th International Symposium on Intelligence Computation and Applications (ISICA 2015), 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 following:
  • Theory, applications and challenges for emerging internet architecture
  • Computational intelligence, algorithms, optimisation and applications
  • Distributed and parallel computing
  • QoS and QoE in pervasive communications infrastructure
  • Management of data centre networks
  • Mobile sensing and social computing
  • Security, protection, integrity, trust and privacy issues for mobile internet
  • Data gathering, aggregation, storage, processing, fusion and mining
  • Semantic web and ontology for Internet of Things
  • Cloud computing and applications
  • Big data management

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 10 January, 2016

Special issue published: "Intelligent and Knowledge-Based Systems using Semantic Technology"

International Journal of Computational Vision and Robotics 5(3) 2015
  • Mining frequent closed itemsets from multidimensional databases
  • Neural network-based ideation learning for intelligent agents: e-brainstorming with privacy preferences
  • Sentence level text classification in the Kannada language - a classifier's perspective
  • Content-based image retrievals based on generalised gamma distribution and relevance feedback mechanism
  • DESRM: a disease extraction system for real-time monitoring
Additional papers
  • Polygonal approximation of digital planar curve using local integral deviation
  • Audio visual isolated Hindi digits recognition using HMM
  • Design of a cryptosystem for DCT compressed image using Arnold transform and fractional Fourier transform

Int. J. of Embedded Systems to publish expanded papers from SBESC 2015

Extended versions of papers presented at the Brazilian Symposium on Computing Systems Engineering (3-6 November 2015, Iguassu Falls, Brazil) will be published by the International Journal of Embedded Systems.

28 August 2015

Special issue published: "Software Life Cycle Management Focusing on Validation in Software Applications"

International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology 7(3) 2015
  • STORMKIT: a decision support tool for stormwater system analysis and design
  • Conformance testing with ioco proxy-testers: application to web service compositions deployed in clouds
  • Formal testing theory of stochastic systems under maximality semantics
  • TGG-based process for automating the transformation of UML models towards B specifications
  • Software development life cycle model to inculcate exception handling

Call for papers: "Creative Research for Education and Technology"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Knowledge and Learning.

The aim of creative research (CR) is to provide fresh and innovative ideas that allow us to see our daily research work from diverse perspectives. In CR, our research work can be pleasurable and adventurous, and this change of thinking can make us more enthusiastic about and focused on our research work with greater excitement.

For this special issue, we cordially invite original research papers focused on education and technology (ET) and exploring a variety of emerging CR issues for the cultivation of the traditional education domain and its technological approaches.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Educational administration
  • Educational foundations
  • Educational measurement and evaluation
  • Educational psychology
  • Educational technology
  • Educational engineering
  • Education policy and leadership
  • Human resource development
  • Academic advising and counseling
  • Student affairs
  • Teacher/counselor education
  • Distance education
  • Curriculum, research and development
  • Language and literacy education
  • Mathematics education
  • Science education
  • Social studies education
  • Art/music education
  • Business education
  • Health education
  • Early childhood, elementary, secondary, higher and adult education
  • Indigenous education, special education
  • E-Learning, u-learning, m-learning and smart-learning
  • Cross-disciplinary areas of education
  • Other topics of education and technology
  • Liberal arts and general education in college/university

Important Dates
Submission of full papers (online): 11 December, 2015
Notification to authors: 19 March, 2016
Final versions due: 18 June, 2016

Special issue published: "Multiple Criteria Decision-Making in Finance and Investment"

International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making 5(3) 2015

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Multidimensional Finance, Insurance and Investment (ICMFII’13).
  • Media planning and preferences: a fuzzy goal programming model
  • A comprehensive multi-criteria decision-making system using analytical hierarchy process and decision tree tools to choose the best alternative for a refinery master plan
  • An information delivery strategy for multi criteria reporting: a case study on bankruptcy prediction analysis
  • The control problem of the supervisory board in a manager-auditor-conflict in banking
  • Parameter estimation through the weighted goal programming model
  • Investment decision-making by a two-step multi-criteria procedure

27 August 2015

Call for papers: “Advances in Information Security and Networks”

For a special issue of the International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking.

Information security is more and more important in the modern network, it is designed to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer system data from those with malicious intentions. Confidentiality, integrity and availability are critical requirements for the security of modern computation paradigms, such as cloud computation, distributed computation and P2P networks etc. Information security also handles risk management. Sensitive information must be kept confidential, it cannot be changed, altered or transferred without permission. For example, a message could be modified during transmission by someone intercepting it before it reaches the intended recipient. Good cryptography tools, especially encryption, can help mitigate this security threat. Digital signatures can improve information security by enhancing authenticity processes and prompting individuals to prove their identity before they can gain access to computer data. Trust software can ensure the network running smoothly, secure image processing are among the most useful techniques to securing the social networks like facebook etc, information hiding techniques can also find applications in networks to fingerprint some important digital contents.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 10th International Conference on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing (3PGCIC 2015), 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 following:
  • Encryption and authentication techniques to ensure information security
  • Trustworthy software and networks
  • Secure image processing in networks
  • Secure protocols for communication networks
  • Secure techniques for cloud computation
  • Information hiding techniques for networks

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 30 January, 2016
Notification to authors: 30 April, 2016
Final versions due: 30 June, 2016

Special issue published: "Semantic and Cloud Computing"

International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking 8(3) 2015
  • A semantic driven approach for requirements consistency verification
  • Real-time event management in cloud environments
  • VMInformant: an instrumented virtual machine to support trustworthy cloud computing
  • Towards the future internet: the RESERVOIR, VISION Cloud, and CloudWave experiences
  • Design and implementation of a cloud computing platform for electromagnetic modelling
  • Exploiting model profiles in requirements verification of cloud systems
  • How the cognitive features testing can assist in evaluating collective ontology engineering
  • MIDAS: a cloud platform for SOA testing as a service

Call for papers: "Security for Embedded and Related Systems"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Embedded Systems.

All kinds of complex technical systems rely more and more on embedded and related systems. Embedded equipment is now increasingly becoming the key technological component of numerous large practical systems, ranging from vehicles, telephones, audio-video equipment, aircraft, toys, security systems, medical diagnostics, to weapons, pacemakers, climate control systems, manufacturing systems, intelligent power systems etc. However, solving the security-related problems of these embedded systems is very challenging. Issues include how to implement encryption and decryption algorithms fast, how to ensure the software environment can be trusted, how to implement basic cryptographic tool like elliptic curve cryptography quickly, how to resist side channel attack, how to ensure the content in the memory or register is safe etc.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 10th International Conference on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing (3PGCIC 2015), 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 following:
  • Encryption and authentication techniques for embedded and related systems
  • Trust software for information systems using embedded techniques
  • Trust network environment for information systems using embedded techniques
  • Secure protocols for communication network
  • Secure outsourcing techniques for mobile equipments in cloud environment
  • New Information hiding techniques for embedded and related systems
  • System security for mobile network and embedded security

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 January, 2016
Notification to authors: 30 April, 2016
Final versions due: 30 June, 2016

Microbeam radiation therapy

Both the efficacy and side effects of radiation therapy depend not only on the exposure dose but also on the volume of tissue exposed to that radiation. As a general rule, the smaller the volume, the greater the tolerance. As such, microbeam radiation therapy, which relies on the high power and pinpoint accuracy of synchrotron X-rays has for the last two decades or so been the focus of pre-clinical studies on various laboratory mammals. The planar microbeams are generated by a multi-slit collimator in the synchrotron, which cuts the emerging X-rays into horizontal beam slices tens of micrometres thick. Typically, target tissues are exposed to multiple quasi-parallel slices separated by a few hundred micrometres.

Now, Sigen Wang of the FROS Radiation Oncology Cyberknife Center, at Manhattan Radiation Oncology, in New York City and Xin Qian of the Department of Radiation Oncology, at New York Presbyterian Hospital, part of Columbia University, also in NYC, USA have reviewed this promising medical technology in the International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design. They point out that the state of the art preclinical studies suggest that radiation doses as high as several hundred Greys are surprisingly well tolerated by healthy tissues. Moreover, these same microbeams cause preferential damage to malignant tumour tissues.

The benefits to treating tumours that are close to sensitive organs in diseases such as ocular melanoma, pituitary adenoma, and tumours of the spinal cord, could be substantial. In addition, the same technology might also be extended to the treatment of other diseased tissues such as those brain tissues invoked in epilepsy and movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease. “The potential of microbeams for central nervous system (CNS) research is very large,” the team says. “Our review shows that microbeams can selectively ablate slices of neurons, oligodendrocytes, and astrocytes in the CNS because of the differential dose sensitivity of different cell types, without causing tissue necrosis.”


Wang, S. and Qian, X. (2015) ‘Microbeam radiation therapy: a review’, Int. J. Computational Biology and Drug Design, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp.127-138. Wang, S. and Qian, X. (2015) ‘Microbeam radiation therapy: a review‘, Int. J. Computational Biology and Drug Design, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp.127-138.

Original article: Microbeam radiation therapy.
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26 August 2015

Special issue published: "Application of Workflows in Business Process Management"

International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management 7(3) 2015
  • An approach to business process registration for enterprise collaboration: using BPEL as an example
  • A community-oriented workflow reuse and recommendation technique
  • An approach to extract RESTful services from web applications
  • Using simulation to explore reciprocal help seeking in a lifelong learning context
  • Peer-to-peer mobile data flow in a crop field
Additional paper
  • Monte Carlo simulation as a service in the Cloud

Call for papers: "New Techniques for Secure Internet and Cloud Computation"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering.

Cloud and Internet computing technologies have emerged as new paradigms for solving complex problems by enabling large-scale aggregation and sharing of computational, data and other geographically distributed computational resources. The continuous development of the internet and the construction of new internet and cloud computing infrastructures are making the development of large scale applications from many fields of science and engineering possible. Cloud and internet computing is an emerging and promising discipline which can have applications ranging from engineering, science, finance, and economics, to arts and humanities. New challenges arise in the modelling of complex systems, sophisticated algorithms, advanced scientific and engineering computing and associated (multidisciplinary) problem-solving environments for internet and cloud computation. This special issue will focus on the development of new techniques related to internet and cloud computation, including security-related techniques and various other interesting techniques.

The special issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 10th International Conference on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing (3PGCIC 2015), 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 following:
  • Encryption and authentication techniques to secure internet and cloud computation
  • Secure search techniques for cloud storage
  • Secure protocols for communication network
  • New routing and resource management algorithms for internet network and cloud
  • Information hiding techniques in cloud environment
  • Novel cryptographic techniques for internet and cloud computation

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 January, 2016
Notification to authors: 30 April, 2016
Final versions due: 30 June, 2016

Special issue published: "Expressive Interactive Systems That Tell a Story"

International Journal of Arts and Technology 8(3) 2015

Extended versions of papers presented at the Fourth Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment (INTETAIN 2011).
  • A tabletop interactive storytelling system: designing for social interaction
  • A user experience model for tangible interfaces for children
  • Virtual shadow puppet play with intelligent instructional tool and interactive real-time animation 
  • Single value devices

25 August 2015

Special issue published: "Risk Management Technologies in Structurally Complex Economic, Social and Technical Systems and Processes"

International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management 18(3/4) 2015
  • Monitoring and crediting process control with use of logical and probabilistic risk model
  • Logic and probabilistic risk models for management of innovations system of country
  • Logical probabilistic analysis and its history
  • Reliability assessment for three-state element systems using ARBITR software
  • Synthesis and analysis of probabilities of events by non-numeric, inaccurate and incomplete expert information
  • Conceptual description of integrated risk modelling problems for managerial decisions in complex organisational and technical systems
  • Risk management technologies in structural complex systems
Additional papers
  • A fuzzy AHP methodology for selection of risk assessment methods in occupational safety
  • An expert opinion elicitation method based on binary search and Bayesian intervals

Call for papers: "Tourism and the Place of Memory"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Tourism Anthropology.

This special issue invites submissions focusing on the multiple connections between tourism, memory and place. Tourism entertains a complex and intricate relation with memory, intended both as the personal ability of recalling the past and as the social act of reconstructing it.

At an individual level, the cognitive act of remembering has a fundamental role in tourists’ experiences: whilst tourists long to live memorable experiences, an important part of the material and sensory dimension of their personal journey is projected towards “bringing back memories”. Thus tourists take pictures, purchase souvenirs or collect mementos in order to construct and evoke a personal narration. On a different register, places of memory become often tourist attractions, and are considered fundamental to the tourist’s understanding of a place. In memory sites, the past is rendered present in a social and collective way. As there are many ways to address and narrate the past, the process of making memory available as a tourist product always involves a mechanism of interpretation, construction and validation of the past. An act that implies the confrontation of sometimes conflicting powers and discourses: political, moral, cultural, economic. In some cases, the reconstruction can be part of an institutional political agenda, as a form of categorisation and dominance. In others, it can be used as an active form of resistance, as a mechanism for dislocating hegemonic narratives and foster a plurality of discourses.

In these processes, local communities find themselves in the ambiguous position of actors, producers and recipients of narrations and discourses about their own past. A deeper understanding of the relation between tourism and memory as a social phenomenon would therefore help to disentangle the intricate relations between these different levels of discourses and ways of transmission.

How is memory appropriated in tourism? How is tourism useful in the shaping of memory? To which extent tourism in memory sites, intended as a way of narrating a story to ′outsiders′, can function as a mechanism to soothe, share and process a trauma? Is the relation between tourism and memory mainly embodied in the commemoration of conflicts, crimes and/or tragic events, - as it is the case in dark tourism? How is memory commodified in tourism spaces? What role do emotions play in tourism at memory sites? And finally, which diverse purposes does memory fulfil in tourism sites – from the simple act of recognition that something occurred, to educational purposes, to the need of commemoration, demanding absolution and forgiveness?

It has been said that memory is far from absent from tourism studies. This special issue is an invitation to a critical investigation of the diversity of possible modes in which memory is produced, appropriated and negotiated in tourism experiences and places. It welcomes submissions from various disciplines, including social anthropology, history, sociology, geography, tourism studies, cultural studies, heritage and museum studies, as well as collaborative work by interdisciplinary research teams are sought. Both empirical and theoretical papers are welcome.

Topics appropriate for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following subject areas:
  • Tourists' practices and the shaping of individual and collective memories
  • The role of tourism in the production of memory sites. Which memory, whose memory? Politics, remembrance, identity and the influence of hegemonic discourses
  • Collective memory, tourism and heritage-making processes
  • Contributions to the conceptualisation of "memory tourism(s)": dark tourism, roots tourism, diaspora tourism, battlefield tourism etc. Different typologies of memorial institutions
  • Tourism and the commodification of Nostalgia (Bartoletti, 2010)
  • Mechanisms of transmission at memory sites: imaginaries, practices, representations

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 29 February, 2016

Special issue published: "Institutional and Personal Reflexivity – Levels of Innovation Capability"

International Journal of Work Innovation 1(2) 2015

Extended versions of papers presented at the 8th International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis and CMS Critical Management Studies Conference.
  • Creating innovative work practices through reflexive interventions
  • Reflexivity in the 'productisation' of services
  • Institutional and personal reflexivity in processes of organisational learning
  • Individual and institutional reflexivity - a mutual basis for reducing gender bias in unquestioned practices
  • Immaterial common goods and institutional reflexivity
  • Reflexivity for sustainability: appreciating entanglement and becoming relationally reflexive

24 August 2015

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Liability and Scientific Enquiry

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  • Showing they care, but about what? Does corporate social responsibility show companies have a nice side or that they are merely adapting to suit their environment?
  • Towards democratic consolidation in Africa? A look at the 28 November 2011 elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo
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  • A synopsis of problems and prospects of SADC, EAC and COMESA tripartite free trade area
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  • Harnessing marine renewable energy from Poole Harbour: a case study

Inderscience is media partner for International SAP Conference on Product Lifecycle Management

Inderscience is a media partner for the International SAP Conference on Product Lifecycle Management (1-2 October 2015, Darmstadt, Germany).

The journal involved is the International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management.

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20 August 2015

Special issue published: "Information and Communication Technologies Research and Applications in South East Europe"

International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development 6(3) 2015

Includes extended versions of papers presented at the 17th Pan-Hellenic Conference on Informatics (PCI 2013) and the 6th Balkan Conference on Informatics (BCI 2013).
  • On intrusion detection in opportunistic networks
  • Source and IR-level optimisations in the HercuLeS high-level synthesis tool
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Social security, social safety

Security and safety could be improved if researchers from very disparate disciplines – humanities, computer science and politics – were to work together, according to research described in the International Journal of Emergency Management. Moreover, such coordinated efforts online would improve crisis management during natural disasters, terrorist attack or cyber warfare.

Jean-Luc Wybo and colleagues explain how social media and online social networking technologies have emerged as powerful tools to exchange information among a large variety of players, including the public, authorities, companies and journalists. They suggest that both security and safety involve detection of problems, and the employment of efficient procedures and plans to reduce or remove threats and to protect people and assets at risk.

The team has reviewed examples of how online social networking is used during emergencies and crises and investigated how relevant and useful information is extracted in an effort to support the response. They suggest that the security forces, the emergency services and those fighting cybercrime could all benefit more from the integration of social media into their organisations. In their paper, the researchers also reveal the technical limitations of social media and how it can be abused.

Whether earthquake, tsunami, rail disaster or suicide bombing. From Haiti to Mumbai, from the Brooklyn River to Boston, through the Arab Spring and most recently the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook have revealed the first images and video footage of events. They can offer a way for people to communicate when conventional channels are blocked either deliberately or through infrastructure collapse. The researchers describe how the use of social media during emergencies and disasters can be classified broadly into two categories: a passive use for the dissemination of information and to receive feedback from users and a systematic usage through which emergency communications can be carried out, warnings issued, activity monitored and damage assessed.

With more than 3 billion people estimated to now have internet access, around 1.5 billion active Facebook users and more than 300 million Twitter users, there is great potential for improving communications and responses during crises. “Providing threatened populations with early warnings is a government’s mission for which social media should provide a strong support,” the team reports. Social media can act as both the monitoring tools and the alert system during crises. The skills and techniques of computer, social, and political science, should now be brought together to policymakers, governments, emergency responders and the public improved knowledge of how these tools might best be used for all our benefit.


Wybo, J.L., Fogelman-SouliĆ©, F., Gouttas, C., Freyssinet, E. and Lions, P. (2015) ‘Impact of social media in security and crisis management: a review’, Int. J. Emergency Management, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp.105–128

Original article: Social security, social safety.
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19 August 2015

Special Issue published: "Engineering Models and Algorithms in Biomedicine"

International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design 8(2) 2015
  • A review of digital mammography
  • Numerical analysis of bubble dynamics in electrohydraulic and electromagnetic shock wave lithotripsy
  • Guidewire contrast enhancement by a two-stage order statistic filter in X-ray fluoroscopy
  • Microbeam radiation therapy: a review
  • Computer simulation and optimisation of breast tomosynthesis parallel imaging configuration and reconstruction
  • Continuous cuffless arterial blood pressure measurement based on PPG quality assessment
  • Computational analysis and Monte Carlo simulation of wave propagation
  • Understanding the lac operon with GeneAct

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Services Technology and Management

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Services Technology and Management are now available here for free:
  • The rise and growth of entrepreneurial companies in China: case study of two ventures (1994-2010)
  • Market orientation and business-to-business (B2B): a meta-analysis perspective
  • Application of importance and satisfaction indicators for service quality improvement of customer satisfaction
  • An intelligent-ranking framework for web services selection process
  • The pricing of single name credit default swap based on jump-diffusion process and volatility with Markov regime shift
  • Dual-channel pricing strategies for small and medium-sized enterprises
  • The collaboration pattern, trust relationship, and transferring and learning willingness: evidence of China's agribusiness and farmers
  • A multinational study of espoused national cultural and review characteristics in the formation of trust in online product reviews
  • Price dispersion under the adverse selection environment in e-commerce markets

17 August 2015

Special Issue published: "Engaging with Positive Inquiry for Organisational Change"

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management 15(2/3/4) 2015

Extended version of papers presented at the International Conference on Management Cases 2014 (ICMC 2014).
  • Leveraging Appreciative Intelligence® for enhancing organisational change
  • Appreciative Intelligence®: post merger communication in a public organisation 
  • Identifying quality enablers for online graduate accounting courses using an appreciative inquiry case study
  • Establishing trust in cross cultural context: a case study of Mamsys
  • Commercialisation of academic research - a sensemaking analysis of key participants' roles
  • Zones of engagement: where meaning in work meets personal identity
  • The relevance of sacred inquiry in the education of delinquent Black girls
  • Exploring organisation learning mechanism: structuring Ethan Pvt. Ltd.
  • Burgeoning womanhood at the pyramid's bottom - Bandhan's headway
  • An alternative construction of opportunity-seeking action for strategic entrepreneurship
  • Strategic fit framework of succession planning: effects on career attitudes and career success
  • International human resource management: implications for multinational corporations operating in the Arab Middle East

Special issue published: "International Trends in Service Technology From Multiple Sectors"

International Journal of Services Technology and Management 21(1/2/3) 2015

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Management Cases 2014 (ICMC 2014).
  • Change in the Finnish healthcare: managerial sensemaking in the private sector
  • Open source ERP - a change maker in emerging countries
  • Thilawa special economic zone and the single window
  • Client-consultant interaction: the dynamics of and conflicts in value co-creation and co-destruction 
  • Technology support from cluster development initiatives to SMEs: a study of motor spare parts enterprises in Sri Lanka
  • High customer service quality in the beauty service design
  • Empathic facilitation in innovation: combining diagnostic and dialogic practices 
  • Measuring the effect of brand equity on the consumers' purchase intention
  • A clash of personality? The relationship among consumer personality, brand personality and word-of-mouth with social-cognitive perspective: generation as the moderator
  • Using fuzzy logic approach in estimating individual guest loyalty level for international tourist hotels 
  • The effect of national and international R&D cooperation: differences between manufactures and services
  • Behavioural analysis of subjects interacting with information technology: categorising the behaviour of e-consumers

Research Extra August 2015

As the goose flies
A computerized bird scarer that adapts to the behavior of crop-eating birds, such as barnacle and Canada geese which invade the farmland of northwestern Europe and other parts of the world has been developed by scientists in Denmark. A wide range of devices for scaring birds have been developed over the centuries from the perennial “scarecrow” to burners that periodically ignite a cloud of gas to simulate a shotgun blast. However, birds quickly become accustomed to what might at first be alarming enough to scare away the whole flock. Preliminary tests with a system that uses a microphone to monitor bird activity and then generates a scary noise at an opportune moment has demonstrated much greater efficacy in field trials, according to the team

Steen, K.A., Therkildsen, O.R., Karstoft, H. and Green, O. (2015) ‘An adaptive scaring device’, Int. J. Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp.130–141.

Social networking for cars
The drive to and from work is often wasted time for many commuters, but now a team in Iran has developed a social media network – SocioCar – that could be used among vehicles, especially those stuck in stationary or slow-moving traffic. The use of Bayesian statistics allows the team to characterize members of the SocioCar network and to allow like-minded people to connect more quickly while on the road, albeit transiently. The network can be used anonymously so that individual drivers need not share too much personal or private information with other road users unless they wish to.

Esmaeilyfard, R. and Hendessi, F. (2015) ‘SocioCar: a transient social vehicular network’, Int. J. Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing, Vol. 19, Nos. 3/4, pp.221–240.

Strip for breast test
The early detection of malignant, cancerous, tissue in the breast is essential for effective treatment. However, X-ray mammograms are inconvenient, expensive and rely on great expertise in interpreting the image of the breast obtained from each potential patient. Now, a team in India has reported on an inexpensive and easy to use microstrip antenna system for detection of certain types of breast tumor without the need for mammography or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Along with self-examination, the technology could, they say, improve early detection and point healthcare workers in the right direction should a biopsy for a definitive breast cancer test be needed.

Singh, I., Tripathi, V.S. and Tiwari, S. (2015) ‘Microstrip patch antenna for breast cancer tumor detection: a survey’, Int. J. Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp.215–222.

Games for the blind
Games such as mahjong remain popular in many parts of the world, but are difficult if not impossible to play if one loses one’s site. Now, Jenn Tang of the National Taipei University of Business in Taipei City, Taiwan, has developed a new form of mahjong based on RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags that could allow China’s 5 million or so blind people to play the game. Their new system includes 144 mahjong tiles and a voice prompt function as well as an RF tagging system for the tiles and the various other components of the game, such as the win and discard trays. Tang suggests that the this new form of the game is neither static nor drab like current blind versions and could provide a much-needed alternative recreational pastime for many blind people.

Tang, J. (2015) ‘A new RFID-based and ontological recreation system for blind people’, Int. J. Radio Frequency Identification Technology and Applications, Vol. 4, No. 4, pp.291–308.


Original article: Research Extra August 2015.
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14 August 2015

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Materials and Structural Integrity

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Materials and Structural Integrity are now available here for free:
  • A two-stage approach optimising PCB assembly on the sequential pick-and-place machine by a score-based slot selection method and a swarm intelligence approach
  • A research review on deep cryogenic treatment of steels
  • Mechanical property of a graphene/silicon interface: an atomistic simulation research
  • Study on crosstalk fault model and testing for SoC inter-core interconnects
  • Vibration analysis for roll system of KOCKS mill based on ADAMS
  • Thermo-mechanical coupled modelling on fixed joint interface in machine tools
  • Interfacial heat transfer properties of the typical interconnection structures in IC packaging: a multiscale study
  • Multiple Al micro materials fabrication by utilising electromigration
  • Effect of reflow temperature on the mechanical drop performance of Sn-Bi solder joint
  • Effects of Pd layer thickness on mechanical properties and microstructures of Sn-3.0 Ag-0.5 Cu solder joints
  • Shear strengths of CBGA/PBGA solder ball joints with lead-free solder pastes
  • Evaluation of lead-free solder reliability under vibration at elevated temperature
  • Microstructure and drop/shock reliability of Sn-Ag-Cu-In solder joints
  • Reflow of lead-free solder by microwave heating
  • Measurement of the local residual stress between fine metallic bumps in 3D flip chip structures
  • Thermal fatigue life prediction of solder joints of plastic ball grid array packages

Call for papers: "Research Issues in 3D Printing"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Collaborative Enterprise.

3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) is being hailed as a concept that can and will change our daily lives and how we do things, from packing for travel and what we wear to even how we prepare food. The automotive industry was among the earliest adopters of 3D printing technology. However, the recent explosive growth in the utilisation of 3D printing is powering an evolution in all fields, including manufacturing, aerospace, healthcare, fashion, art, and possibly replacing the kitchen microwave with a 3D food printer. This growth is attributed to advances in both materials and technology, driven by falling prices of 3D printers and other hardware.

In theory, 3D printing should be able to print any shape from any material. Common materials are plastics and paper. Other materials include metals, wood and glass. MakerBot now has new composite filaments that incorporate inner alia, iron and limestone. However, challenges remain in the 3D printing field, most notably the time it takes to print. 3D printing is still a slow process, taking hours in some cases days to print an object depending on its size and the material it is printed from. Other challenges include high costs, safety concerns, compatibility issues among different 3D printers, and software user interface complexity.

This special issue seeks research contributions that address computational, speed and material issues related to additive manufacturing, to name a few. The issue invites contributions from the engineering community, materials researchers and industry, and welcomes practice-oriented topics as well as basic research contributions.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Speeding up 3D printing processes
  • Investigating continuous 3D printing as opposed to layer-by-layer
  • Design of better 3D printer hardware
  • Developing better 3D printer software
  • Investigating use of new materials
  • Cost-effective 3D printing technologies
  • Compelling consumer applications that can be 3D printed at home
  • Architecting user-friendly 3D printers with easy-to-use user interfaces
  • Enhancing the safety of 3D printing and its operations
  • Investigating high-volume commercial 3D printing
  • Support for multi-material printing, such as combining metals and plastics
  • Investigating bio and nano 3D printing
  • Combine 3D printing with other manufacturing methods
  • Ethical issues of using 3D printing in personalised medicine, such as printing living bone cells using stem cell research
  • Reducing energy consumption by 3D printers and making them ecofriendly
  • Investigating 3D-printed drugs
  • Investigating national security risks arising from 3D printing
  • Computational residual stress analysis in 3D printing due to heat and fluctuating
  • temperatures
  • Operation and maintenance of 3D printers
  • Investigating new innovative applications of 3D printing

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 31 October, 2016

Special issue published: "Recent Advances in Concrete Technology"

International Journal of Materials and Structural Integrity 9(1/2/3) 2015
  • Using X-ray transmission/attenuation to quantify fluid absorption in cracked concrete
  • Pseudo-dynamic carbonation for concrete curing and carbon storage
  • Use of biomineralisation in developing smart concrete inspired by nature
  • Semi-flowable self-consolidating concrete and its application
  • Tailoring the orientation of fibres in high performance fibre reinforced cementitious composites: part 1 - experimental evidence, monitoring and prediction
  • Tailoring the orientation of fibres in high performance fibre reinforced cementitious composites: part 2 - correlation to mechanical properties and design implications
  • A review of materials science-based models for mixture design and permeability prediction of pervious concretes
Additional papers
  • A review on reliability of electronic packaging in micro/nano manufacturing
  • Effect of substrate temperature on mechanical properties of SiCO thin film
  • The electronic, optical and magnetic properties of Fe doped ZnO and (Fe, Al) co-doped ZnO from first-principles calculations
  • Investigation on the rectangular packing problem based on the ant colony algorithm
  • Investigation on thermal reliability and optimisation design for high-power LED micro/nano system
  • Calculation of the principal moment of inertia and Euler angles of the centre inertia principal axis system: design and implementation of the algorithm

13 August 2015

Call for papers: "Challenges to IC Design in the 21st Century"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Circuits and Architecture Design.

As process technology advances to 20nm and beyond, design complexity dramatically increases due to many challenging design considerations such as 3D integration, chip-package-board co-design, FinFET or 3D transistors, engineering change order (ECO), inter-die/intra-die variation, quality-ensured analogue and mixed-signal layouts, thermal effects, signal integrity, sub-wavelength lithography and ultra-low-power design. As a result, there is a need to investigate and deliver new VLSI design methodologies, algorithms and tools for addressing nanometer design challenges.

Power efficiency is also becoming a major concern in all areas of VLSI design and processing. The challenge for more power-efficient chips and systems arises at every level of design and production. Power consideration has already been seen in the following aspects: software, architecture, systems, CAD, logic, circuits, devices, processing and materials.

The special issue will deal with all aspects of new technical breakthroughs in VLSI design. It is our intention to promote cross-fertilisation between VLSI design and processing technology. All papers are encouraged to discuss the impact and relationship of their technologies/ideas/methods with other aspects of chip production. For example, a new low-power circuit structure may warrant a discussion of the advantages or difficulties of the specific techniques in relation to the reliability, testing and feasibility of mass production.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 3rd International Conference on Electronics and Communication systems (ICECS 2016), 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 following:
  • Power-efficient computations, architectures and systems
  • Power-efficient design techniques
  • Design and implementation considerations for low-power chips
  • Low-power logic implementations
  • Low-power circuit structures
  • Low-power devices
  • Low-power processes and material.
  • Cell library design and analysis for FinFET or new device structures
  • 2D and 3D floorplanning, partitioning, placement and routing
  • CAD for analogue, mixed-signal and RF layouts

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 10 May, 2016
Notification to authors: 15 August, 2016
Final versions due: 15 September, 2016

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies are now available here for free:
  • Supply chain integration in the IT manufacturing sector: how integration technologies adoption can improve efficiency
  • The issue of flexibility in inter-organisational collaboration: an appreciative systems thinking perspective
  • On establishing trustworthy inter-organisational collaboration
  • Exploring the relationship between governance, tie strength, and NPD performance
  • The role of an intermediator organisation in collaboration: how can an intermediator enhance value co-creation?

Special issue published: "Recent Developments in Active and Semi-Active Suspension System Design for Vehicular Applications"

International Journal of Vehicle Design 68(1/2/3) 2015
  • Constrained robust adaptive control for vehicle active suspension systems
  • Fault-tolerant control of active suspensions in in-wheel motor driven electric vehicles
  • Full-car active suspension based on H2/generalised H2 output feedback control
  • Fuzzy logic torque control system in four-wheel-drive electric vehicles for active damping vibration control
  • Study on a novel dual-mode interconnected suspension
  • Horizontal vibration reduction of a seat suspension using negative changing stiffness magnetorheological elastomer isolators
  • Load-dependent LPV/H2 output-feedback control of semi-active suspension systems equipped with MR damper
  • Study of semi-active suspension control strategy based on driving behaviour characteristics
  • Load-dependent observer design for active suspension systems
  • The optimisation of a proportional solenoid valve design for heavy vehicle active suspension system
  • Research on recycling vibration energy of shock absorber
Additional paper
  • Real-time vehicle parameter estimation and equivalent moment electronic stability control

12 August 2015

Inderscience is media partner for 2nd Asia Pacific Reman Summit 2015

Inderscience is a media partner for 2nd Asia Pacific Reman Summit 2015 (12-13 November 2015, Singapore).

The journal involved is the International Journal of Remanufacturing.

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Special issue published: "Recent Developments in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in China"

International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles 7(2) 2015
  • Development of a driving cycle for city bus in Harbin of China
  • Development of regenerative braking for electric vehicles in China: a review
  • Modelling and control of a two-mode power-split hybrid powertrain
  • Sliding mode control of shifting process based on throttle opening and vehicle mass variations
Additional papers
  • DLC programs for electric vehicle charging
  • Compensatory neural fuzzy control for two wheels electric vehicle drive

Call for papers: "Complex and Critical Embedded Systems Engineering"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Embedded Systems.

Embedded systems are becoming more and more complex every day. Designing such systems demands methods and tools that allow simulation and verification in an efficient and practical way. The usage of different modelling and simulation tools during a unique design flow to aid engineering is common in such complex task.

A common characteristic of embedded systems is heterogeneity. These systems run applications in hardware and software (signal processing, multimedia, analogical processing, control flow, operating system, communication, etc.) performing discrete computation steps. Thus, there is a great demand for methods and tools that allow – in a practical, reliable and efficient way – the design and simulation of such complex systems. In special cases, embedded systems are formed by a huge amount of devices requiring computational power and, consequently, higher complexity. It is not unusual to find different applications being executed by the same embedded system. Thus, it is mandotory to develop new methods, tools, hardware and software which take into account the deep integration with physical processes and real-time constraints, with low-power consumption, high performance and low cost.

In addition, critical embedded systems need to be dependable, safe, reliable, adaptable and reconfigurable. Adaptability is a key feature, as it allows the system its own configuration to bring more security, reliability and dependability. One special case of such systems is autonomous computing systems, which are systems able to self-manage features to provide adaptation and awareness. Modelling and simulation are counted among the research challenges bound to these systems.

The main focus of this special issue is to discuss and present the state of the art concerning practices and tools for the development of complex and critical embedded systems, with a focuson the new challanges, e.g. Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the V Brazilian Symposium on Computer Systems Engineering (SBESC 2015), 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 following:
  • Modelling, design and simulation of complex and critical systems
  • Embedded systems in complex and critical systems
  • Networks, protocols and communication related to complex and critical systems
  • Distributed computing for support to complex and critical systems
  • Adaptable and reconfigurable systems and architectures in complex and critical systems
  • Fault tolerance in complex and critical systems
  • Harvesting energy and power consuption techniques in complex and critical systems
  • Applications: Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems, smart grids, smart cities, robotics, unmanned vehicles, etc.
  • Autonomous computing systems in complex and critical systems

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 8 February, 2016
Reviews results due: 8 July, 2016
Final versions due: 8 August, 2016

Protecting your cloud

A powerful new computer security tool called XDet that can detect malicious files being uploaded to a cloud computing service is reported this month in the International Journal of Space-Based and Situated Computing by researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University and Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Rob Hegarty (MMU) and John Haggerty (NTU) explain how cloud computing has become the predominant paradigm for organisational infrastructure development because of its great flexibility and scalability. As with any computer system, however, there are concerns regarding security and privacy. Firewalls and intrusion detection systems can do only so much to block hackers and malicious software but do not address the problem of malware being uploaded to the servers by legitimate users whose computers have been compromised or hackers, for instance. Moreover, they cannot detect and block undesirable downloads by such users either.

“The XDet approach has been developed to identify data leakage from cloud networks…and complements existing approaches, such as firewalls and IDS,” the team says. The system works by generating a signature from private files and storing it for subsequent comparison with signatures derived from files being transferred across the network. “In this way, unauthorised uploads or downloads of potentially confidential data may be detected and prevented,” the team explains.

The XDet software is placed between the cloud server and distributed file storage rather than on the perimeter of the cloud network as might be the case with other security measures, the team points out. This has three main advantages. First, it is itself thus protected by perimeter-based security devices, such as firewalls and IDS. Secondly, it is scalable and utilises the collaborative nature of cloud-based system to share security information. Thirdly, the cloud provider can employ network-based encryption to protect data in transit.

The researchers have carried out successful tests on live data on a cloud server demonstrate the potential of XDet to detect the illicit extraction of information.


Hegarty, R. and Haggerty, J. (2015) ‘Extrusion detection of illegal files in cloud-based systems’, Int. J. Space-Based and Situated Computing, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp.150–158.

Original article: Protecting your cloud.
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Fireflies find Facebook friends

Online social networking generates vast quantities of data that might be useful to the service providers, advertising agencies, and even the users themselves. Writing in the International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems this month, researchers in India describe an approach to establishing new connections in a network using what they refer to as a “firefly swarm approach”

Ebin Deni Raj and Dhinesh Babu of the School of Information Technology and Engineering, VIT University, in Tamil Nadu, explain that the emergence of social computing, especially in the face of the advent of cloud computing, opens up new ways to extract, analyze and use big data from online networks.

The essence of social computing is community, collaboration and connectivity, but analyzing the three C’s is key to converting data and information into knowledge that might predict trends and help provider and user alike as well as third-parties, such as advertisers. Of course there are hundreds of social networking sites, some more well used and subscribed to than others. Moreover, today’s trendy online haunt can soon become yesterday’s virtual ghost town as has been well-documented by pundits and the technology media over the years.

Raj and Babu suggest that their work can provide a way to predict whether an individual member of social network will remain loyal to that service or find a new favorite and move on. Obviously, such a predictor would be useful to a given service provider who, forewarned of an imminent departure, might tailor a new offering to that person that persuades them to stay. Their firefly algorithm is just such a tool – it offers a probability of a user staying in a given social network as well as calculating the connections in that network.


Raj, E.D. and Dhinesh Babu, L.D. (2015) ‘A firefly swarm approach for establishing new connections in social networks based on big data analytics‘, Int. J. Communication Networks and Distributed Systems, Vol. 15, Nos. 2/3, pp.130-148.

Original article: Fireflies find Facebook friends.
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11 August 2015

Inderscience is media partner for Floating LNG 2016

Inderscience is a media partner for Floating LNG (17-18 February 2016, London, UK).

The journals involved are:

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Sustainable Real Estate and Construction Economics

The International Journal of Sustainable Real Estate and Construction Economics proposes and fosters discussion on sustainable real estate and economics, emphasising the application of various economic theories. It acknowledges the complexity of the concept of sustainability as an interface between economics, society and the environment and offers a platform on which both academics and practitioners will find research of interest. Although there are journals which publish for sustainable real estate and construction, this is the first of its kind to focus on the issue from an economics perspective.

Call for papers: "Recent Advances of Computational Intelligence Techniques in Computer Network Modelling and Performance Optimisation"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms.

Present day networks vary in size, scale and heterogeneity. The ever-decreasing cost of bandwidth and ever-increasing number of users are opening new vistas for applications of computer networks. Problems in integrating heterogeneous wired and wireless technologies, ensuring security and quality of service and reliably operating large-scale systems including cloud computing have all emerged as an important topics.

The application of computational intelligence (CI), which includes a set of nature-inspired computational methodologies and population-based methods of optimisation to address the various problems, is relevant when considering these problems. Subsequently, computational intelligence techniques applied to optimising the performance of networking systems has received more attention in recently published volumes and related reports. Based on this context, there is a need for envisioning a key perspective for the current state of practice of computational intelligence techniques to address research issues and challenges in network modelling and quality of services.

This special issue will explore novel theoretical developments and bridge the gap between applications of CI and communication networks. It aims to explore the advantages of CI-based solution (e.g. fuzzy systems, neural networks, evolutionary computation, swarm intelligence, cognitive maps, rough sets, granular computing and other emerging learning or optimisation techniques) and how they may be used to handle the challenges associated with modelling and performance issues of communication networks. The increasing demand for CI applications in different fields entails a serious challenge for improving network performance in order to predict and estimate using imprecise and uncertain information. Hence there is a significant need for sharing research and recent developments in computer networks and CI in conjunction with CI paradigms.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Computational intelligence methods in network optimisation
  • Heuristic algorithms for near-optimal solutions
  • Network architecture and design
  • Decomposition and relaxation techniques for large-scale optimisation
  • Hybrid optimisation approaches
  • Network resilience and cross-layer design
  • Optimal scheduling and improving routing performance
  • Optimal hand-off decisions and quality of service
  • Networking for big data traffic
  • Empirical measurements and experimental studies
  • Network survivability, resource allocation
  • Content and location-aware networking
  • Networking aspects of distributed analysis of massive data
  • Efficient data delivery in Internet of Things and machine-to-machine systems

Important Dates
Submission deadline: 31 January, 2016
Review notification: 20 March, 2016
Submission of revised papers: 20 April, 2016
Notification of final review results: 1 June, 2016

10 August 2015

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Knowledge and Learning

The following sample articles from the International Journal of International Journal of Knowledge and Learning are now available here for free:
  • How to learn from design project knowledge
  • A promising combination of approaches for solving complex text classification tasks: application to the classification of scientific papers into patents classes
  • Sentiment analysis resources for Polish: a collaborative approach
  • Domain-specific reasoning for method engineering based on Toulmin's argumentation theory
  • A Wikipedia-based approach to conceptual indexing and retrieval of documents
  • A double-loop learning system for knowledge transfer and reuse in groups: application of a roadmapping approach
  • Using knowledge visualisation techniques to support the development of curriculum for employability: exploring the capability tree representation
  • Log content extraction engine based on ontology for the purpose of a posteriori access control
  • Urban information integration through smart city views

Inderscience is media partner for E&P Information and Data Management

Inderscience is a media partner for E&P Information and Data Management (3-4 February 2016, London, UK).

The journals involved are:

The asylum trap

Reception centres for migrants seeking asylum trap the people seeking help through social disempowerment as they become increasingly dependent on so-called humanitarian government, according to research published in the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies in August.

Giuseppe Campesi of the Department of Political Sciences, at the University of Bari, in Italy, carried out empirical research on Italian migrant reception centres and has discovered that subtle social control essentially imprisons people who have attempted to escape oppressive regimes elsewhere. He points out that the use of large-scale facilities for receiving asylum seekers and refugees is justified through arguments stressing the need for bureaucratic efficiency in delivering services and the need that in certain circumstances arises for urgent assistance.

Given the alternatives where migrants risk their lives attempting to breach international border controls and escape to what they perceive as the ultimate goal, those nations that offer them safe harbour, such as the UK, it might seem that reception centres are the only sensible alternative. However, Campesi argues that people caught up in this system are having their human rights and freedoms severely limited in the name of humanitarianism.

“Under the rules governing the so-called Dublin system, anyone who wants to apply for asylum is forced to file his or her application in the country of first arrival, and generally has to wait for the outcome within its ‘reception’ system,” explains Campesi. “The system seems explicitly designed to confine asylum seekers on the threshold of Europe, forcing them to orbit around the region in which they received first assistance,” he adds. It is perhaps not surprising that many seeking asylum attempt to break through national borders illicitly on board unsafe seagoing vessels or by secreting themselves in lorries passing through the Channel Tunnel.


Campesi, G. (2015) ‘Humanitarian confinement: an ethnography of reception centres for asylum seekers at Europe’s southern border’, Int. J. Migration and Border Studies, Vol. 1, No. 4, pp.398–418.
Original article: The asylum trap.

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Nanotech wound healing in diabetes

People with diabetes mellitus often suffer from impaired wound healing. Now, scientists in Egypt have developed antibacterial nanofibres of cellulose acetate loaded with silver that could be used in a new type of dressing to promote tissue repair. They reveal details of the new materials and their properties in the International Journal of Nanoparticles.

Thanaa Ibrahim Shalaby and colleagues, Nivan Mahmoud Fekry, Amal Sobhy El Sodfy, Amel Gaber El Sheredy and Maisa El Sayed Sayed Ahmed Moustafa, at Alexandria University, prepared nanofibres from cellulose acetate, an inexpensive and easily fabricated, semisynthetic polymer used in everything from photographic film to coatings for eyeglasses and even cigarette filters. It can be spun into fibres and thus used to make an absorbent and safe wound dressing. Shalaby and co-workers used various analytical techniques including scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy to characterise their fibres in which they incorporated silver nanoparticles.

Having characterised the material the team then successfully tested its antibacterial activity against various strains of bacteria that might infect an open wound. They next used the material as a dressing on skin wounds on mice with diabetes and determined how quickly the wound healed with and without the nano dressing. The dressing absorbs fluids exuded by the wound, but also protects the wound from infectious agents while being permeable to air and moisture, the team reports. The use of this dressing also promotes collagen production as the wound heals, which helps to recreate normal skin strength and texture something that is lacking in unassisted wound healing in diabetes mellitus.


Shalaby, T.I., Fekry, N.M., El Sodfy, A.S., El Sheredy, A.G., Moustafa, M.E.S.S.A. (2015) ‘Preparation and characterisation of antibacterial silver-containing nanofibres for wound healing in diabetic mice‘, Int. J. Nanoparticles, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp.82-98.

Original article: Nanotech wound healing in diabetes.
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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Behavioural Accounting and Finance

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Behavioural Accounting and Finance are now available here for free:
  • Bernie Madoff, and the creation and subversion of regulatory authority
  • Social capital and selection criteria of independent non-executive directors: some evidence from Malaysia
  • The effect of the legal system and empathy in venture capital contracting: theory and evidence
  • Behavioural economics and public policy: some insights
  • Two theories of the subprime crisis: governance failure or mere greed?

9 August 2015

Inderscience is media partner for Telematics Insurance Europe Private Auto & Fleet 2015 Congress

Inderscience is a media partner for the Telematics Insurance Europe Private Auto & Fleet 2015 Congress (29- 30 September 2015, London, UK).

The journals involved are:

Call for papers: "The State of the Art in the Application of Massive (Big) Data and Intelligent Algorithms in Structural Health Monitoring"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Sustainable Materials and Structural Systems.

Aging of infrastructure and in particular civil infrastructure has become a global challenge and a serious threat for many developed countries. For instance, the estimated investment needed by 2020 to improve the condition of America’s critical civil infrastructure has been estimated by ASCE as 3.6 trillion dollars.
 
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has also identified the restoring and improving of urban infrastructure as one of the grand challenges for engineering. Structural health monitoring (SHM) has been identified by both ASCE and the NAE as one of the most effective technologies for improving the status of infrastructure.
 
Until a decade ago, the majority of studies in SHM were focused on developing cost-effective and reliable sensing technologies for SHM applications and in particular long-term implementation for civil infrastructure. However, recent significant advances in sensing technologies have paved the way to long-term applications of SHM. Consequently, continuous monitoring of civil infrastructure is not as challenging as it used to be.
 
However, processing the massive amount of data (big data) generated through long-term monitoring of huge and complex civil infrastructure has now become an emerging challenge that needs to be addressed urgently by the SHM community. Therefore, this special issue is dedicated to recent research and advances in SHM data interpretation, damage detection methods, machine learning algorithms and algorithms developed to process and interpret massive (big) amount of SHM data.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Machine learning approaches for SHM
  • Damage detection algorithms
  • Advanced signal processing methods
  • Time series analysis
  • Parametric and non-parametric methods
  • Learning from broader applications of big data in other relevant fields, such as aerospace, manufacturing, etc.
 
Important Dates
Manuscript submission deadline: 15 November, 2015
End of first review period: 15 January, 2016
Revision and re-review deadline: 15 February, 2016
Final decision: 30 February, 2016


8 August 2015

Inderscience is media partner for Myanmar Electric Power Convention 2016

Inderscience is a media partner for the Myanmar Electric Power Convention 2016 (13-15 January 2016, Yangon, Myanmar).

The journals involved are:

Call for papers: "Pursuing Pentahelix Industry Collaboration: An Asian Regional Integration Challenge"

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

As industry leaders look for new and improved ways to implement sustainable strategies into their day-to-day operations, they create a need for educated professionals to steer them in the direction of sustainable practices that make sense for their business models and goals. Sustainable business in practice brings together forward-thinking professionals who are creating real business value by placing sustainability at the heart of their corporate strategy.

This creates a number of contemporary issues. For example, how to turn sustainability into a competitive advantage and value creation tool; how market leaders have successfully integrated sustainability into their corporate strategy; how to build a more effective business case for both short- and long-term sustainability initiatives; how to identify innovative ways to engage your internal and external stakeholders; and how to address sustainable development bringing traditional and non-traditional value to companies.

This special issue aims to address these issues. Theoretical and empirical papers based on the areas outlines below are welcome.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Organisational behaviour, leadership and human resources management
  • Innovation, operations and supply chain management
  • Marketing management
  • Financial management and accounting
  • Strategic management, entrepreneurship and contemporary issues
  • Green business

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts deadline: 30 November, 2015

Special issue published: "Environmental Justice and Sustainability"

Interdisciplinary Environmental Review 16(2/3/4)

Extended versions of papers presented at the Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons conference.
  • Sk8ting the sinking city
  • Gentrified sustainability: inequitable development and Seattle's skewed riskscape
  • Bridging the interdisciplinary divide: co-advancing the pedagogy of environmental justice through a digital commons initiative
  • The waters of consumptive sustainability
  • Eating as a Christian act of hope
  • Imagining the hydrogen future of 2050
  • New possibilities for sustainability, environmental justice and hope for the commons will soar when Congress acts to create the US Department of the Environment
  • The role of risk perception in building sustainable policy instruments: a case study of public coastal flood insurance in the USA
  • Multi-sensory experience and environmental encounter: rethinking the sustainability of humanities education
  • Environmental education in prison: a comparison of teaching methods and their influence on inmate attitudes and knowledge of environmental topics
  • Sustainability at the forefront: educating students through complex challenges in visual communication and design
  • Higher education residential life peer-education programs: facilitating more inclusive perspectives

Inderscience is media partner for Offshore Convention: Myanmar 2016

Inderscience is a media partner for Offshore Convention: Myanmar 2016 (12-13 January 2016, Yangon, Myanmar).

The journals involved are: