31 August 2016

Free sample articles newly available from Latin American Journal of Management for Sustainable Development

The following sample articles from the Latin American Journal of Management for Sustainable Development are now available here for free:
  • The impact of emotional intelligence on transformational leadership and leader effectiveness
  • Biofuels from a strategic standpoint: an overview of the literature
  • Selection process theoretical framework on environmental costs: an exploratory vision
  • Income inequality and environmental degradation: estimates with panel data in Brazilian states
  • Implications for waste pickers of Distrito Federal, Brazil arising from the obligation of reverse logistics by the National Policy of Solid Waste
  • Road safety - implications for sustainable development in Latin America

Inderscience is media partner for Biosimilars North America 2016

Inderscience is a media partner for Biosimilars North America (16-17 November 2016, Iselin, USA).

The journals involved are:
More information on this event is available here.

Special issue published: "Service Management in Transportation and Modern Logistics"

International Journal of Services Technology and Management 22(3/4/5) 2016
  • Evaluation method for node importance in container supply chain network
  • Greening game analysis in supply chains under three decision-making structures
  • Closed-loop supply chain network redesigning model post the horizontal merger based on environmental responsibility
  • Research on the e-business logistics service mode based on branch storage and warehouse financing
  • An integrated approach for optimising coal purchase and supply logistics network
  • A study of the optimisation of commercial vehicles' distribution in multimodal transport network
  • ABC classification of spare parts considering costs and service
  • Categorical missing data imputation approach via sparse representation
  • Analysis of carbon emissions from transportation in Beijing
  • Mental workload's influence on job performance for the high-speed railway drivers - job satisfaction as mediator
  • Integrative effects among innovation network elements on innovation performance based on QCA 

Call for papers: "Bioscience and Computational Methods"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology.

Computational bioscience is at the cusp of significant innovations that guarantee highly affordable, advanced and smarter healthcare facilities for people across the globe. With data science and analytics fields gaining a lot of attention and investment, brighter days lie ahead for bioscience – the seamless and spontaneous combination of biology and computational techniques. Furthermore, clouds are being positioned as best-in-class IT infrastructures for all kinds of biological experimentation, searching, processing, ingestion, storage and visualisation.

This special issue aims to present a variety of related research contributions to empower future biologists and physicians with bioinformatics tools and analysis methods, including technological advancements, newer tools, techniques and tips, best practices, key metrics and healthcare processes. Our objective is to share value-adding contributions from researchers and scholars across the globe, particularly on the significant impacts of the convergence of bioscience and computational methods.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Allied Electrical and Communication Systems (ICAECS2016), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this special issue.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Biology and informatics
  • Computational biology
  • Mathematical models for molecular processes
  • Biological data science
  • Big data analytics
  • Biological applications in cloud environments
  • Biological data mining
  • Biological data storage and backup
  • Machine learning
  • DNA recombination and splicing languages
  • Homology searching
  • Pattern recognition
  • Statistical methods
  • Cognitive computing for smarter healthcare
  • Biological databases
  • Semantic data
  • Searching and querying techniques
  • Matching methods
  • Monte Carlo simulations

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 25 November, 2017
Notification to authors: 25 January, 2018
Final versions due: 25 February, 2018

30 August 2016

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions are now available here for free:
  • Using AOP-based enforcement of prioritised XACML policies for location privacy
  • Ontology-based representation of reusable security requirements for developing secure web applications
  • An automatic and self-adaptive multi-layer data fusion system for WiFi attack detection
  • Framework for surveillance of instant messages
  • A mobile contactless point of sale enhanced by the NFC and biometric technologies

Special issue published: "Simulation Modelling and Optimisation of Large-Scale Systems"

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling 11(3/4) 2016
  • Multi-objective optimal computing budget allocation for multi-objective particle swarm optimisation with particle-dependent weights
  • A particle filtering-based estimation of distribution algorithm for multi-objective optimisation
  • Reward processes and performance simulation in supermarket models with different servers
  • An iterative parametric estimation method for Hammerstein large-scale systems: a simulation study of hydraulic process
  • Hybrid clustering technique of PCA-SM-GHSOM for abnormal and normal classification with quarterly financial ratios of listed TCM company sector 
  • Optimisation of recommended speed profile for train operation based on ant colony algorithm
  • Shipment policy optimisation in a return supply chain for online retailers via stochastic discrete event simulation
  • Application of multi-fidelity simulation modelling to integrated circuit packaging
  • Renewable-load matching dispatch for isolated power systems with intermittent renewable sources
  • A simulation model for outpatient appointment scheduling with patient unpunctuality
  • Solving preemptive job-shop scheduling problems using a true concurrency model
  • Mathematical modelling of vehicle assembly line for throughput enhancement
  • Simulation-based fleet scheduling in the Metrobus

Journal for Global Business Advancement increases issues

The Journal for Global Business Advancement has announced that it will be increasing issues from four to six from 2017 onwards.

Call for papers: "DC Microgrids and LVDC Distribution Networks"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Power Electronics.

Over 100 years ago, alternating current (AC) won “war of currents” over direct current (DC) as the prominent form of electricity due to the fact that the AC transformers voltage can step up and down to facilitate power transmission over long distances with reduced losses. However, due to recent developments in power electronics, the proliferation of DC nature electrical loads, renewable energy sources and energy storage devices, DC systems are becoming a feasible alternative for electrical distribution networks with better efficiency and reliability. Due to these advantages, it is expected that the use of DC systems will increase in future buildings, data-centers, ships, aircrafts and other electrical power systems. Despite all of these advantages, there are a number of technical challenges for the practical implementation of DC distribution systems, such as lack of standardised equipment, protections, voltage levels standardisation, power system stability and grounding. Hence, the objective of this special issue is to disseminate the recent technological advancement in DC microgrids and distribution systems both from academia and industry.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Architectures of DC distribution systems in smart residential, commercial and industrial applications
  • Power electronics topologies for DC distribution systems
  • Wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductor applications in DC distribution systems
  • Reliability, stability and power quality issues in DC distribution systems
  • Protections in low voltage DC distribution systems
  • DC microgrid interfacing issues for energy storage devices and renewable energy sources
  • Grounding configuration in low voltage DC distribution systems
  • Voltage standardisation in low voltage DC distribution systems
  • Advanced modelling, analysis, design, operation and application of DC distribution system
  • Energy management system and strategies in DC distribution system
  • Standards and codes relevant to DC distribution system

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 1 February, 2017
Notification to authors: 1 May, 2017
Final versions due: 1 July, 2017

28 August 2016

Special issue published: "Modelling and Applied Optimisation in Business and Engineering"

International Journal of Operational Research 27(1/2) 2016

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Applied Optimization (ICMSAO’13).
  • Effects of probable inflation on a two-warehouse partial backlogging inventory model with permissible delay in payment for deteriorating and imperfect items
  • An integrated genetic algorithm approach to 1D-cutting stock problem
  • Improved performance of digital filters approximation
  • Solving a load balancing problem with a multi-objective particle swarm optimisation approach: application to aircraft cargo transportation
  • Arnoldi model reduction for switched linear systems
  • Optimal approximants for MIMO model reduction systems using genetic algorithms
  • Scheduling of multiple projects with constrained resources and preemption
  • An interval linear programming approach for portfolio selection model
  • Comparison of multi-criteria decision methods through a ranking stability index
  • Solving the bilateral group selection problem using optimal stopping options
  • A new method to detect and remove a beard from 3D human face model
  • One-hour-ahead wind power forecast using hybrid grey models
  • A multiobjective interval goal programming method using penalty function
  • A consistent test for unit root against fractional alternative
  • Relative efficiency of hardware retail stores chains in Canada
  • Energetic parameters in approximation of discrete systems: a MIMO extension problem
  • Non-smooth singular Newton's method for positive semidefinite solution of nonlinear matrix equations
  • Human factor modelled by fuzzy logic in preventive maintenance actions
  • Optimisation techniques for planning the petrol replenishment to retail stations over a multi-period horizon
  • Supplier selection criteria and methods: past, present and future

Call for papers: "Data Mining in Signals and Imaging Systems"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering.

The term big data is used almost anywhere these days; from news articles to professional magazines, from tweets to YouTube videos and blog discussions. The term coined by Roger Magoulas from O'Reilly media in 2005, refers to a wide range of large data sets almost impossible to manage and process using traditional data management tools - due to their size, but also their complexity.

Over recent years, there has been a lot of research on big data. This special issue will bring out the recent research on big data analysis on various signals and imaging systems. Big data has become the demand of the future. Hence a collection of research papers on this area for this special issue would be very useful and interesting to the readers and also a good contribution to the research community.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Time series big data
  • Predictive learning from big data
  • Big data for image and video analysis
  • Bio-Inspired big data learning
  • Machine learning methods from big data
  • Optimisation techniques for big data analytics
  • Signal processing for big data
  • Big data in VLSI applications

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 January, 2017

International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms increases issues

The International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms has announced that it will be increasing issues from four to six from 2017 onwards.

Call for papers: "Big Data and Data-Driven Science"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Data Science.

Today, a paradigm shift is being observed in science, with the focus gradually shifting away from operation to data, which is greatly influencing decision making. This science is being driven by data and is termed as data science.

In this internet age, we are inundated with data from multiple sources in various forms, especially social media, and in the modern data science vocabulary, this large, complex, structured or unstructured and heterogeneous data is recognised as “big data”. The volume of this data has grown beyond the exabyte magnitude. The rapid pace of data growth through various disparate sources has seriously challenged the data management and analytic capabilities of traditional databases. Furthermore, the velocity of expansion of the amount of data gives rise to a complete paradigm shift in how new-age data is processed.

Confidence in the data engineering of existing data processing systems is gradually fading, whereas the capabilities of new techniques for capturing, storing, visualising and analysing data are evolving.
This special issue intends to address current data-driven research challenges, and seeks articles discussing big data and analytics from various perspectives such as design and development of new tools and techniques, comprehensive analytics, applications, intelligent decision making and so forth. Submitted research articles should present innovative findings that make substantial theoretical and empirical contributions to knowledge in data science.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Architecture, design and development of new tools and techniques for big data
  • Big data analytics and associated issues and challenges
  • Big data analytics for smart decision making in interdisciplinary domains
  • Big data and business intelligence
  • Big data and cloud-enabled analytics
  • Big data and complex business applications
  • Big data and next-generation innovations in business models
  • Big data and rich and interactive visual and media analytics
  • Big data and risk management
  • Big data and smarter agriculture
  • Big data and workflow management
  • Big data economics
  • Big data analytics for clinical care
  • Medical (big) data management and mining
  • Big data integration for healthcare
  • Big data for enterprise, government and society
  • Big data implications in enterprise models and practices
  • Big data and industry standards
  • Big data models and query languages
  • Big data management for smart solutions
  • Big data real-time analytics
  • Big data and forensic science
  • Big data security, privacy and trust policies
  • Cloud-based big data analytics
  • Big data and information quality
  • Data lakes for analytics
  • Evolution of big data and its knowledge implications
  • Hadoop ecosystem in big data research
  • Internet of Things (IOT) evolution for enterprise
  • Smart data evolution for enterprise
  • (Big) open data
  • *-as-a-services cloud evolution and big data as-a-service

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 November, 2016
Notification to authors: 15 February, 2017
Final versions due: 15 March, 2017

27 August 2016

Special issue published: "Innovation and Industrial Logistics"

International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management 25(1) 2016

Extended versions of papers presented at ICIL 2014.
  • Performance of hospitals operating departments: the effect of logistic parameters
  • Stochastic timed Petri nets to dynamically design and simulate industrial production processes
  • Neurofuzzy technology to evaluate the environmental performance of the cargo transportation mode 
  • Green supply chain management performance: a study of Brazilian oil and gas companies
  • Influence of stock shortage in integrated logistic systems: an under-estimated importance
  • Triple-objective models for portfolio optimisation with symmetric and percentile risk measures
  • The strategic relevance of logistics: new perspectives
  • Greening transport activities in the food retail supply chain

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering are now available here for free:
  • Goal-oriented testing for MASs
  • A unification-based approach to configure generic protocols into agent interaction models
  • Agent-based conference management: a case study in SODA

Call for papers: "Approaching Security Challenges and their Remedies"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions.

We, the end-users, always prefer not to spend more on resource utilisation, storage and administration. Also, we like to share resources with our fellow members. Ultimately this leads to networking. When networking plays a vital role in different forms, broadly wired and wireless, security is an inevitable issue.

Security attacks can arise from multiple sources. The attacker need not be a competitor or a foe, he or she can be an employee of the same institute - a dissatisfied employee or one who has been dismissed. Flash crowds and aggressive legitimate users also deplete resources and could also be attackers.

Network size has increased enormously. This special issue will therefore focus on the forthcoming, unidentified security issues in the various networking fields, and will also explore ways of mitigating threat vulnerability providing real-time solutions in cyberspace.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Security and privacy of data in mobile devices
  • Security and monitoring of sensors in IoT
  • Cyber security engineering
  • Security and privacy of data in cloud computing
  • Cloud Intrusion detection and mitigation
  • Electronic commerce security
  • Mitigating security issues in 3G and 4G networks
  • Communication privacy and anonymity
  • Distributed denial of service
  • Security in routing
  • End-to-end security and privacy
  • Security challenges in mobile health care
  • Wearable computing and body area networks
  • NFC and li-fi security challenges

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 November, 2016
Notification to authors: 30 January, 2017
Final versions due: 25 March, 2017


Special issue published: "Coordinated Control of Multi-Agent Systems: Theory and Applications"

International Journal of Automation and Logistics 2(3) 2016

  • Second-order node-to-node consensus of nonlinear multi-agent systems via pinning control
  • A survey of continuous finite-time consensus algorithms in multi-agent systems
  • Averaging approach for consensus of fast switching multi-agent networks with delayed communications
  • Time synchronisation in wireless sensor networks under energy-efficient spanning tree protocol
  • Analysis for hidden-geometry phenomenon of epidemic spreading in metapopulation networks
  • Hierarchy robust control for unmanned quadrotor helicopter without linear velocity measurement

26 August 2016

International Journal of Business Innovation and Research increases issues

The International Journal of Business Innovation and Research has announced that it will be increasing issues from eight to twelve from 2017 onwards.

New Editor for International Journal of Healthcare Policy

Prof. Daniel Burman from Walden University in the USA has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Healthcare Policy.

Special issue published: "Sustainable Nanoelectronics"

International Journal of Nanotechnology 13(7) 2016

Extended versions of papers presented at the 6th IEEE International Nanoelectronics Conference (IEEE INEC 2014).
  • Characterisation of Ti-doped indium tin oxide nanoparticles synthesised by co-precipitation process
  • Amorphous layers by electron beam evaporator deposition for hetero-junction with intrinsic thin layer solar cells applications
  • Comprehensive investigation on array-type dummy active diffused region and gate geometries using narrow NMOSFETs with SiC S/D stressors
  • Atomic scale nanoelectronics for quantum neuromorphic devices: comparing different materials
  • Electrical properties and applications of carbon nanotube composites
  • Synthesis and electrochemical properties of nanosized polyoxovanadate K7[NiV13O38] hybridised with carbon conductive additives
  • Synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of disordered cation distribution of nanosized zinc ferrite powders
  • Gold and silver resonators and their optical properties

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Intelligent Machines and Robotics

The International Journal of Intelligent Machines and Robotics is an academic platform which puts the emphasis on disseminating state-of-art technology in the interdisciplinary fields of machine intelligence, advanced robots and real-life applications. This is important because of the ubiquitous nature of intelligent machines and their increasing impact on society. Aiming to fill the gap between academia and industry, IJIMR also welcomes the contributions on robotics and automation education.

25 August 2016

Call for papers: "Advances in Intelligent Big Data Analytics"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics.

Big data analytics is a novel research approach used in modern times to understand and solve complex problems. It finds its applications in modelling complex business solutions. Big data is scattered, heterogeneous and is of the size of thousands of terabytes. Intelligent analysis and the management of such huge data is made possible using emerging techniques and tools provided by information and communication technology.

Big data analysis is a multi-dimensional, expanding research field exploring applications in every sphere of technological advancement, be it engineering, applied mathematics, medicine, computational biology, healthcare, social networks, finance, business, government, education, transportation and telecommunications.

The aim of this special issue is to provide an open platform for prospective researchers for discussion of new advancements in big data analytics, development and applications using efficient techniques. We encourage researchers to submit original works which will enrich prospective researchers and provide novel and improved techniques based on some of the areas mentioned below, although not limited to these areas, since "research does not follow any boundaries”.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Big data analytics, development, applications
  • Software/hardware tools and techniques for big data management
  • Security issues for big data management
  • Use of information technology for intelligent data analytics
  • Artificial intelligence, decision support systems
  • Automated reasoning
  • Hybridisation of intelligent models/algorithms in distributed environment
  • Data mining/warehousing process
  • Exploratory/ knowledge based data analysis
  • Bio-inspired computation
  • Genetic algorithms
  • Neural computing
  • Swarm optimisation
  • Fuzzy analytics
  • Pattern matching and extraction
  • Machine learning
  • Advanced statistical techniques for intelligent data analysis
  • Social engineering
  • Human-machine interaction
  • Cognitive and ambient intelligence

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 28 February, 2017

Special issue published: "Localisation and Positioning for Healthcare Applications"

International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing 23(1/2) 2016
  • Multi sensor system for pedestrian tracking and activity recognition in indoor environments
  • Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack detection using data mining approach in cloud-assisted wireless body area networks
  • iPil: improving passive indoor localisation via link-based CSI features
  • Consumer health information organising and mobile acquiring based on topic maps
  • Patient localisation with smart phones using public cloud
  • A range-free localisation algorithm based on connectivity in wireless sensor networks
  • Robust localisation algorithm for large scale 3D wireless sensor networks
  • Comparability of RF-based indoor localisation solutions in heterogeneous environments: an experimental study
  • Energy optimised resource scheduling algorithm for private cloud computing
  • A hidden Markov model combined with RFID-based sensors for accurate vehicle route prediction

International Journal of Business Excellence increases issues

The International Journal of Business Excellence has announced that it will be increasing issues from eight to twelve from 2017 onwards.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Nanoparticles

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Nanoparticles are now available here for free:
  • Preparation and characterisation of antibacterial silver-containing nanofibres for wound healing in diabetic mice
  • Recent developments in enzymatic biofuel cell: towards implantable integrated micro-devices
  • Electric field enhancement of gold tip optical antenna
  • Silver nanoparticles: green route of synthesis and antimicrobial profile
  • The effect of Zn/S-nanoparticles on the thermal stability of Schiff-base polyamide
  • Application of nanoparticles for pesticides, herbicides, fertilisers and animals feed management

24 August 2016

Special issue published: "Security and Trust Issues in Peer-To-Peer Networks"

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering 13(2) 2016
  • Detection and mitigation of the eclipse attack in chord overlays
  • Traversing Bitcoin's P2P network: insights into the structure of a decentralised currency
  • Neighbourhood failures in covert communication network topologies
  • Distributed reputation management for service-oriented peer-to-peer enterprise communities
  • A traffic identification based on PSO-RBF neural network in peer-to-peer network
  • A fuzzy logic-based sustainable and trusted routing for P2P enabled smart grid
  • The expert identification in the cyber knowledge community
  • Implementation of a social widget system for enhancing the interaction among social networking websites
  • Co-op advertising models in one manufacturer-two retailers supply chains with spillover effect

Call for papers: "Non-Conventional Energy Technology"

For a special issue of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Review.

The aim of this special issue is to assimilate the latest research in “non-conventional energy technology” and the areas affected by technological advancements in this field. We aim to provide a platform where scientists, researchers, academicians, industry experts, new aspirants, as well as students of science and technology can come together and engage in a fruitful exchange of views and ideas pertaining to the theme of the conference.

However, the scope is not limited, and is wide enough to encompass other related concerns which include environmental and socio-economic impact, security and defence technology, innovative designs, enhancements and improvements in existing frameworks, sustainable technological advancement, societal welfare etc. We intend to bring together a compilation of research work from the best minds from around the world to cover all aspects of non-conventional energy technology from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on New and Renewable Energy Resources for a Sustainable future. (ICONRER-2017), 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:
  • Non-conventional energy
  • Solar energy technologies
  • Energy modelling and analysis
  • Socio-economic Impact and policies
  • Nanotechnology
  • Energy storage technologies
  • Environmental pollution control
  • Green technologies and green buildings
  • Gasification and pyrolysis
  • Alternative fuels and fuel cell technologies
  • Strategies for energy demand and use optimization
  • Sustainable consumption and production
  • CO2 capture, storage, and utilisation
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Smart grids
  • Energy metrology

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 5 February, 2017
Notification to authors: 5 April, 2017
Final versions due: 5 June, 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy are now available here for free:
  • Building multi-factor stock selection models using balanced split regression trees with sorting normalisation and hybrid variables
  • Long-range prediction of retail sales using recurrent radial basis function neural network
  • The importance of business incubation in developing countries: case study approach
  • The use of foresight information in small and medium-sized enterprises - the role of intermediary organisations

Special issue published: "Big Data and Cloud Computing Challenges"

International Journal of Big Data Intelligence 3(3) 2016

Extended versions of papers presented at the 2015 International Symposium on Big Data and Cloud
Computing Challenges (ISBCC).
  • Auto-scale: automatic scaling of virtualised resources using neuro-fuzzy reinforcement learning approach
  • Service provisioning of flexible advance reservation leases in IaaS clouds
  • A trigger-based introspection approach for cloud incident handling
  • Discovery of semantic associations in an RDF graph using bi-directional BFS on massively parallel hardware
Additional papers
  • Secure multi-owner-based cloud computing scheme for big data
  • Distortion-free fragile watermark for relational databases
  • PQsel: combining privacy with quality of service in cloud service selection

23 August 2016

International Journal of Global Warming increases issues

The International Journal of Global Warming has announced that it will be increasing issues from eight to twelve from 2017 onwards.

Special issue published: "Innovations on Intelligent Information and Communication Technology"

International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications 15(3) 2016
  • An integrated harmony search algorithm-based multi-objective differential evolution of evolving spiking neural network
  • Texture and fuzzy colour features to index Roman mosaic-images
  • Interactive toon shading using mesh smoothing
  • A novel method for selecting initial centroids in K-means clustering algorithm
  • Enhanced structural perceptual feature extraction model for Arabic literal amount recognition
Additional paper
  • On the fusion of regression and neural network methods

World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development increases issues

The World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development has announced that it will be increasing issues from four to six from 2017 onwards.

Special issue published: "Challenge-Oriented Research and Innovation: Concepts, Practices And Policies"

International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy 11(1/2/3) 2016
  • 'Grand Challenges' concept: a return of the 'big ideas' in science, technology and innovation policy?
  • Grand Challenges in US science policy attempt policy innovation
  • Competing technological innovation systems as a challenge for new mission orientation - insights from the German Energiewende
  • Using transition management concepts for the evaluation of intersecting policy domains ('grand challenges'): the case of Swedish, Norwegian and UK biofuel policy
  • Demonstration projects in transition processes to sustainable energy and transport [free OA article]
  • Emergence of societal challenges-based innovation policies in market-based innovation systems: lessons from Estonia
  • The digital and natural worlds: crisis or challenge?
Additional paper
  • Strategic scenario construction made easy

22 August 2016

Special Issue published: "Data Acquisition and Processing, Uncertainty Management and Inverse Problem Techniques for Structural Health Monitoring Applications" (inc free OA article)

International Journal of Sustainable Materials and Structural Systems 2(1/2) 2015
  • Robust methods for outlier detection and regression for SHM applications [free OA paper]
  • Towards real-time health monitoring of structural systems via recursive Bayesian filtering and reduced order modelling
  • Structural health assessment using extended and unscented Kalman filters
  • Uncertainty quantification of thermal image-based concrete diagnosis
  • Assessment of fibre optic strain gauges for field use in India
  • Modal identification of seismically isolated bridges with piers having different heights
  • Effect of frequency domain attributes of wavelet analysis filter banks for structural damage localisation using the relative wavelet entropy index
  • Data recovery via hybrid sensor networks for vibration monitoring of civil structures
  • On quantifying the uncertainty of stochastic process power spectrum estimates subject to missing data 

Call for papers: "Supply Chain Quality and Sustainability"

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

Supply chain quality refers to a set of practices that emphasise continuous process improvement among partners (firms) in the supply chain in order to enhance performance and achieve customer satisfaction through prominence in learning. It takes the paradigm of supply chain beyond a focus on simple product quality. It necessitates highlighting several dimensions such as quality of logistics, human resources, information, relationships, safety etc. along the supply chain.

On the other hand, sustainability is a contemporary factor which is directed towards social, economic and environmental issues. It is an interesting union of two complimentary paradigms which entices researchers to participate in development of theories and quantitative models to explore the interactions between them.

This special issue seeks to gather articles representing such ideas that can contribute to the development of this exciting union of the supply chain quality and sustainability fields. The proposed research agenda is aimed at the development of new theories and analyses of the relationship between supply chain quality and sustainability.

We welcome research papers that offer valuable new insights or present new approaches to any of the topics listed below. Work offering a conceptual framework, empirical insights, case studies, use of different methodological approaches and offering an international dimension are particularly encouraged.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Literature review on supply chain quality and sustainability
  • Constructs of supply chain quality for specific industry segments
  • Developing supply chain quality from a sustainability perspective
  • Interrelationship between the constructs of supply chain quality and sustainability
  • Drivers and inhibitors
  • Use of multicriteria decision models for the given context
  • Modelling of supply chain quality from sustainability perspective
  • Supply chain stakeholders involvement in ensuring supply chain quality

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 6 January, 2017

New Editor for Interntional Journal of Computational Complexity and Intelligent Algorithms

Dr. Aladdin Ayesh from De Montfort University in the UK has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Computational Complexity and Intelligent Algorithms.

15 August 2016

Research Picks Extra – August 2016

A new public keyIn the world of computer encryption on which the security and privacy of almost all our online transactions so delicately depend, there is always room for improvement to protect users and servers from hackers and crackers. The RSA algorithm developed by Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir and Leonard Adleman in 1978 has been a mainstay of strong public key encryption. However, researchers in India have developed a new algorithm that requires the same level of computational power to function but is demonstrably more effective and much faster under particular conditions needed for certain e-commerce applications in simulations. However, in a real-world environment key generation is only marginally different and the team is now working on optimisation.
Vincent, P.M.D.R. and Sathiyamoorthy, E. (2016) ‘A novel and efficient public key encryption algorithm’, Int. J. Information and Communication Technology, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp.199–211.

Sound watermarkingComputer scientists in Morocco have developed a way to add hidden information to a digital sound file, a watermark, that could be used to protect copyright or provide meta data to users without distorting the sound being played. The approach uses the code division multiple access technique. Tests show that the multi-watermarking system works well against two statistical analytical models under-determined independent subspace analysis (UISA) and Gaussian mixture models (GMM). The data is well hidden, it is essentially inaudible, causing no distortion and is robust in duplication. The team suggests that their approach allows four times as much information to be embedded as is possible with other watermarking techniques.
Khalil, M. and Adib, A. (2016) ‘Multiple audio watermarking system based on CDMA’, Int. J. Information and Communication Technology, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp.160–176.

Supporting vaccination
A review of the history of vaccination beginning in 1800 would suggest that we are now in the third phase of this critically important part of disease prevention and healthcare, according to researchers in The Netherlands. Since the 1990s, the vaccine sector has undergone many profound changes as developments in biotechnology have led to major innovations to drive the sector forward. “After the shift from local to national vaccine fields, and then to an internationally coordinated field, the recent changes can be characterised as a shift to a more encompassing, diversified global field,” the team reports. “Globalisation is neither a ‘natural’ and inevitable process, nor is it a dynamics which merely follows straightforward business logic of profit making and capital accumulation. Instead, the global restructuration of firms and industries is better seen as a field dynamics which is the result of the interaction of a variety of different actors and organisations,” they add.
Quak, S., Heilbron, J. and Meijer, J. (2016) ‘The development of the vaccine industry, 1800–present: a historical-sociological field approach’, Int. J. Business and Globalisation, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp.224–242.

Expert detection
How do you find experts in your online social network, your cybercommunity? Researchers in Taiwan think they have the definitive answer; they have developed an “ExpertRank” system that is akin to Google’s well-known “PageRank” website evaluation system but works with people rather than pages. Tests show it works better than other expert-detection algorithms, the team reports. The team says their systems could be important in evaluating different users of a given network so that more weight can be given to the output and opinions of those deemed to be experts rather than the less-knowledgeable members of the network. “Our research has highlighted a new direction for expert identification research and proposed some practical applications for the cyber knowledge community [in knowledge management], the team says.
Chen, D-N. and Hsieh, P-C. (2016) ‘The expert identification in the cyber knowledge community’, Int. J. Computational Science and Engineering, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp.175–182.


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12 August 2016

Inderscience is media partner for Mobile Deployable Communications 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Mobile Deployable Communications (2-3 February 2017, Warsaw, Poland).

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Inderscience is media partner for China Internet and Future Manufacturing 2016

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Call for papers: "E-tourism and Stakeholder Engagement: Theories and Practices"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism.

It is recognised that we have not sufficiently explored the roles and influence of stakeholder relationships and interactions, based on the diverse managerial perspectives and different knowledge streams of the tourism and hospitality education and industry, in order to fully exploit the potentials of stakeholder engagement for the progress of the sector. This view is well supported by Ellis and Sheridan (2014) from the perspective of tourism strategy, Waligo http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261517712001884 - aff1 et al. (2013) from the perspective of sustainable tourism, and Del Chiappa and Presenza (2013) and Strobl and Peters (2013) from the perspective of tourism destination management. We will investigate how E-tourism would be instrumental to uphold the stakeholder engagement processes in diverse managerial perspectives and different knowledge streams of the tourism and hospitality education and industry, which includes but not limited to tourism strategy, sustainability and destination management. The purpose here is to understand the contemporary theoretical and practice-based implications of e-tourism in stakeholder engagement processes, in order to reinforce our current knowledge on how the tourism sector could design and deliver its products and services, in a way that is expected and accepted by the diverse stakeholders (Shams and Kaufmann, 2016; Shams 2016a), including the customers.

E-tourism is defined as the application of ICTs (information and communication technologies) on the tourism industry (Buhalis, 2003). Buhalis (2003). It is suggested that e-tourism reflects the digitisation of all processes and value chains in the tourism, travel, hospitality and catering industries. At the tactical level, it includes e-commerce and applies ICTs for maximising the efficiency and effectiveness of the tourism organisation. At the strategic level, e-tourism revolutionises all business processes, the entire value chain as well as the strategic relationships of tourism organisations with all their stakeholders. (As cited in Buhalis and Hyun Jun, 2011, p. 6)

From this perspective of e-tourism, this special issue invites conceptual and empirical research papers for peer review that analyses the influences of e-tourism on the cause and consequence of stakeholder relationships and interactions as stakeholder causal scopes (Shams, 2016b, 2016c) to understand how we could better engage the different tourism and hospitality stakeholders in the value-delivery network of the sector, in order to proactively “tackling the varying market issues, challenges and needs” (Kaufmann and Shams, 2015, np). Value is defined as: an anticipated outcome of any sort of planned and organized activity. The activity could be derived from monetary, psychic, or physical resources. The more the outcome meets initial anticipation, the more the possibility of win-win outcomes or value optimisation for all involved stakeholders (Shams, 2013, p. 244).

From this context, the submitted articles should focus on the implications of e-tourism to enhance stakeholder engagements for the better outcome of the planned and organised strategies and tactics in the tourism and hospitality sector.

Innovative studies that span theoretical boundaries, disciplines and cross-functional areas to develop new insights on e-tourism and stakeholder engagement are particularly welcome to submit.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and tourism and hospitality strategy
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and tourism and hospitality sustainability
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and tourism destination management
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and tourism and hospitality marketing
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and tourism and hospitality HRM
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and tourism and hospitality corporate governance and social responsibility
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and tourism and hospitality entrepreneurship and innovation
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and value co-creation in the tourism and hospitality sector
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and tourism and hospitality and the cross-border markets
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and tourism and hospitality PR
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and tourism and hospitality social businesses
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and performance measurement, governance and intangible assets in the tourism and hospitality sector
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and voluntary-tourism
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and wedding-tourism
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and eco-tourism
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and sports-tourism
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and pilgrimage-tourism
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and corporate-tourism
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and education-tourism
  • E-tourism, stakeholder engagement and cultural heritage and so forth

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 October, 2017 (earlier submission is highly encouraged)
Notification to authors: 15 February, 2018
Final versions due: 15 April, 2018


References
Buhalis, D. (2003). E-Tourism: Information technology for strategic tourism management. London: Pearson (Financial Times/Prentice Hall).
Buhalis, D. and Hyun Jun, S. (2011). E-tourism. In Cooper, C. (Ed.), Contemporary tourism reviews (pp. 1 - 38). Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers Limited. Del Chiappa, G. and Presenza, A. (2013). The use of network analysis to assess relationships among stakeholders within a tourism destination: An empirical investigation on Cost Smeralda-gallura, Italy. Tourism Analysis, 18 (1), 1 - 13.
Ellis, S. and Sheridan, L. (2014). A critical reflection on the role of stakeholders in sustainable tourism development in least-developed countries. Tourism Planning & Development, 11 (4), 467 - 471.
Kaufmann, H. R. and Shams, S. M. R. (2015). Entrepreneurial co-creation: A call for fresh ideas and innovative perspectives. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=6334
Shams, S. M. R. (2012). Stakeholder causal scope centric market positioning: Implications of relationship marketing indicators. In Kaufmann, H., and Panni, M. F. (Eds.), Customer-Centric Marketing Strategies: Tools for Building Organizational Performance (pp. 245-263). Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference.
Shams, S. M. R. (2016a). Sustainability issues in transnational education service: A conceptual framework and empirical insights. Journal of Global Marketing, Published online ahead of print, 10.1080/08911762.2016.1161098.
Shams, S. M. R. (2016b). Capacity building for sustained competitive advantage: A conceptual framework. Marketing Intelligence & Planning, 34 (5), 671 - 691. Shams, S. M. R. (2016c). Branding destination image: A stakeholder causal scope analysis for internationalisation of destinations. Tourism Planning & Development (formerly Tourism and Hospitality Planning & Development), 13 (2), 140 - 153.
Shams, S. M. R. and Kaufmann, H. R. (2016). Entrepreneurial co-creation: A research vision to be materialised. Management Decision, 54 (6), 1250 - 1268.
Strobl, A. and Peters, M. (2013). Entrepreneurial reputation in destination networks. Annals of Tourism Research, 40 (1), 59 - 82.
Waligo, V. M., Clarke, J. and Hawkins, R. (2013). Implementing sustainable tourism: A multi-stakeholder involvement management framework. Tourism Management, 36 (1), 342 - 353.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances

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  • Effect of instituting quality objectives on on-time delivery performance
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  • Uni-economics: impact of sunspot on human behaviour and strategic business alliances
  • Why do both marriages and strategic alliances have over 50% failure rate? A study of relationship quality of strategic alliances in China, Japan and Mauritius

11 August 2016

Special issue published: "Signal and Image Processing with Engineering Applications"

International Journal of Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering 9(4/5) 2016

Extended versions of papers presented at the Second International Conference on Automation, Control, Engineering and Computer Science (ACECS-2015).
  • Novel extraction and tumour detection method using histogram study and SVM classification
  • A microphone array beamforming-based system for multi-talker speech separation
  • Multi-level fractional order PSO new paradigm algorithm for image segmentation
  • An extended Mumford-Shah model for shape partitioning
  • Auto-connected transformer with 40° phase shifting for harmonic elimination
  • Combining watermarking and encryption algorithm for medical image safe transfer: method based on DCT
  • Fuzzy linear projection on combined multi-feature characterisation vectors for facial expression recognition enhancement
  • Hardware implementation of Gabor filter for MRI using XSG
  • Fault analysis and control of grounding power transformer
  • A content-based image retrieval using PCA and SOM
  • Text classification using scores based k-NN approach and term to category relevance weighting scheme
  • An embedded e-voting machine with smart card
  • QRS detection combining entropic criterion and wavelet transform
  • An adaptive-size median filter for impulse noise removal using neural network-based detector
  • Image denoising using Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and Pixel Surge Model (PSM)
  • Sign recognition using key frame selection

New Editor for International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation

Dr. Gunther Paul from Queensland University of Technology in Australia has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation.

Call for papers: "Resource Provisioning in Cloud Computing"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing.

This special issue invites research papers on resource provisioning in cloud computing. Cloud computing has become a business model over the years, and therefore there are many stakeholders with their own objectives. The service providers often intend to maximise their revenue along with offering a certain level of quality of service, whereas the cloud users are more interested in getting their job done via the least expensive means. At the same time, the users want to use the cloud services with a better service quality. From the system’s point of view, energy efficient provisioning is also warranted. Thus, the resource provisioning becomes a complex problem in cloud computing and to combat this there are a number of researchers working in this area to address the issues involved.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Energy-efficient provisioning
  • Provisioning in grid computing
  • Provisioning with pricing aspect
  • Provisioning with big data aspect
  • Provisioning with storage aspect
  • VM provisioning
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 March, 2017
Notification to authors 1st round: 30 May, 2017
Notification to authors 2nd round: 30 June, 2017
Final versions due: 15 July, 2017

10 August 2016

Inderscience is media partner for 2nd China Commercial Vehicle Congress 2016

Inderscience is a media partner for the 2nd China Commercial Vehicle Congress 2016 (20-22 October 2016, Shanghai, China).

The journals involved are:

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Environmental Engineering

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Environmental Engineering are now available here for free:
  • Alkali leaching of vanadium from petroleum coke and kinetics analysis
  • ANN-based PM prediction model for assessing the temporal variability of PM10, PM2.5 and PM1 concentrations at an urban roadway
  • Removal of cyanide by sorption onto protonated biomass - effect of variables and kinetic studies
  • The profiles of radial liquid velocity and mixing parameters in multi-stage bubble columns
  • Treatment of groundwater using phytoremediation technique at Kolar Gold Fields, India
  • Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater treatment plants

Call for papers: "Mathematical Methods for Signal and Image Processing"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering.

Mathematical modelling serves as a framework for defining many image and signal processing problems in literature. The design of an appropriate mathematical model simplifies the overall analysis and improves the accuracy and robustness of the processing task at hand. There are quite a few mathematical techniques which are scalable, extendable and tuneable to be suited to some of the well-known image and signal processing problems. We will focus on various mathematical frameworks for defining and solving the well-known problems in image and signal processing.
 
Designing a suitable mathematical model helps in deriving the theoretical aspects of the problem, like stability, convergence, existence and the uniqueness of the solution. Further the verification of the model in terms of these parameters (in theoretical sense) helps in designing a robust experimental setup to test and validate them. This special issue will be a good reference for the researchers working in the area of mathematical image and signal processing. All recent and relevant techniques with regard to the topic will be explored.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Variational methods for image and signal processing
  • PDE based image and signal processing
  • Wavelet models for image processing
  • Stochastic models for images and signals
  • Fast numerical algorithms for image processing
  • Image and signal reconstruction
  • Mathematical morphology
  • Image compression
  • Image registration, in-painting and analysis
  • Mathematical models in imaging (viz. medical, satellite etc.) applications
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 December, 2016
Notification to authors: 30 April, 2017
Final versions due: 30 June, 2017
 

9 August 2016

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Applied Decision Sciences are now available here for free:
  • A fuzzy economic order quantity model for items with imperfect quality and partial backordered shortage under screening errors
  • Using grey relation analysis and TOPSIS to evaluate the financial performance of Taiwan's TFT-LCD industry
  • A practical framework for assessing business intelligence competencies of enterprise systems using fuzzy ANP approach
  • Environmental multi objective uncertain transport trail model using variant of predator prey evolutionary strategy
  • A causal loop analysis of the austerity policy adopted to address the Euro crisis - effects and side effects

Special issue published: "Intangible Asset Management in Interorganisational Innovation Processes"

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development 15(2/3) 2016

  • Innovation in a globalising world: within or beyond local clusters?
  • Exploring innovation contexts: system, network and ecosystem innovation
  • Investigating the relationship between open business models and intangible assets
  • Adopting open innovation in supply networks
  • Inter-organisational innovation processes in the European food and drink industry
  • Dimensions and practices of the collaborative relationships between cultural and creative organisations and business
  • Research on China's knowledge-sharing system: under open innovation framework

Call for papers: "Machine Learning Techniques for Medical and Biological Applications"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology.

Machine learning is well recognised as an effective tool for researchers to handle problems in the medical and biological fields. It is a method of data analysis that automates analytical model building, using algorithms that iteratively learn from data and then make sophisticated decisions based on the learned practices.

Medicine involves large amounts of important data and medical application problems frequently make human-generated, rule-based heuristics intractable. In this special issue, we aim to provide a forum for presenting cutting-edge machine learning methods for medical and biological applications. Medical and biological applications may include the learning of similarities across different biomechanics; bio-photonics; medical device development, evaluation and commercialization; organ localization; and learning of anatomical changes.

We invite researchers to contribute original research articles and review articles that will address medical diagnosis approaches to provide solutions to existing medical diagnosis and treatment and biological issues.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Nano medicine
  • Biomedical signals
  • Biosensing
  • Medical robots
  • Novel surgical devices and sensors
  • Surgical and interventional systems
  • Computational physiology
  • Clinical and biological applications
  • Imaging and analysis methods for image-guided therapies
  • Physician-computer interfaces using virtual/mixed/augmented reality
  • Computer-aided modelling and evaluation of surgical procedures
  • Biological image computing
  • Neuroscience image computing
  • Computational anatomy
  • Imaging genetics
  • Medical image computing
  • Visualisation and interaction

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 25 August, 2017
Notification to authors: 25 October, 2017
Final versions due: 25 December, 2017

Mimicking luxury goods

The luxury goods market for the ultra rich encompasses jewelry, cars, clothes, tableware, ornaments and much more. If luxury hotels, travel and other services are included alongside retail sales, this sector amounted to $1 trillion dollars in 2015. As such, there is a vast grey market for goods that mimic the priciest brands but sell to people who are less well off. Ian Phau and Min Teah of Curtin Business School, at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, explain how, “brand familiarity is postulated to be a mediator between perception of luxury and product evaluation. It is found that mimicry influences perception of luxury and product evaluation of the mimic brand.”

Writing in the Inderscience publication Luxury Research Journal, the team discusses the implications for brand managers, practitioners and academics carrying out research in business and marketing. The team points out that in economically turbulent times, brand mimicry has taken a strong hold in consumers’ daily consumption and choice and imitation of luxury brands by clothing manufacturers, car designers and others is becoming the norm as the stratum below the ultra rich aspire to some kind of materialistic equity with those they perceive as being better off than themselves.

Most research into brand mimicry has investigated the black market for facsimile and fake products as opposed to legitimate mimicry that does not attempt to pass itself off as the original designer label or marque. When those characteristics are present in the mimic product, the transference of exclusivity, luxury and prestige are high, but the cost is usually lower. However, the existence of mimics in the marketplace diminishes how well the original models are received. The perception of those products as luxurious, exclusive and desirable is lessened.

Of course, there is also the possibility that a mimic brand is actually better quality, longer-lasting and more functional or useful than the original model. But, those characteristics are not what is necessarily being sought by the materialist rather they generally wish to align themselves with the luxurious brand so that they feel greater personal worth and exude that feeling in the presence of others.


Phau, I. and Teah, M. (2016) ‘The influence of brand mimicry on luxury brands‘, Luxury Research J., Vol. 1, No. 2, pp.93-109.
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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Auditing Technology

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  • Assessing accounting for citizenship: an empirical analysis of the corporate control and capital structure decisions
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  • Do AIS and MIS have a future?
  • PCI DSS - penalty of not being compliant
  • An examination of the effectiveness of test-of-controls audit procedures for detecting fraud
  • Prevalence profiling: a judgmental context for evaluating initial sample size projections in the audit context

7 August 2016

International Journal of Services Technology and Management to publish expanded papers from ICCM 2016

Extended versions of papers presented at the 2nd International Conference on Computers and Management 2016 (28-29 December 2016, Rajasthan, India) will be published by the International Journal of Services Technology and Management.

Call for papers: "Biomedical Signal and Imaging Trends and Artificial Intelligence Developments"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Computational Systems Engineering.

The aim of this special issue is explore the utilisation of medical, ultrasonic and X-ray imaging for pattern recognition, feature extraction and the classification of such signals and images. The key aim of the issue is to target application-oriented research in the field of biomedical signal and Imaging. It is not however limited to the aforementioned images, but will also cover inferred images for other medical applications. In addition, high-resolution satellite images can also be included in the context of extracting information by utilising imaging and AI methods.

Signal and image processing techniques, along with artificial intelligence, need to be researched to aid the development of medical imaging/satellite imaging for feature extraction and classification which provides more detailed diagnosis systems, preoperational knowledge and easier handling of medical and satellite data.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • X-ray/ultrasonic/MRI imaging techniques
  • Manifold learning
  • Deep learning models
  • Gram-Schmidt method
  • Depth stereo-electroencephalography signals of partial epilepsies
  • Meta-heuristic optimisation algorithms
  • Machine learning methods
  • Cascade neural networks
  • Median-cut algorithm
  • Bayesian belief networks
  • Infrared imaging
  • Satellite imaging
  • Discrete wavelet transform
  • Curvelet transform
  • Harmony search (HS) algorithm
  • DNA fragment

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 October, 2016

Inderscience is media partner for 5th China International Diesel Engine Summit

Inderscience is a media partner for the 5th China International Diesel Engine Summit (17-18 November 2016, Beijing, China).

The journals involved are:

First issue: International Journal of Smart Technology and Learning (free sample issue available)

The International Journal of Smart Technology and Learning focuses on the design, application and assessment of smart learning technologies, highlighting how smart learning technologies should be properly implemented in education to enhance smart learning. This perspective acknowledges not only the significance of emerging smart learning technologies but also the importance of educational outcomes those technologies bring. IJSmartTL encourages researchers and educators to be reflective of the use of smart educational technologies and focus on its fundamental goals.

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

6 August 2016

Call for papers: "Waterborne Transport Information and Safety"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics.

Compared to land transportation, waterborne transportation has many advantages such as lower carbon emissions, lower costs and lower likelihood of congestion. Naturally, there are also accidents of a different nature and with different consequences that are associated with waterborne transport activity.

It is therefore necessary to develop novel techniques aimed at accident prevention (e-navigation developments, traffic management practices), and measures for consequence mitigation (improved decision support systems for evacuation and flooding, ship designs and equipment).

Emerging technologies such as big data, high-performance computing, artificial intelligence and resilience engineering have had a profound impact on ways to improve waterborne transportation safety. Therefore, this special issue will focus on the discussions regarding the opportunities, challenges and initiatives of using the above emerging technologies for more efficient and safer waterborne transport processes.

The aim of this issue is to enhance the coordination of transport information and safety in the maritime and inland waterways sectors through the attraction and presentation of high-quality papers. The beneficiaries include, but are not limited to, academic researchers in the areas of transport information, transport safety and security, risk and reliability engineering, logistics, and maritime and inland waterways. The issue will make significant contributions to solutions addressing today’s challenges for shipping and transport logistics in achieving operational safety, security, resilience, sustainability and efficiency through emerging IT technologies, particularly those involving big data.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 4th International Conference on Transportation Information and Safety (ICTIS 2017), 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:
  • Waterborne transport risk modelling
  • Ship safety in extreme environments
  • Use of emerging technologies in waterborne transport
  • Efficiency and safety relating to emerging technologies in waterborne transport processes
  • Risk-based resilience engineering for ship operations
  • Green shipping and information
  • Safety and sustainable shipping
  • Climate and shipping - mitigation and adaptation
  • LNG fuelled ships - safety and sustainability
  • IoT (internet of the thing) in waterborne transport
  • Safety and risk of shipping logistics

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 1 October, 2017
Notification to authors: 1 December, 2017
Final versions due: 1 February, 2018

New Editor for International Journal of Alternative Propulsion

Dr. Haotian Wu from Purdue University in the USA has been appointed to take over editorship of theInternational Journal of Alternative Propulsion.

Call for papers: "New and Renewable Energy Resources"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Renewable Energy Technology.

This special issue aims to provide a platform where scientists, researchers, academicians, industry experts, new aspirants and students of science and technology can come together and engage in a fruitful exchange of views and ideas to pave way for new and renewable energy resources.

The scope of the issue encompasses the latest research outcomes pertaining to the energy domain in the areas of theoretical models, environmental impact, security and defence technology, innovative designs, enhancements and improvements in existing frameworks, sustainable technological advancement, societal welfare, etc. Thus the special issue intends to bring together the best minds from around the world to cover all aspects of energy technology from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on New and Renewable Energy Resources for a Sustainable future, 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:
  • Green technologies and green buildings
  • Gasification and pyrolysis
  • Alternative fuels and fuel cell technologies
  • Strategies for energy demand and use optimisation
  • Sustainable consumption and production
  • CO2 capture, storage and utilisation
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Smart grids
  • Energy metrology
  • Non-conventional energy
  • Solar energy technologies
  • Energy modelling and analysis
  • Socio-economic impact and policies
  • Nanotechnology
  • Energy storage technologies
  • Environmental pollution control

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 5 February, 2017
Notification to authors: 5 April, 2017
Final versions due: 5 June, 2017

Free sample articles newly available from World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research

The following sample articles from the World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research are now available here for free:
  • Extended service use and new product possibilities in Swedish trucking: case study
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  • A review of mode choice modelling techniques for intra-city and border transport
  • The role of contracts in achieving effective governance of intermodal terminals
  • Something old is new again: airline-airport consortia and key stakeholder benefits

5 August 2016

Call for papers: "Cyber-Assurance: The Next-Generation of Cyber-Security and Information Assurance for Computer Security"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Internet of Things and Cyber-Assurance.

This special issue addresses broad issues on cyber-security and information assurance in the context of cyber-assurance, from a technical and operational perspective. The main goal of is to bring together research which presents recent advances and achievements addressing the challenges related to cyber-assurance in traditional, cloud, distributed, grid and wireless computing environments. Additionally, we seek to provide academics, researchers, and practitioners with an opportunity to share their perspectives on the various aspects of cyber-assurance research, industry best practices and pedagogical developments of interest within the information security field.
 
Cyber-Assurance is emerging as a paradigm for the use and delivery of automated and/or embedded security amongst smart networks and devices. Due to the heavy utilisation of wireless technologies and the advent of innovative technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), this renders data communications and operations very complicated. At the same time, the pace of processing data is significantly accelerated with the focus of how the data is delivered to these new systems, whereas the quick shifting of the focus will inevitably bring about swift and constant changes in the tactics of information security. New information assurance measures are required to be taken to secure these new infrastructures including using different kinds of automated technical defence measures and traffic monitoring and analysing processes and services executed within these new environments.
 
We encourage the submission of papers presenting novel research and development on technical related aspects on cyber-assurance. The papers may present new concepts and approaches related to cyber-assurance, automated tools and systems providing practical implementations supporting such methods and approaches, and the integration and configuration of security services in information systems architectures. In addition, we are also interested in application papers discussing the applicability of these methods and techniques to real-world problems. Submissions of original and unpublished works are invited, including research, theory and applications.
 
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-50), 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:
  • Defensive monitoring technologies,
  • Cyber threat and damage assessments
  • Identification and classification of cyber-attacks
  • Cyber anomalies and offenders
  • Incident response
  • Risk management
  • Trend analysis
  • Cyber policies and strategies to deal with security vulnerabilities
  • Internet of Things security
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 1 March, 2017
Notification to authors: 15 April, 2017
Final versions due: 1 May, 2017

Special issue published: "Challenges and Solutions in Wireless Network Security"

International Journal of Information and Computer Security 8(2) 2016
  • A novel approach to enhance the network lifetime for hybrid routing protocol
  • An MDA approach to secure access to data on cloud using implicit security
  • Lightweight identity-based authentication protocol for wireless sensor networks
  • Key pre-distribution schemes to support various architectural deployment models in WSN
  • Performance comparison of TCP, UDP and TFRC in static wireless environment
  • Formally verified TSM centric privacy preserving NFC mobile payment framework and protocol 

New Editor for International Journal of Vehicle Information and Communication Systems

Associate Prof. Chih-Shun Hsu from Shih Hsin University in Taiwan has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Vehicle Information and Communication Systems.

Call for papers: "Social Media and Social Media Marketing in Tourism, Hospitality and Culture"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism.

The last decade’s digitalisation of society and development of Web 2.0 and social media has had a profound impact on how both consumers and organisations communicate and interact online. (Kaplan and Haenlein 2010, Berthon et al 2012). The expectations on tourism/hospitality organisations to implement and use social media technologies are increasing, due to the large usage among customers and stakeholders (Berthron et al 2012). Organisations use social media not only for internal communication but also for marketing purposes in order to communicate and create relationships with their customers. (Baird and Paranasis 2011). Despite the potential for competitive advantages and the growing use of social media technologies, many organisations are not convinced of its value. This is partly due to the difficulties of evaluating the usage of social media and the return of investment (ROI) (Hannah et al 2011, Weinberg et al 2011) but also factors like fear of losing control over the organisational brand and the fear that social media usage also may cause a conflict with the existing organisational culture. (Parameswaran and Whinston 2007, Berthon et al 2012). Researchers argue that to answer why and how organisations should implement and use social media is not yet obvious. (Weinberg et al 2011). Social media related topics have been investigated in the context of tourism/hospitality and culture in recent years, with the focus on both organisations and customers. However, there has been limited research undertaken on some aspects of social media such as social media implementation, organisational usage, eWOM, user-generated-content, and organisational learning. (Sigala et al 2012, Minazzi 2015).

This special issue welcomes contributions examining theoretical and empirical studies addressing organisational, managerial, technical, and marketing perspectives on social media in organisations and the usage of social media in tourism/hospitality and culture. We invite submissions on a broad range of issues in this regard, and invite studies that provide greater clarity regarding the conceptual domain of social media and digitalisation in tourism/hospitality and culture.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Social media implementation and usage
  • Evaluation of social media implementation and usage in the workplace
  • Social media and knowledge management
  • Social media and organisational learning
  • Social media marketing/strategies
  • Social media and ROI
  • E-WOM in social media
  • Co-creating value and engagement using social media marketing
  • User-generated-content
  • Culture heritage of social media

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 April, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 June, 2017
Final versions due: 30 August, 2017


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