19 October 2017

Special issue published: "Big Data-Oriented Science, Technologies and Applications"

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering 15(3/4) 2017
  • Time constraint influence maximization algorithm in the age of big data
  • Analysing user retweeting behaviour on microblogs: prediction model and influencing features
  • Multi-criteria decisional approach for extracting relevant association rules
  • Efficient attribute selection strategies for association rule mining in high dimensional data
  • A robust video watermarking scheme using sparse principal component analysis and wavelet transform
  • Optimisation for video watermarking using ABC algorithm
  • DWT-based grey-scale image watermarking using area of best fit equation and cuckoo search algorithm
  • Term extraction and correlation analysis based on massive scientific and technical literature
  • Towards patent text analysis based on semantic role labelling
  • System architecture of coastal remote sensing data mining and services based on cloud computing
  • Collating multisource geospatial data for vegetation detection using Bayesian network - a case study of Yellow River Delta
  • A comparative study on disease risk model in exploratory spatial analysis
  • Hybrid fuzzy collaborative filtering: an integration of item-based and user-based clustering techniques
Additional papers
  • High quality multi-core multi-level algorithm for community detection
  • The improved indoor localisation algorithm based on wireless sensor network
  • Tracking multiple targets based on min-cost network flows with detection in RGB-D data

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Business Competition and Growth

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Business Competition and Growth are now available here for free:
  • Consumer product preferences of organisations that use cause-related marketing - taking the less travelled road
  • Competition in Indian life insurance industry: post liberalisation evidence
  • Price discovery and dynamics of Indian equity exchange traded funds
  • Changing lifestyles in the age of fear: projective analysis of social insecurity and consumption patterns
  • Money attitudes, credit card and compulsive buying behaviour: a study on Indian consumers
  • Mediating role of job satisfaction in the relationship between core self-evaluation and employee outcomes
  • Understanding dimensions of customer-based brand equity in banks
  • Employees' perspectives on the effectiveness of computerisation of retail banking operations in India: analysis of public and private bank segments

New Editor for International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Multiscale Mechanics

Prof. Yufeng Yao from the University of the West of England has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Multiscale Mechanics.

Special issue published: "The Youth Olympic Games: Management and Legacy"

International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing 17(4/5/6) 2017
  • 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games: planning for a volunteer legacy
  • A neo-institutionalist analysis of sport event leveraging strategies and tactics
  • The Youth Olympic Games as an opportunity for sports entrepreneurship
  • Governance and knowledge management and transfer: the case of the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games
  • Patterns of influence: relationship with the IOC as seen by the organisers of the Youth Olympic Winter Games 2016
  • Do the Youth Olympic Games have the potential to shift perceptions of Olympism? Evidence from young people's views on Olympic values 
  • How skateboarding made it to the Olympics: an institutional perspective
  • The evolution of Twitter communication by Youth Olympic Games organising committees

18 October 2017

Special issue published: "The Complexity of Leading Learning Organisations: Theories, Knowledge, Processes and Practices"

International Journal of Learning and Change 9(4) 2017

  • Knowledge management system model for learning organisations
  • An exploratory study of informal learning and team performance in the pre-consulting phase
  • Analysis of intellectual capital based on quantity, quality, and systematic assessment: a case study of seven industrial centres in Bandung, Indonesia
  • Gap analysis of Zalora online application: Indonesian users' perspectives
  • Maturity assessment of knowledge management at PT. Cellular Tbk.: a case study at a telecommunication operator in Indonesia
  • Purposing division strategy for pharmaceutical producer Dexa Medica in the demanding market

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:
  • Computer simulation for dynamic characteristics of proton exchange membrane fuel cell
  • Research on ship-hull plate's curve forming by means of line heating with variable velocity
  • Multi-domain unified modelling and control parameters optimisation of magnetorheological brake based on Modelica
  • A general boundary scan test system based on EDIF netlist file transfer to Protel netlist file
  • Predicting structural properties of amorphous silicon carbonitride by atomistic simulation
  • A synthetical modelling for machine tool feed drives
  • Random fatigue analysis of drill-pipe threaded connection
  • A review on design of interface structure in micro/nano manufacturing
  • Evaluation of mode 1 stress intensity factor for edge crack using displacement extrapolation method
  • Doping level effect on the luminescence efficiency of Sm3+-doped BaWO4 phosphors prepared by sol-gel process

Inderscience is media partner for Drug Discovery 2018

Inderscience is a media partner for Drug Discovery 2018 (21-22 March 2018, London, UK).

The journals involved are:
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Special issue published: "The Evolutionary Perspective and Behavioural Approach: The State of the Art, Possibilities and Constraints"

International Journal of Economics and Business Research 14(3/4) 2017
  • Evolutionary economics, organisational evolution, and behavioural approach: in search of commonalities
  • Individual investors' attitude towards online stock trading: some evidence from a developing country
  • Organisational ecosystem and stakeholders view.In search of epistemological logic in management
  • The contextual meaning of routines
  • An evolutionary model of science policy: routines and the growth of knowledge in policy-making organisations
  • Incentive under market system along with informational symmetry to boost up customer attitude toward self-service banking: a proposal
  • Comparative evolutionary study on transitions of national innovation systems in the Baltic Region
  • Machiavellianism, perception on tax administration, religiosity and love of money towards tax compliance: exploratory survey on individual taxpayers in Bandung City, Indonesia
  • Vietnam's retailer and performance enhancement: proposed theoretical model from strategic leadership and collective organisational engagement perspectives
  • A cellular automata model for safe investment based on expert's recommendations

17 October 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems are now available here for free:
  • Dimensional synthesis of six-bar Stephenson III mechanism for 12 precision points path generation
  • A restatement of the optimum synthesis of function generators with planar four-bar and slider-crank mechanisms examples
  • A new method for distinct inversions and isomorphism detection in kinematic chains
  • A new approach for obtaining the dynamic balancing conditions in serial mechanisms
  • Static balancing of highly reconfigurable articulated wheeled vehicles for power consumption reduction of actuators
  • Optimal balancing of slider-crank servomechanism: closed-loop optimal position control approach

Special issue published: "Trade, Capital Structure and Currency Values: A Cross-Disciplinary Review"

International Journal of Monetary Economics and Finance 10(3/4) 2017
  • A study on analysis of the determinants of capital structure with special focus on automobile sector of India
  • Debt or equity? Optimal capital structure in Indonesia's construction sector companies listed in Indonesia stock exchange (IDX)
  • Predicting the financial distress of Indonesian manufacturing companies: an application of the multinomial logit model
  • The influence of accounting education on the prospects of becoming a member of the chartered accountant profession: opportunities, challenges and expectations of Indonesia towards the ASEAN economic community
  • The effect of corporate governance's application on banks' performance: empirical study of banks listed on the Indonesian Stock Exchange
  • Implementation of corporate governance and mandatory disclosure in the Indonesian banking sector: good news or bad news
  • An analysis on financial and social performance of Islamic banks in Indonesia
  • Market timing and stock selection performance of mutual fund in bull and bear market condition
  • Ownership structures and productivity in Indonesia and Malaysia
  • Safe harbours for intra-group loans in Eurozone: experience from selected countries
  • Analysis of short- and long-run interactions between real exchange rate and private domestic investment in South Africa
  • Labour mobility in the European Union: What can ASEAN learn?
Additional papers
  • Does inflation targeting lower inflation? If yes, then when?
  • The effects of interest rates, stock prices and trading day to the duration of daily exchange rate pattern: using survival analysis

16 October 2017

Special issue published: "Pursuing Pentahelix Industry Collaboration: An Asian Regional Integration Challenge"

International Journal of Business and Globalisation 19(4) 2017
  • How to build sustainable innovation capability in supply chain management
  • Shareholders' preferences on initial leverage in the determination of firm's leverage 
  • Effect of hedonic value and consumer knowledge on buying intention for luxury brand counterfeit products
  • Musnaini Musnaini; Sri Wahyuni Astuti; Badri Munir Sukoco; Syahmardi Yacob
  • DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2017.10007899
  • 512-527 The determinant factors of asset and liability management and the bank performance: empirical study on foreign exchange commercial banks in Indonesia from 2008 to 2013
  • Herlanto Anggono
  • DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2017.10007900
  • 528-548 Spiritual leadership of an Indonesian Muslim business leader: a religious spirituality perspective 
  • Marwansyah
  • DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2017.10007896
  • 549-566 Organisational climate and employee commitment to employee performance in regional secretariat Ngawi district
  • Ifada Rahmayanti; Wildan Ardita; H. Joeliaty
  • DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2017.10007901
  • 567-582 Market orientation, buyer-supplier relationship and firm performance with dynamic capabilities as an intervening variable: a research model

15 October 2017

Research Picks Extra – October 2017

Tweeting at the movies
The amount of data generated by online social networks increases significantly day by day and marketing executives from all kinds of industries need ways to analyze this information efficiently to improve their company profits and customer engagement. Reserachers in South Korea have looked at identifying market-applicable insights concerning textual big data, such as the vast numbers of updates on the microblogging service Twitter, commonly known as “tweets” by analogy with the site’s avian affectation. Electronic word-of-mouth (e-WoM) is important for consumers who are always connected through their mobile and desktop devices. However, the team hoped to isolate e-WoM effects in moviegoer choices from the tweets. They have now found that which movie people go to see can be strongly influenced bv the tweets they see whether positive or negative and this can therefore have a direct impact on the industry’s revenues regardless of the more usual word-of-mouth effects.
How people utilise tweets on movie selection? The reverse effects of e-WoM valence on movie sales‘, kang, H., Chai, S., Kim, H.U. (2017), Int. J. Mobile Commun., Vol.15, No.5, pp.537 – 553

Clearing the pipelines
As crude oil ages it forms heavy, viscous waxes that can stick to the interiors of pipelines and storage vessels and ultimately lead to blockages. It is the formation of long-chain paraffins that is to blame. Costs of blockages can amount to huge losses and costs of billions of dollars ultimately. Indian researchers have now reviewed in detail microbial degradation of waxy crude oils and the different mechanisms of hydrocarbon degradation that might be exploited to clear such blockages. On this basis, they suggest an approach to screening for optimal microorganism suitable for different environmental conditions in pipeline cleanup in different parts of the world as well as in oil spill bioremediation and microbial-based enhanced oil recovery techniques.
Enhanced microbial degradation of waxy crude oil: a review on current status and future perspective‘, Sakthipriya, N., Doble, M., and Sangwai, J.S. (2017) Int. J. Oil, Gas Coal Technol., 2017 Vol.16, No.2, pp.130 – 165.

Climate change denial
There are many infamous and prominent public figures who deny the science underpinning climate change. Researchers in the USA have investigated public perceptions of the risks associated with climate change because such perceptions are an important factor in the public’s willingness to support efforts to mitigate against climate change. Their analysis suggests that increased objective risk and individual capacity result in significantly higher perception of risk from climate change, whereas higher individual climate stress results in lower risk perceptions. Given that many policymakers are in denial regarding climate change, this could be a serious problem as we face growing threats from extreme weather and rising temperatures.
Understanding climate change risk perception in the USA‘, Grover, H., Brody, S.D., and Vedlitz, A. (2017) Int. J. Global Warming, 2017 Vol.13, No.2, pp.113 – 137.

13 October 2017

Special issue published: "Energy, Transportation and Global Warming"

International Journal of Global Warming 13(3/4) 2017
  • Environmental impact assessment of renewables and conventional fuels for different end use purposes
  • Experimental investigation to reduce CO2 emission in a single cylinder CI engine using low carbon fuel blend with Karanja oil methyl ester and amine injection in the exhaust manifold
  • An environmental and economic evaluation of the lignite power generation system by using the life cycle analysis principles
  • Analysis of the start-up and variable load operation of a combined cycle power plant for off-grid mines
  • Industrial waste materials and naturally occurring minerals as inexpensive oxygen carriers for chemical looping combustion
  • Transport sector adaptation: actions and prospects
  • The driving factors of CO2 emissions from electricity generation in Greece: an index decomposition analysis
  • Exploring possible impacts of sea level rise: the case of Izmir, Turkey
  • Potential impact of global warming on whiting in a semi-enclosed gulf
  • Potential economic and environmental benefits from the interconnection of the Greek islands
  • Smart hybrid renewable microgeneration system for residential applications
  • Residual lipids incorporation in a petroleum refinery

12 October 2017

Special issue published: "Model and Data Engineering – Part II"

International Journal of Intelligent Information and Database Systems 10(3/4) 2017
  • Security-aware elasticity for NoSQL databases in multi-cloud environments
  • Cloud patterns for mobile collaborative applications
  • Intelligent system for cultural objects identification, damage assessment and restoration
  • An interoperable open data framework for discovering popular tours based on geo-tagged tweets
  • Specific K-mean clustering-based perceptron for dengue prediction
  • Semi-active learning to rank algorithms for document retrieval

International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices to publish expanded papers from 13th International Conference of the Telemedicine Society of India

Extended versions of papers presented at the 13th International Conference of the Telemedicine Society of India (9-11 November 2017, Pune, India) will be published by the International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices.

Special issue published: "Putting Together Environmental Sustainability and Profitability in Logistics and Supply Chains"

International Journal of Business and Systems Research 11(4) 2017
  • The adoption of green initiatives in logistics service providers - a strategic perspective
  • Firm performance and environmental collaboration in manufacturing
  • A decision-tree-based study of the effect of the objective structure of the supply chain members on their sustainability-related behaviour
  • Cabotage and sulphur regulation change: cost effects to Northern Europe
  • Sustainable behaviour of manufacturers in supply chain context - an international approach 
  • In the search for the infinite servers queue with Poisson arrivals busy period distribution exponential behaviour

First issue: International Journal of Digital Signals and Smart Systems (free sample issue available)

The International Journal of Digital Signals and Smart Systems provides a unifying framework for a wide range of engineering disciplines and industrial applications, highlighting experimental applications and industrial studies. It encompasses practical aspects of the theory and methods of electrical engineering, and the synergetic integration of systems engineering with electronic, intelligent computer control and signal analysis in the design and manufacture of industrial products and processes. It thus brings together several specialities and research areas to realise significant industrial applications.

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

9 October 2017

Special issue published: "Managing Human Resources in Emerging Economies"

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management 17(3/4) 2017
  • A journey into the heart of workaholism from cross-cultural perspective
  • Creativity at workplace: role of self-efficacy and harmonious passion
  • Recruiting for international assignments: looking beyond technical knowledge
  • The impact of work culture on employee satisfaction - empirical evidence from the Indian banking sector
  • Predictors of graduate employability in Indian information technology sector
  • Information technology in relation to human resource management: an impact evaluation study on Indian banking sector
  • Human resource flexibility and organisational effectiveness: mediating role of organisational citizenship behaviour
  • Trust and continuous sensemaking: case study on internal dynamics in an industrial company
  • Age and job satisfaction: an empirical investigation among the pharmaceutical sales and marketing professionals in India

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience are now available here for free:
  • Shaping the international logistics strategy in the internationalisation process
  • Supply chain risk management research: avenues for further studies
  • Supply chain risk management: creating an agenda for future research
  • Ambidextrous supply chain in an emerging market: impacts on innovation and performance

Special issue published: "New Models and Tools in Lifelong Learning"

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning 27(4) 2017
  • Transformational model for engineering education from content-based to outcome-based education
  • Outcome-based personalised learning measurement tool for engineering education at INTI International University - INTI OBE tool (IOBET)
  • Study and design of a pico-hydropower plant for academic education and research use
  • Robotics in primary school in the opinion of prospective and in-service teachers. A comparison study
  • Exploring the effect of VoIP tools as a foreign language instruction on learners' English speaking errors
  • Implementing blogs for developing academic writing skills in a variety of higher educational contexts
  • Study on online self-learning platform of specialised courses from the perspective of constructivism

New Editor for International Journal of Lean Enterprise Research

Dr. Yi-Chi Wang from Feng Chia University in Taiwan has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Lean Enterprise Research.

8 October 2017

Special issue published: "Cross-Border Entrepreneurship"

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 32(3) 2017
  • The path to brand loyalty in the beer market
  • Knowledge, innovation, internationalisation and performance: insights from the Portuguese footwear industry
  • Linking internal mobility with work stress and job involvement: a comparative study between Spanish and Dutch employees
  • SMEs' international markets entry: testing the theory with Portuguese evidence
  • KIBS' key dimensions: a qualitative study on innovation, knowledge, networks, location and internationalisation
  • Cooperative entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico
  • Preservation of Malaysian handicraft to support tourism development

7 October 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Network Centric Warfare 2018

Inderscience is a media partner for Network Centric Warfare 2018 (1-2 February 2018, Rome, Italy).

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Special issue published: "Innovative Business Aspects in Embedded Systems"

International Journal of Intelligent Enterprise 4(1/2) 2017
  • Multi-user utility pattern based cloud service negotiation for quality of service improvement: an implicit interest prediction approach
  • Towards data centre resource scheduling via hybrid cuckoo search algorithm in multi-cloud environment
  • The effects of e-banking quality on customers' trust-satisfaction and commitment: a field study on users of Jordanian banks
  • Integration of location-based information into mobile learning management system to verify scientific formulas in informal learning environment
  • Beef and horse meat discrimination and storage time classification using a portable device based on DSP and PCA method
  • Modelling and simulation DC-DC power converter buck for mobile applications using MATLAB/Simulink
  • A logistical perspective on provisioning resources in ad hoc virtual cloud to access business modules for an enterprise
  • Integrating WLI fuzzy clustering with grey neural network for missing data imputation
  • Optimising business intelligence results through strategic application of software process model
  • Internet of things' business impact and its application layer protocol in embedded systems
  • Security model on mobile banking application: attack simulation and countermeasures
  • Hybrid modelling of an off line Arabic handwriting recognition system: results and evaluation

6 October 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Mobile Deployable Communications 2018

Inderscience is a media partner for Mobile Deployable Communications 2018 (1-2 February 2018, Warsaw, Poland).

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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Intelligent Enterprise

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Intelligent Enterprise are now available here for free:
  • Redundancy effect on coal-fired power plant availability
  • Critical-to-life classification for managing inventory in a healthcare supply chain
  • Demand responsive transportation for creative tourism logistics planning
  • A methodology for modelling energy use in the agriculture sector for the Pakistan integrated energy model
  • On the distribution of an (r, Q) inventory with lead time via multi server queues

Inderscience is media partner for Microbiome Futures: A Global Translational Roadmap

Inderscience is a media partner for Microbiome Futures: A Global Translational Roadmap (23 May 2018, New York, USA).

The journal involved are is the International Journal of Computational Microbiology and Medical Ecology.

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International Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology increases issues

The International Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology has announced that it will be increasing issues from four to six from 2019 onwards.

5 October 2017

Special issue published: "Sustainable Place Marketing"

International Journal of Tourism Policy 7(3) 2017
  • Impact of socio-demographic characteristics on 'a priori' and 'in situ' destination image: case study - Linz, Austria
  • The relationship between tripographics, demographics and travel information sources: a case analysis of inbound travellers to Tanzania
  • An analysis of the social media practices for sustainable medical tourism destination marketing 
  • Developing community-based tours for greater stakeholder benefit and commitment

Special issue published: "Economic Complexity and Complexity of Economics"

International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics 7(4) 2017
  • Knowledge externalities and production in network: game equilibria, types of nodes, network formation
  • Topological analysis of migration flows (the case of political refugees)
  • The double role of GDP in shaping the structure of the International Trade Network
  • Big data analysis of foreign exchange rates among Japan, South Korea and Taiwan
  • Derivation of econometric estimable functions of intra-trade industry: the case of the Norwegian intra-continental import trade pattern
  • A chaotic model approach for electricity price forecasting in Indian scenario
  • datanet: a Stata routine for organising a dataset for network analysis purposes

4 October 2017

Special issue published: "Recent Advancements in Vehicle Vibration and Energy Harvesting Research"

International Journal of Vehicle Performance 3(4) 2017
  • Study on sound absorbing mechanism of MPP affected by bending resonance of panel
  • Design of resonance frequency of smart Helmholtz resonator
  • The deformation mechanism on origami-based foldable structures
  • Hydroforming process of manufacturing for reverse spiral origami structure
  • Heat source temperature control investigation of a hydraulic retarder based organic Rankine cycle
  • Vehicle energy absorbers consisting of foldable cylinders using response surface methodology

Special issue published: "Advances in Technology and Management in a Global World"

International Journal of Information Technology and Management 16(4) 2017
  • Enhancing BRICS integration: a cloud-based green supply chain concept
  • Evaluating the competitiveness of Indian metro cities: in smart city context
  • Big data analytics for exploratory social network analysis
  • The internet of things - new value streams for customers
  • Antecedents for success of e-commerce platforms: an investigative approach
  • Study of repeated e-government project audit based on text mining

3 October 2017

Special issue published: "Global Energy and Sustainable Development"

International Journal of Global Energy Issues 40(5) 2017
  • Do institutional factors affect the efficiency of GDP and CO2 emission? Evidence from Gulf and Maghreb countries
  • Energy and CO2 emissions as the determinants of countries' productivity with different levels of economic development
  • The impact of transport and foreign direct investment on energy consumption: recent evidence from high, middle and low income countries
  • Energy security in the Eastern Mediterranean
Additional paper
  • Risk minimisation: the failure of electricity intra-day forward contracts

Inderscience is media partner for 7th Annual Small Hydro Latin America

Inderscience is a media partner for 7th Annual Small Hydro Latin America (5-6 December 2017, Medellin, Colombia).

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1 October 2017

Research Picks – October 2017

Almost silent demolition
Researchers in Ireland, the UK, and the USA have investigated the properties of soundless chemical demolition agents (SCDAs) for the significant benefits of no harmful shock waves, no explosive sound, and no risk of explosives being used for malicious intent. These materials are used as a non-detonating alternative to dynamite and other explosive materials for quarrying, mining, and demolition. They are added to a liquid, usually water, and poured into drilled holes or cracks in a site or building. Over the course of several hours they expand causing further fracturing of rock or building structure. There has been a concern that experimental SCDAs would be ineffective below a certain ambient temperature, however, the research now shows that ambient temperature retards onset of initial fracturing but it is the nature of the materials to be fractured, their strength, that ultimately determines how effective a given SCDA process is.
Huynh, M.P., Laefer, D.F., McGuill, J. and White, A. (2017) ‘Temperature-related performance factors for chemical demolition agents‘, Int. J. Masonry Research and Innovation, Vol. 2, Nos. 2/3, pp.220-240.

Cyber impersonation

Malicious attacks on computer systems are becoming more frequent as is the sophistication of the attacks. Now, researchers in Spain have developed a meta-heuristic learning approach that could be implemented as a non-intrusive detection method for spotting so-called impersonation attacks in online social networks. Such attacks are used by cybercriminals and others with malicious intent to gain private and personal information that might then be escalated to a more complete attack on the individual, such as identity theft, or widespread attack on a large database and the leaking of millions of user records, for instance. The new detection method measures connection time of users on a social network and combined with historical data and other factors can reveal whether an individual’s account has been compromised and issue a warning or block activity summarily.
Villar-Rodriguez, E., Del Ser, J., Gil-Lopez, S., Bilbao, M.N. and Salcedo-Sanz, S. (2017) ‘A meta-heuristic learning approach for the non-intrusive detection of impersonation attacks in social networks‘, Int. J. Bio-Inspired Computation, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp.109-118.

Social emotion

Researchers in India have looked at the nine human emotions in the context of social networking activity and the implications for what is commonly referred to as viral marketing. Given that for many people their social networks are the source of much opinion and information as well as the content from artistic creators and marketers alike, it is easy to see how such networks influence what people share and on which they opine. Ultimately, the team’s analysis of emotional content online might be used by marketing departments at commercial and other concerns to improve the response to ongoing campaigns.
Amalanathan, A. and Anouncia, S.M. (2017) ‘Influence of human emotion expressed through social networks in viral marketing‘, Int. J. Business Information Systems, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp.15-32.

Clean water with light
Photocatalysis could be used to make water safe to drink, particularly, in developing countries. According to researchers from Iran and Malaysia, nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (titania) can be used as the photocatalyst for destroying pathogenic bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) when ultraviolet light is shone on the water. The nanoparticles can then be removed by filtration. The team has demonstrated that the optimal photocatalyst concentration is 0.5 grams per litre. They have now investigated the kinetics of the photocatalytic degradation process to obtain a model of how the process works with a view to improvement. Increased UV light intensity and system aeration are the most effective ways to boost the photocatalytic reaction, the team reports.
Mojtaba Khani; Nor Aishah Saidina Amin; Seyed Nezamedin Hosseini; Mahshid Heidarrezaei (2017) ‘Kinetics study of the photocatalytic inactivation of Escherichia coli‘, Int. J. of Nano and Biomaterials, Vol 26, No. 3/4, pp 139-150.

29 September 2017

Protect against browser needlesticks

Most users have at least one browser extension or plugin running in their software. These add-ons commonly enhance the web browsing experience by provide tools that simplify password management, document viewing and editing, or assist in the viewing and interaction with a given web page. However, as with all software, extensions are vulnerable to the attention of malicious users and programmers who might intercept an extension in order to take control of a user’s computer, spy on the user, or steal their personal and private data.

Writing in the International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity, Kailas Patil of the Department of Computer Engineering, at Vishwakarma Institute of Information Technology (VIIT), in Pune, India, points out that permission controls preclude certain kinds of malicious attack that exploits a browser extension. However, such controls do not block all possible scripts that might breach one’s system and many users simply grant extensions all permissions without due consideration. He points out that content scripts pose a serious threat to user confidentiality and the integrity of web application data.

One permission that is commonly accepted by lay users is to allow a script to inject content into a web page. This usually adds functionality, such as page touch-up, page content translation, user input capturing, and other beneficial characteristics. However, once a content script is injected into a web page it has full privileges to access the web application’s resources. If such a script is rendered malicious by a hacker or rogue programmer or is simply offered by an unscrupulous organization then a user may be readily compromised by that extension. In Patil’s study of 50 extensions from ten different categories in the Google web store, more than three quarters of extensions injected content scripts into arbitrary websites.

Patil has now developed a kind of browser sandbox, which he refers to as SessionGuard. This system isolates content scripts in their own environment, the shadow DOM. From this virtual shadow world, any given content script only gets to see an encrypted view of the web application data passing between client and server, It can still carry out the tasks for which it is designed but without the extension itself being able to reveal data to a (malicious) third party.

“We have developed a proof-of-concept prototype in the Google Chrome web browser with little effect on normal browsing experience,” Patil says. “Our experiments with real-world browser extensions demonstrate the effectiveness of the SessionGuard in protecting the confidentiality and integrity of web application data against malicious content scripts.”

Patil, K. (2017) ‘Isolating malicious content scripts of browser extensions’, Int. J. Information Privacy, Security and Integrity, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.18–37.

28 September 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity are now available here for free:
  • A framework for privacy aware data management in relational databases
  • Information assurance: a cyber security storm map
  • Using non-verbal social signals and degree centrality to optimise a covert actor's detection scheme for a healthy networked community
  • A computational framework for detecting malicious actors in communities

International Journal of Project Organisation and Management to publish expanded papers from 3rd Social Science & Business Research Network (SSBRN) Symposium

Extended versions of papers presented at the 3rd Social Science & Business Research Network (SSBRN) Symposium (11-12 October 2018, Osaka Japan) will be published by the Int. J. of Project Organisation and Management.

27 September 2017

Special issue published: "Managing Business Challenges Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship"

Global Business and Economics Review 19(5) 2017
  • Innovation in small and medium enterprises: the impact of open innovation practices on firm's performance
  • The impact of R&D and information technology on innovation performance of Greek SMEs 
  • Public relations and reputation in small organisations: creating identity and building reputation for success
  • Economic sustainability of the olive oil high and super-high density cropping systems in Italy
  • Cross border acquisitions and R&D activities: a comparative study in the Italian red biotech industry
  • Corporate finance in renewable energy investments - a review about theory and practice
  • Management control in Italian SMEs 
  • Cooperating for competing - a small Italian wineries' internationalisation strategy case study

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Abrasive Technology

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  • Chip root analyses in peripheral longitudinal up-grinding by means of a new quick-stop devic
  • A review on properties of abrasive grits and grit selection
  • Appropriate application of pneumatic barrier for improving grinding performance
  • Polyolefins structure formation effected by addition of industrial natural diamond powders
  • Two-axis ultrasonic vibration transducer driven by single actuator and its application in precision polishing

Coping with stressful organizational change

Stress is not a recent phenomenon, but the modern work environment seems to highlights its detrimental effects on employees. This is no more obvious than during times of organisational change. Research published in the International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, considers the impact of such changes on workers in a healthcare authority in New Zealand, highlighting the problems that any organization might face under such circumstances and pointing to possible methods to cope and remediate employee stress.

Stress is present to some degree in any organizational context as employees, including managers, grapple with a host of work demands, suggests Roy Smollan of the Department of Management, at Auckland University of Technology. Individuals all have different coping strategies although ultimately not everyone copes. It all depends on the specific stressors, the individual’s personality, emotional intelligence, and their social identity. Moreover, specific stressors need tailored coping strategies, suggests Smollan. He reports that stress is exacerbated when processes, such as organizational change exist in a cloud of ambiguity and uncertainty, when those processes are undertaken without consultation with employees, and when changes are either miscommunicated or not communicated at all.

Smollan’s case study of a New Zealand healthcare authority undergoing major restructuring represents a quite unique qualitative examination of the stresses of work life as those involved are caught up in the tumultuous processes of organizational change. It focused on how individuals attempted to maintain their psychological wellbeing during these changes and learned to cope with the stress. Fundamentally, while many people involved eschewed help from others and relied more on their strengths, in part for fear of appearing weak, accessing support networks was critical for others. For all involved being proactive in problem solving and managing one’s thoughts and emotions during stressful times were nevertheless important for everyone involved.

“Managers have a key role to play in anticipating when organizational change may elicit stress and in helping those affected to cope with it,” concludes Smollan.

Smollan, R.K. (2017) ‘Learning to cope with stressful organisational change’, Int. J. Work Organisation and Emotion, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp.148–167.

How old does your computer think you are?

Computerised face recognition is an important part of initiatives to develop security systems, in building social networks, in curating photographs, and many other applications. Systems that allow a computer to estimate with precision a person’s age based on an analysis of their face are discussed in the International Journal of Applied Pattern Recognition.

Jayant Jagtap and Manesh Kokare of the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, at the Shri Guru Gobind Singhji Institute of Engineering and Technology, in Vishnupuri, Nanded, India, suggest that age classification adds a useful layer to such security systems, customer relationship management, and of course for surveillance. The team has carried out a detailed survey of age classification systems to reveal the pros and cons of each and to point new research in the right direction for the development of an even more accurate algorithm than any that currently exists. Indeed, their survey reveals that despite the best efforts of developers there is no real-time highly accurate algorithm for age classification yet in existence. The existing age classification systems commonly use geometric ratios of facial features and analysis of wrinkles in the skin.

One of the problems facing developers of such a tool is that databases containing images of a person’s face tend not to accumulate images at different ages. This limits how well an algorithm might be trained based on a database of photos at known ages. While there are many serious tools and many spurious or fun tools available on the internet, there are no public systems that allow a computer to guess how old you are with useful accuracy. This may well be a positive point to make from the personal privacy point of view but not for the wider implications of face recognition and age categorization.

Jagtap, J. and Kokare, M. (2017) ‘Human age classification via face images: a survey’, Int. J. Applied Pattern Recognition, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp.246–260.

26 September 2017

Chronic wasting disease

One of the most contagious of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, is chronic wasting disease (CWD) which affects deer and represents a risk to human health and the health of farm animals. There are many problems facing livestock managers in North America in the face of CWD, a research paper published in the International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, summarizes the efforts in disease surveillance and risk management of CWD and shows that past management strategies such as selective culling, herd reduction, and hunter surveillance have had only limited effectiveness. The summary points towards new advice for optimal, cost-effective strategies in aggressive disease control.

William Leiss of the University of Ottawa, in Ontario, Canada, and colleagues there and elsewhere in Canada and the USA, explain how CWD is a fatal neurodegenerative disease of various species of animals in the cervid family of mammals. This family includes deer, elk, reindeer, caribou, and moose. The team points out that CWD is endemic in both wild (free-ranging) and captive (farmed) populations of these species which further complicates disease control. The disease is most prevalent among deer species, affecting in particular mule deer, but also black-tailed deer and white-tailed deer.

Chronic wasting disease is closely related to so-called “mad cow disease”, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the equivalent disease in sheep known as scrapie and the human disease variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (variant CJD). These various diseases are caused by the misfolding of proteins or protein fragments, known as prions, which self-replicate, or propagate, in tissue, specifically brain tissue, and lead to cell death and the ultimate demise of the affected organ.

The team points out that disease surveillance in North America has provided some qualitative assessments of the overall risk of CWD in Canada and the USA. Animals in almost half of all US states and two Canadian provinces are afflicted. The first case outside North America was identified in South Korea in 1997 and while the European Union has strict rules and surveillance in place, an afflicted farmed reindeer was identified in 2016 by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research and subsequently two wild individuals. The problem is thus likely to become an intercontinental one unless more research is done to understand the disease and find ways to control it.

A new risk control strategy has been proposed for CWD in North America in which controlled forest fires are lit in areas where vegetation and soil are heavily contaminated with the pathogenic prions shed by animal waste and carcasses.

Leiss, W., Westphal, M., Tyshenko, M.G., Croteau, M.C., Oraby, T., Adamowicz, W., Goddard, E., Cashman, N.R., Darshan, S. and Krewski, D. (2017) ‘Challenges in managing the risks of chronic wasting disease‘, Int. J. Global Environmental Issues, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp.277-302.

25 September 2017

Special issue published: "Data Analysis for Enabling Technological and Computational Enhancement in Design and Optimisation in Various Engineering Domains"

International Journal of Computational Systems Engineering 3(3) 2017
  • CloudCampus: building an ubiquitous cloud with classroom PCs at a university campus
  • Design of PID controller for magnetic leviation system using modified gravitational search algorithm
  • Fast and effective image retrieval using colour and texture features with self-organising map
  • TripletDS: a prototype of dataspace system based on triple data model
  • A fireworks algorithm for solving travelling salesman problem
  • Need for RADAR system utilisation for maritime traffic management: a case of Congo River Basin

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Financial Markets and Derivatives

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  • Stock market capitalisation and economic growth: empirical evidence from Africa
  • Option pricing in stochastic volatility models driven by fractional Lévy processes
  • An efficient grid lattice algorithm for pricing American-style options
  • Price discovery and risk transfer in the Brent crude oil futures market
  • Electricity prices forecast analysis using the extreme value theory

Special issue published: "Second Indo-Canadian Symposium on Nanoscience and Technology (ICSNST 2016)"

International Journal of Nanotechnology 14(9/10/11) 2017
  • Colloidal synthesis and characterisation of oleic acid capped TiO2 nanorods
  • Nanostructured metal-oxide thin film towards the electronic device applications
  • Synthesis, characterisation and spectroscopic properties of GdOF:Eu3+ phosphors and their Judd-Ofelt analysis
  • Simple flame etching of pencil electrode for dopamine oxidation in presence of ascorbic acid and uric acid
  • Antimony oxide nanobelts: synthesis by chemical vapour deposition and its characterisation
  • A feasibility study on photocatalytic degradation of methyl benzene using N doped TiO2 nanoparticles
  • Influence of interface structure on performance of organic field effect transistors
  • Effects of monovalent cation doping on the structure and photoluminescence of GdAlO3:Eu3+ phosphor
  • Study of (La,Gd)OCl:Eu3+ phosphors for WLEDs application: photoluminescence and Judd-Ofelt analysis
  • Influence of amino acid corona, metallic core and surface functionalisation of nanoparticles on their in-vitro biological behaviour
  • Combustion synthesis and characterisation of Eu3+-activated Y2O3 red nanophosphors for display device applications
  • Photoluminescence, Raman and conductivity studies of CaSO4 nanoparticles
  • Inkjet printed electroadhesive pads on paper
  • Influence of trivalent (Gd3+, Cr3+) ion substitution on the structural and magnetic properties of Ni0.4Zn0.6Cr0.5GdxFe1.5-xO4 ferrite nanoparticles
  • Optical properties of (TiO2)1-x(CuO)x pseudo binary oxides thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis technique
  • Zinc doping effects on the magnetic properties of Nd0.65Ca0.35Mn0.9Zn0.1O3 nanomanganite
  • Effect of short glass fibre and fillers on friction and wear performance of multi-phased thermoplastic copolyester elastomer composites
  • Enhanced grain surface effect on magnetic properties of Pr0.57Ca0.43MnO3 nanomanganite
  • Optimisation of testing parameters on two-body abrasive wear behaviour of nano-oMMT filled carbon-epoxy composites based on the Taguchi method
  • Co3O4/CuO composite nanopowder/sodium dodecyl sulphate modified carbon paste electrode based voltammetric sensors for detection of dopamine
  • Investigations on tensile creep of CNT-epoxy shape memory polymer nanocomposites
  • Concentration dependent dielectric, AC conductivity and sensing study of ZnO-polyvinyl alcohol nanocomposite films

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Electronic Customer Relationship Management

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Electronic Customer Relationship Management are now available here for free:
  • The relationships among information systems, knowledge sharing, and customer relationship management in banking industry
  • Green marketing as a strategic tool for the sustainable development of less favoured areas of Greece: women's agro-tourism cooperatives
  • The impact of leadership type, employee motivation and job satisfaction on the performance of Greek Lifelong Learning Training
  • Viral marketing analysis and evaluation: the case of the Greek consumer market
  • Determinants of consumers' behaviour toward alcohol drinks: the case of Greek millennials
  • Business process automation in Greek telecommunications companies and marketing strategies

24 September 2017

Thematic issue published: "HRM Implementation Effectiveness in Europe: Mechanisms and Contextual Factors Within the International Arena for Human Resource Management and Line Management"

European Journal of International Management 11(5) 2017
  • HRM implementation in multinational companies: the dynamics of multifaceted scenarios
  • HR professionals' use of influence in the effective implementation of HR practices
  • HRM frames of HR managers and line managers: congruence, consequences and context
  • Born-again globals: generational change and family business internationalisation
  • Entrepreneurial learning and entrepreneurial intentions: a cross-cultural study of university students

23 September 2017

Special issue published: "Management and Internationalisation of Latin America’s Firms"

International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets 9(3) 2017
  • Central American family business groups: internationalisation and diversification strategies 
  • Performance and consumer satisfaction with mobile telecommunications
  • International expansion and performance of emerging multinationals: the case of Marcopolo
  • Are there micromultinational enterprises in Brazil? Three cases studied from the perspective of their degrees of internationalisation and use of networking 
  • Co-evolutionary perspective on internationalisation: a multilevel analysis of Brazilian firms
  • Nationalisation and privatisation in state-owned oil multilatinas

22 September 2017

Special issue published: "Efficiency, Demography and Poverty: A Multi-National Review"

International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies 10(3) 2017
  • Enterprise risk management in China: the impacts on organisational performance
  • The impact of supply chain management practices on competitive advantage
  • Competitiveness as mediating variable in measuring supply chain performance
  • Preparing ageing workers for the future: implication for facilitating middle-aged workforce following the decline of working age population in Korea
  • Fishery poverty reduction in East Java: using sustainable livelihood approach
  • The effectiveness analysis of grant scheme 'POKMAS' toward village community empowerment: a case study on Siak Regency of Riau province

15 September 2017

New Editor for International Journal of Adaptive and Innovative Systems

Associate Prof. Sanghyuk Lee from Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Adaptive and Innovative Systems.

Research Picks Extra – September 2017

The DNA decision maker
Scientists have long-recognised the information carrying and processing potential of the biological molecule we know as DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid. DNA is the molecule of life and encoded within its sequence is the information necessary to build the proteins from which all life is built. The way in which biology transcribes and duplicates this information and the way in which proteins are assembled using the sequence of bases in DNA is at the heart of a possible future molecular computer built with DNA rather than the silicon chip. Researchers in Singapore have now demonstrated that DNA can be used to encode an algorithm that can make rational decisions when given a choice between various options themselves encoded in molecules to which the system is exposed.
Shu, J-J., Wang, Q-W. and Yong, K-Y. (2017) ‘Programmable DNA-mediated decision maker’, Int. J. Bio-Inspired Computation, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp.51–55.

Better bottles
Antimony trioxide is a well-known substance commonly used to make PET for soft drinks bottles and other packaging. It is deemed safe by the World Health Organization. One of its uses is as a flame retardant for plastics, paints, adhesives, rubber, and textile coatings. The manufacture of nanostructures commonly uses organic compounds, however, which themselves may not have the safety specification of the antimony oxide particles. As such, researchers have now developed a simple, room temperature method for manufacturing antimony oxide nanostructures for use in plastic bottle production that avoids the use of potentially toxic additives. As well as safety improvements, the process is inexpensive.
Shah, M.A. (2017) ‘Antimony oxide nanostructures synthesised in water and their possible use in packaging of mineral water’, Int. J. Biomedical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp.343–349.

Bioremediation with blackberry leaves
The bioremediation of contaminated industrial sites and waste water is high on the environmental agenda and scientists are always looking for novel biological materials that might be used to sequester a particular contaminant. One rather troublesome chemical is the chromium(VI) ion. Researchers in India have now demonstrated that leaves from the blackberry (Rubus species) can absorb Cr(VI) ions from aqueous solution. Given the environmental health concerns with toxic and carcinogenic chromium(VI), also known as hexavalent chromium, the finding could represent and important biosorbent for remediation of water and soil contaminated with this chemical.
Mitra, T. and Das, S.K. (2016) ‘Adsorptive removal of Cr(VI) from aqueous solution using blackberry leaves – column study’, Int. J. Environmental Engineering, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp.225–244.

Accommodating advertising
It is more than two decades since the world wide web was opened up to the world of commerce and the diversity of advertising formats that users face each time they visit a website has grown considerably. From the user point of view, the advertisements are often an annoyance unless and so add-ons for web browsers that block those advertisements are widespread. From the advertisers’ point of view, however, it is the ad blockers that are the annoyance and they are forever looking for ways to work around such add-ons and to get their advertisements seen by users. Online advertising is growing in developing economies and now researchers from Vietnam and Australia have investigated consumer attitudes to the various formats of online advertisements in one such an economy to help advertisers offer consumers a more acceptable and effective form of advertising that keeps both seller and consumer/user happy. Fundamentally, the team found that the “conventional” banner advertisement, which is akin to the old-fashioned printed advertisement, has a much more positive response among users than so-called “pop-up” ads which users find irritating. This is especially true of the banner ad is very informative.
Le, T.D. and Vo, H. (2017) ‘Consumer attitude towards website advertising formats: a comparative study of banner, pop-up and in-line display advertisements’, Int. J. Internet Marketing and Advertising, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp.202–217.

14 September 2017

Special issue published: "Intelligent Control: Design and Applications"

International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics 5(3) 2017
  • Discrete and continuous emotion recognition using sequence kernels
  • Control of a photovoltaic system by fuzzy logic, comparative studies with conventional controls: results, improvements and perspectives
  • Synthetic aperture radar image compression based on multi-scale geometric transforms
  • Power quality improvement using fuzzy logic controlled voltage source PWM rectifiers
  • New CSMA/CA prioritisation based on fuzzy control mechanism
  • Diagnosis and classification using ANFIS approach of stator and rotor faults in induction machine
  • Vehicle recognition system based on customised HOG for automotive driver assistance system
  • Fuzzy regional inequality measurement: a new stochastic dominance approach with application to Tunisia

Special issue published: "Managing Business Challenges Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship"

Global Business and Economics Review 19(5) 2017
  • Innovation in small and medium enterprises: the impact of open innovation practices on firm's performance
  • The impact of R&D and information technology on innovation performance of Greek SMEs 
  • Public relations and reputation in small organisations: creating identity and building reputation for success
  • Economic sustainability of the olive oil high and super-high density cropping systems in Italy
  • Cross border acquisitions and R&D activities: a comparative study in the Italian red biotech industry
  • Corporate finance in renewable energy investments - a review about theory and practice
  • Cooperating for competing - a small Italian wineries' internationalisation strategy case study

13 September 2017

Special issue published: "Advances in Parallel and Distributed Systems and Applications"

International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking 10(4/5) 2017
  • Diagnosabilities of regular networks under three-valued comparison models
  • A sprouting graph-based approach to analysing timed workflow processes with shared resources 
  • Detecting spammers using review graph
  • Evaluation and comparison of ten data race detection techniques
  • Reliable broadcast in anonymous distributed systems with fair lossy channels
  • Communication-aware task scheduling algorithm for heterogeneous computing
  • An adaptive hybrid ARQ method for coexistence of ZigBee and WiFi
  • Thwarting Android app repackaging by executable code fragmentation
  • A service industry perspective on software defined radio access networks
  • U-Search: usage-based search with collective intelligence
  • An energy-aware task consolidation algorithm for cloud computing data centre
  • Kernel mechanisms for turning a 3D MMOG from single into multi-server architecture
  • Communication-aware virtual machine migration in cloud data centres
  • Para-Join: an efficient parallel method for string similarity join
  • Hardware support for message-passing in chip multi-processors
  • Reboot-based recovery of performance anomalies in adaptive bitrate video-streaming services
  • An energy-aware cooperative content distributed strategy based on MST for the mobile environment 
  • Optimising the deployment of virtual machine image replicas in cloud storage clusters
  • Addressing statistical significance of fault injection: empirical studies of the soft error susceptibility

Special issue published: "Web-Based Communities: Autonomous Factor in Netiquette?"

International Journal of Web Based Communities 13(3) 2017
  • A network analysis of financial conversations on Twitter
  • Do corporate webs substitute annual reports for corporate governance disclosures in large Indonesian family corporations?
  • How does social media affect the behaviours of managers and employees in non-democratic countries?
  • Examining the effects of online social relations on product ratings and adoption: evidence from an online social networking and rating site
  • The advent of the 'social moment of truth' in online communities
  • The antecedents of intention to use Facebook: the case of female foreign spouses' community in Taiwan

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education are now available here for free:
  • Measuring generalized expectancies for negative mood regulation in Japan: the Japanese language NMR scale
  • Determining item position effects in a computer-based test
  • Measurement invariance techniques to enhance measurement sensitivity
  • Multilevel analyses of families influence on adolescents literacy performances
  • Students' intention to use computer technology: a structural equation modelling analysis
  • Testing for mediation effects under non-normality and heteroscedasticity: a comparison of classic and modern methods
  • Preschool attendance: a multilevel analysis of individual and community factors in 21 low and middle-income countries

Special issue published: "Contemporary Business Research Across Thailand"

Journal for Global Business Advancement 10(4) 2017
  • A structural relationship model of factors affecting customer loyalty for retail convenience store businesses in Bangkok, Thailand
  • A Thai banking industry organisational performance analysis
  • Confirmatory factor analysis towards visionary leadership of supply chain managers in the manufacturing industry of Thailand
  • Determinants of Thailand's MICE industry organisational effectiveness
  • Green supply chain management performance within the Thai hotel industry: a structural equation model
  • The mediating effect of knowledge-sharing behaviour on total quality management and organisational innovation capability

12 September 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Automotive Composites

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Automotive Composites are now available here for free:
  • Crashworthiness evaluation of composite vehicle side door with an innovative design
  • Modelling of fatigue damage evolution in composite multilayered cylindrical shells
  • A simplified higher-order shear deformation theory for hygrothermal analysis of FRP bridge deck
  • Thermal stress analysis of laminated composite plates using exponential shear deformation theory
  • Finite element modelling of the low velocity impact response of composite plates with block copolymer nano-reinforcements

Special issue published: "Large-Scale Educational Assessments"

International Journal of Quantitative Research in Education 4(1/2) 2017
  • Higher education surveys from United States' National Center for Education Statistics
  • Extending the internal/external frame of reference model to early-year cognitive abilities for children from diverse backgrounds
  • Using large-scale educational data to test motivation theories: a synthesis of findings from Swedish studies on test-taking motivation
  • Structural equation modelling trees for invariance assessment
  • Investigating differential options functioning using multinomial logistic regression
Additional papers
  • The validity of the parental academic support scale: associations among relational and family involvement outcomes
  • A comparison of five methods for pretest item selection in online calibration
  • An efficient standard error estimator of the DINA model parameters when analysing clustered data

International Journal of Forensic Engineering and Management to publish expanded papers from Humanizing Work and Work Environment 2017

Extended versions of papers presented at the Humanizing Work and Work Environment 2017 (8-10 December 2017, Aligarh, India) will be published by the International Journal of Forensic Engineering and Management.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Innovation in Education

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  • Self-assessment in higher education: empirical evidence from the Department of Business Administration of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh
  • To change or not to change: indicators of K-12 teacher engagement in innovative educational practices
  • Innovation and structural change in German vocational education and training
  • Reactions and perceptions of teachers to the implementation of a task-based survey and presentation course
  • Cultivating spreadsheet usage in a finance subject through learning and assessment innovations

11 September 2017

Special issue published: "Education, Management and Development"

International Journal of Education Economics and Development 8(2/3) 2017
  • The effect of geography and class on livelihoods in South Africa
  • Migration as livelihood strategy - South Africa's East to West Corridor: altruism gone wrong
  • Factors influencing student usage of an online learning community: the case of a rural South African university
  • Over the rainbow: the role of academics in a 'post-hope' South Africa
  • Critical success factors in introducing performance measurement metrics for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Enhancing citizen participation in South African e-government: technology, organisation and environment factors
  • Guidelines for a job role-based approach on phishing awareness in an organisation

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

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  • Trace metal pollution and potential health risk assessment: a case study of Daye Lake over the past ten years (2000-2009)
  • Effect of organic fertiliser on plant growth and heavy metals Cd(II), Pb(II) translocation in plants
  • Understanding ecodesign through a communities of practice perspective
  • Relationships between reservoir water quality and catchment habitat type
  • Adsorption of hazardous dye Rhodamine B onto Brazilian natural bentonite

Special issue published: "Cultural Entrepreneurship"

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing 9(3) 2017
  • Cultural entrepreneurs: identity and 'becoming' a cultural entrepreneur
  • Cultural entrepreneurship in the arts sector: a case study of a 'curatepreneur'
  • Art ventures as hybrid organisations: tensions and conflicts relating to organisational identity
  • Managing creative individuals via freedom and control in film-making companies
  • Early independent production entrepreneurs in the UK television: pioneering agents of neoliberal intervention

New Editor for International Journal of Computers in Healthcare

Prof. Yen-Wei Chen from Ritsumeikan University in Japan has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Computers in Healthcare.

9 September 2017

Special issue published: "New Approaches for Transport, Logistics and Transformation"

International Journal of Supply Chain and Inventory Management 2(1) 2017
  • Hub location under uncertainty: a minimax regret model for the capacitated problem with multiple allocations
  • A green perspective on capacitated time-dependent vehicle routing problem with time windows
  • Inventory management in the presence of inventory inaccuracies: an economic analysis by discrete-event simulation
  • Capturing the effect of demand change on inventory classification via transition point method

8 September 2017

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from IEEE Fourth Workshop on Accelerator Programming using Directives (WACCPD)

Extended versions of papers presented at the IEEE Fourth Workshop on Accelerator Programming using Directives (13 November 2017, Denver, Colorado, USA) will be published by the following journals:

Special issue published: "Advances in Shipping, Maritime Transport and Logistics"

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics 9(5) 2017
  • An analysis of entry and exit decisions in shipping markets under uncertainty
  • Estimating the performance of the logistics services attributes influencing customer satisfaction in the field of refrigerated transport
  • Analysis of technical efficiency and eco-efficiency in container terminals
  • A new hub network design integrating deep sea and short sea services at liner shipping operations
  • The Brazilian cabotage market: a content analysis
  • Robust optimisation of liner shipping network on Yangtze River with considering weather influences
  • Optimal design of container terminal gate layout

International Journal of Comparative Management to publish expanded papers from National Conference Managing Change in Evolving Economic Scenario

Extended versions of papers presented at the National Conference Managing Change in Evolving Economic Scenario (5-6 December 2017, Gurugram, India) will be published by the International Journal of Comparative Management.

Special issue published: "A Synthesis of Innovative Skills and Competences to Tackle Current Entrepreneurial Challenges"

World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development 13(5/6) 2017
  • Three official languages in multicultural Luxembourg
  • Chinese direct investments in Germany: threat or opportunity for the German part of the merger or acquisition
  • Old, new and third wine regions: a consumer perspective
  • What image for ethical food?
  • Spillover effects of research and development activity on the economic growth and exports of the Group 20 
  • The role of public-private partnerships in developing open social innovation: the case of GoogleGlass4Lis
  • The organisational impact of SaaS adoption on CRM applications
  • Management control practices and benefits: evidence from Italian family and non-family firms
  • Teaching in virtual environments to enhance intercultural understanding between Germans and Peruvians
  • Tourism destination management in sustainability development perspective, the role of entrepreneurship and networking ability: Tourist Kit
  • Integrated management of the PGI 'Matera' Bread chain
  • ExperimentaLab: a tool for the entrepreneurial university
  • Early internationalising firms: the age effect on entrepreneurial behaviour

7 September 2017

Special issue published: "Mechatronic Systems in Automotive Engineering and Mobility Research"

International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems 7(3) 2017
  • Transmission ratio calibration for electro-mechanically actuated continuously variable transmission
  • Development of estimated disturbance rejection feedback for an armoured vehicle using active front wheel steering
  • Analysis of boost conversion process for a thermoelectric module
  • Tremor suppression for 4-DOFs biodynamic hand model using genetic algorithm 
  • Driving pattern analysis of hybrid and electric vehicles in a German conurbation including a drive system evaluation
  • Modelling and control of piezoelectric actuators by a class of differential equations-based hysteresis models
  • Super-twisting sliding mode controller with fuzzy logic based moving sliding surface for electronic throttle control
  • Active suspension control with state estimation using finite Markov chains

International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions announces Best Paper awards

Dr. Jong-Hyouk Lee, Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions, has announced that the following paper will receive the 2016 Best Paper Award:

"A quantum-inspired evolutionary clustering algorithm for the lifetime problem of wireless sensor network", by Chun-Wei Tsai, Chun-Ting Kang, Kai-Cheng Hu and Ming-Chao Chiang.

This and other papers from the same issue are now freely available as part of the journal's sample issue.

New Editor for European Journal of International Management

Prof. Ilan Alon from the University of Agder in Norway has been appointed to take over editorship of the European Journal of International Management.

Research Picks Bonus – September 2017

Making walnuts work harder
Energy and exergy are two important tools for evaluating power sources. Energy is essentially the calorific value of simply burning biomass, for instance, whereas exergy is the amount of usable work that might be done by that burning. Researchers in China and the USA are investigating walnut sawdust as one type of useful biomass for making syngas. The energy and exergy of such syngas depends on the reactor temperature used to process walnut sawdust and the mix of gases, carbon monoxide, methane, hydrogen, nitrogen, ethene and carbon dioxide that are produced. However, they have essentially demonstrated that the energy and exergy can be optimized by careful control of the entrained flow reactor temperature.
Zhang, Y., Zhao, Y., Li, B., Gao, X. and Jiang, B. (2017) ‘Energy and exergy characteristics of syngas produced from air gasification of walnut sawdust in an entrained flow reactor‘, Int. J. Exergy, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp.244-262.

Glacial warming
Researchers in China have found that the temperature of the active layer of ice in a glacier has increased more on a cold glacier than a temperate glacier over a period of 30 years. The team analyzed data and historical documents for Baishui Glacier No. 1 (BG1), in the Yulong Snow Mountains of the Southeastern Tibetan Plateau and the Urumqi Glacier No. 1 (UG1), in the eastern Tien Shan Mountains, of Central Asia. There has been a daily mean increase of temperature of the BG1 has been almost a quarter of a degree Celsius July 1982 to July 10, 2009. But the active ice layer of UG1 has warmed considerably more despite it being the colder of the two. That said, the temperate glacier BG1 is still retreating faster than the cold glacier through global warming caused by the greenhouse effect.
Wang, S. and Ding, B. (2017) ‘The active-layer ice temperature increases more obviously on a cold glacier than a temperate glacier during the past 30 years‘, Int. J. Global Warming, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp.103-111.

Drone power
Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), often colloquially known as “drones” require a power supply like any other aircraft. Now, researchers in Turkey have invented a fuel cell/battery hybrid system for powering a UAV. A proton-exchange membrane fuel cell with a supplementary rechargeable lithium-ion battery onboard powers a permanent magnet synchronous motor. Simulations of the system show effective torque development and the team suggests that such hybrid UAVs could soon take off.
Kaya, U., Bayrak, Z.U. and Oksuztepe, E. (2017) ‘Fuel cell/battery hybrid powered unmanned aerial vehicle with permanent magnet synchronous motor‘, Int. J. Sustain. Aviat. 3:2, 130-150.

Coal fired
Coal-based electricity generation is likely to remain an important contributor to power supply in many nations and in the global energy mix despite efforts to displace it with non-carbon-based, sustainable and cleaner energy sources. Of course, such plants generate huge quantities of carbon dioxide and contribute significantly to the greenhouse effect. With ongoing use of coal forecast for decades to come there is thus an urgent need to develop carbon dioxide sequestration technologies to reduce the global impact of this source of power on climate change. Researchers in the USA have developed a mathematical model that can analyze all the costs of such systems in the face of essential environmental regulations. Their model should allow policymakers and the corporate world to look at a rolling horizon for the next 20 to 40 years of coal-fired power stations.
Longer term strategic decision making for coal-based power systems incorporating CO2 sequestration‘, Zhang, Y. and Karwan, M.H. (2017), Int. J. Math. Operat. Res. Vol. 11, No. 2, 219 – 270.

6 September 2017

International Journal of Technology Management to publish expanded papers from 21st Annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium - Globalisation 2.0

Extended versions of papers presented at the 21st Annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium - Globalisation 2.0 (28-29 September 2017, The Møller Centre, Cambridge, UK) will be published by the International Journal of Technology Management.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Information Systems and Change Management

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Information Systems and Change Management are now available here for free:
  • A scenario-based exploratory study of cognitive moral development in information ethics
  • Customisation of master data elements in ERP systems aligned with business goals
  • Performance evaluation on supplier collaboration of agricultural supply chain
  • Business ethical sensitivity of Chinese insurance agents: scale development and validation

New Editor for International Journal of Nuclear Law

Inderscience Publushers are pleased to announced that Dr. Wolf-Georg Schärf has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Nuclear Law.

Special issue published: "Model and Data Engineering – Part I"

International Journal of Intelligent Information and Database Systems 10(1/2) 2017
  • Data model for health telemonitoring and persuasive system design
  • BPM-based framework for e-government processes improvement: legal requirements integration
  • Multi-viewpoint ontological representation of composite concepts: a description logics-based approach
  • Using logic programming for adapting models to metamodel evolution
  • Semi-automated integration of domain ontologies to DSL meta-models
  • A model-based process for the modelling and the analysis of avionic architectures
  • Repairing errors in probabilistic databases models using probabilistic abduction reasoning 

5 September 2017

New Editor for International Journal of Lifecycle Performance Engineering

Prof. Hong Hao from Curtin University in Australia has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Lifecycle Performance Engineering.

International Journal of Sustainable Economy indexed by Scopus

We are pleased to announce that the International Journal of Sustainable Economy has been accepted by and will be indexed in Elsevier's Scopus database. The journal will be listed on Scopus's database in due course.

Special issue published: "Information Security and Privacy"

International Journal of Applied Cryptography 3(3) 2017
  • A new public remote integrity checking scheme with user and data privacy
  • IBE and function-private IBE under linear assumptions with shorter ciphertexts and private keys, and extensions
  • Preventing fault attacks using fault randomisation with a case study on AES
  • A new authenticated encryption technique for handling long ciphertexts in memory constrained devices
  • Sponge-based CCA2 secure asymmetric encryption for arbitrary length message (extended version)
  • CCA-secure revocable identity-based encryption schemes with decryption key exposure resistance

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Intelligent Information and Database Systems

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Intelligent Information and Database Systems are now available here for free:
  • An incremental hash-based optimistic concurrency control scenario for failure management in HDDBs - an application approach
  • Delta extraction in a limited collaborative environment
  • Theory of sketches for database mappings
  • Software fault prediction using BP-based crisp artificial neural networks
  • Factors of data infrastructure and resource support influencing the integration of business intelligence into enterprise resource planning systems

4 September 2017

Special issue: "Innovations on Applied Nanotechnology and Nano-Materials"

International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials 6(3/4) 2016
  • Kinetics study of the photocatalytic inactivation of Escherichia coli
  • Growth and survival of Lactobacillus casei in rice bran and banana peel medium
  • Prediction and simulation on DNA strand displacement for the analysis of DNA nanotechnology
Additional papers
  • Nano copper oxide can penetrate as nutrient in seeds and plants in an economical nano-biofertiliser application
  • Structural and characterisation analysis of zinc-substituted hydroxyapatite with wet chemical precipitation method
  • A facile route to prepare reflective counter electrode for enhanced dye-sensitised solar cell efficiency