28 February 2017

Special issue published: "Advances in Intelligent Methods for Trusted Computing and Information Hiding"

International Journal of Innovative Computing and Applications 8(1) 2017

Extended versions of papers presented at the 10th International Conference on P2P, Parallel, Grid, Cloud and Internet Computing (3PGCIC 2015).
  • Improved phrase search construction over encrypted data in cloud storage
  • Selective maintenance for maximising system availability: a simulation approach
  • A new socio-rational secret sharing scheme
  • Detecting blurred image splicing using blur type inconsistency
  • Intrusion detection techniques based on improved intuitionistic fuzzy neural networks
  • An information hiding method based on context-based adaptive variable length coding 
  • Properties of two-layer FHE and their applications
  • On the influencing mechanism of unsafe behaviour of coal miners based on hierarchical regression

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Nanotechnology

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  • Important impact of the experimental platform on the efficient control of electronic and vibrational properties of molecular junctions
  • Graphene monolayer produced on Pt reusable substrates for transparent conductive electrodes applications
  • On the existence of two states in liquid water: impact on biological and nanoscopic systems
  • Internalisation of core-shell superparamagnetic nanoparticles into human granulocytes
  • Magnetic nanocomposites based on mesoporous silica for biomedical applications
  • Thin films of organic dyes with silver nanoparticles: enhancement and spectral shifting of fluorescence due to excitation of localised surface plasmons
  • Evaluation of ultra-thin structures composed of graphene and high-k dielectrics for resistive switching memory applications
  • Preparation and characterisation of Pd nanoparticles doped UO2 samples
  • Neutral and charged excitons in tungsten dichalcogenides monolayer
  • Carbon nanotube net as a conductive and transparent film for solar energy conversion
  • Graphite-to-diamond (13C) direct transition in a diamond anvil high-pressure cell
  • Microrheology of viscoelastic solutions studied by magnetic rotational spectroscopy
  • Contactless graphene conductance measurements: the effect of device fabrication on terahertz time-domain spectroscopy
  • Development of aluminium matrix composites with non-agglomerated nanodiamond reinforcements
  • Non-covalent functionalisation of carbon-based nanostructures and its application to carbon/epoxy composites

Special issue published: "Automation, Systems Modelling and Control"

International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control 27(1) 2017

Extended versions of papers presented at the Second International Conference on Automation, Control, Engineering and Computer Science (ACECS-2015).
  • Anti-synchronisation of identical chaotic systems via novel sliding control and its application to a novel chaotic system
  • Trirotor mechatronic design and reduction of dynamic model inputs by aerodynamic forces identification
  • Observer design and active fault tolerant control for Takagi-Sugeno systems affected by sensors faults
  • Identification of GMS friction model using a new switching function: experimental investigation
  • Modelling and predictive control of an inverted pendulum system by MLD approach: multivariable case
  • Fuzzy monitoring of stator and rotor winding faults for DFIG used in wind energy conversion system
  • The dual three-phase open-end stator windings permanent magnet synchronous machine fed by four voltage source inverters
  • Nonlinear system monitoring using multiscaled principal components analysis based on neural network

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development

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  • The Smart State test: a critical review of the Smart State Strategy 2005-2015's Knowledge-Based Urban Development
  • A short communication on glocal universities
  • Starting early: relational capital networks for street children in emerging knowledge-based public service models
  • Knowledge economy and metropolitan growth: Barcelona and Helsinki metropolitan areas as case studies
  • Place quality and urban competitiveness symbiosis? A position paper

27 February 2017

Free sample articles newly available International Journal of Nanomanufacturing

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  • Surface roughness prediction model of micro-milling Inconel 718 with consideration of tool wear
  • Research on surface residual stress of micro-milling nickel-based superalloy 
  • Vision measurement method to promote calibration precision of capacitance gradient in micro-force measurement system
  • A comparison of hydrodynamic effect of four textures on thrust bearing
  • Microstructure and formation process of gradient structure of self-diffusion composite tool materials
  • Open-loop creep suppression of a piezoelectric actuator by applying directional change in voltage
  • Tool path optimisation for turning of non-rotational symmetrical surfaces based on scattered data interpolation
  • Experimental investigation on rotary ultrasonic grinding machining surface morphology of Al2O3 ceramics based on fractal dimension
  • Carbon dioxide adsorption on nano/micro-scale porous adsorbents

Inderscience is media partner for Off-Highway Vehicles 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Off-Highway Vehicles (25 April 2017, Birmingham, UK).

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Special issue published: "7th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (AMN-7)"

International Journal of Nanotechnology 14(1/2/3/4/5/6) 2017

Extended versions of papers presented at the 7th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.
  • Periodic upright nanopyramid fabricated by ultraviolet curable nanoimprint lithography for thin film solar cells
  • Soil chemistry influences the phytotoxicity of metal oxide nanoparticles
  • Effect of medium solvents on crystalline degree and specific surface area of Cu3BiS3 nanoparticles synthesised by biomolecule-assisted hydrothermal and solvothermal methods
  • Site-specific thrombolytic and anticoagulant biomaterials
  • Enumeration of colloidal sub-micron particles using tunable resistive pulse sensing
  • The influence of polyethylenimine molecular weight on hydrothermally-synthesised ZnO nanowire morphology
  • Multiferroic nanocrystalline BiFeO3 and BiCrO3 thin films prepared by ion beam sputtering
  • Finite element analysis of thermally actuated medical stent and staple implants using shape memory alloy
  • Optimisation of DNA hybridisation and toehold strand displacement from magnetic bead surfaces
  • Effect of graphene oxide loading in GO/SiO2/Ag/AgCl photocatalyst
  • Ferromagnetism in a diamond-like carbon film after nickel implantation
  • Sodium ion conducting NaI-Na3PO4 solid electrolyte with PLLTMEDA as an additive for solid state batteries
  • Surface changes of polymer modified by gold nanoparticles
  • Nanotoxicity of nanodiamond in two and three dimensional liver models
  • Hybrid gas sensor having TiO2 nanotube arrays and SnO2 nanoparticles
  • High resolution imaging and analysis of residual elastic strain in an additively manufactured turbine blade
  • Synthesis and functionalisation of stable 'naked' gold nanoparticles
  • Resistance-temperature characteristics of CVD and high strength metallurgical graphene
  • Resonant absorption in dielectric thin films for humidity sensing
  • Demonstration of the use of a photosynthetic microbial fuel cell as an environmental biosensor
  • Graphene antidot lattice transport measurements
  • Modulation of cell adhesion to conductive polymers
  • Nanoscale mapping of the three-dimensional deformation field within commercial nanodiamonds
  • Hydrothermal synthesis of mixed phase blue titanium dioxide from oxalate stabilised sols
  • Grain size dependence of tin oxide nanopaste on sintering temperature
  • Structural and morphological evolution of metal oxide nanoparticles synthesised via sol-gel auto-combustion
  • Two-dimensional diffraction gratings for use with far-field superlenses
  • Utilisation of agro-waste extract in thermoplastics
  • Ablation threshold dependence on incident wavelength during ultrashort pulsed laser ablation
  • Application of advanced nanoclay material as a chemical fertiliser loss control agent for loss control fertiliser development in Thailand
  • Template-less and surfactant-free solvent-driven direct synthesis of urchin-like gold nanoparticles in anisole
  • Synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles by low-energy dual ion implantation of iron and nickel into silicon dioxide followed by electron beam annealing
  • Change of magnetic behaviour of nitrogenated carbon nanotubes on chlorination/oxidation
  • Probing the spin-glass and magnetoresistance in FeSr2Y1.7Ce0.3Cu2O10-δ
  • In-situ ellipsometric study of calcium phosphate biomineralisation on organic thin films
  • Synthesis, characterisation and antimicrobial effect of starch capped silver sulphide nanoparticles against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus
  • Periodic nanostructure induced on PEN surface by KrF laser irradiation
  • Methanol production via CO2 hydrogenation reaction: effect of catalyst support
  • Porous conducting polymer prepared through liquid crystal template for drug delivery
  • Sidechain engineering in anthracene derivatives: towards photofunctional liquid crystals
  • Tunable resistive pulse sensing and nanoindentation of pH-responsive expansile nanoparticles
  • Preparation of amphoteric nanocomposite hydrogel under supercritical carbon dioxide and its fast-swelling behaviours
  • Protein and polysaccharide conjugates as emerging scaffolds for drug delivery systems
  • Characterisations and DSSC efficiency test of TiO2 nano-films formed by filtered cathodic vacuum arc deposition
  • Adsorption effects during the analysis of caffeic acid at PEDOT electrodes
  • Facile fabrication of carbon nanotube network thin film transistors for device platforms
  • Base dependent adsorption of single-stranded homo-oligonucleotides to gold nanoparticles
  • The spontaneous motion of a slug of miscible liquids in a capillary tube
  • Tuning the optoelectronic properties of P3EHT block copolymers by surface modification
  • A luminescence study of NaMgF3:Dy3+ and NaMgF3:Nd3+ for applications in radiation dosimetry
  • The effects of post-growth thermal annealing on the structural and electrical properties of RF-magnetron sputtered ZnO
  • Development of modifying compounds for multilayer nanostructured coatings for cutting tools

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences

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  • A case study on partitioning data for classification
  • Clustering and latent semantic indexing aspects of the singular value decomposition
  • Long-termed investment planning model for a generation company operating in both bilateral contract and day-ahead markets
  • Managerial goals directed benchmarking for organised efficiency in data envelopment analysis

26 February 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Pre-Filled Syringes West Coast 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Pre-Filled Syringes West Coast (5-6 June 2017, San Diego, USA).

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Call for papers: "Innovation in Latin America"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems.

The aim of this special issue is to attract research that addresses and discusses the emergence, status and outlook for innovation in Latin America embodied in its many aspects and dimensions. The transformational (and disruptive) prowess of globalisation continues to impact nearly every nation on the globe. Industrialised and developing countries in every region are experiencing its effects economically, socially, and politically. While both the public and private sectors have, indeed, allocated greater resources to boost growth (and profitability), in manufacturing, services, and natural resources, sustaining competitive levels of performance is more and more difficult. The recognised solution for countries, industries, and firms is to innovate.
 
Innovation is impacting every region and functional dimension of the global economy. It is an essential driver of economic productivity, social progress, and ultimately human achievement. Innovation is inextricably tied to success and profit, whether the enterprise is a technological giant like Microsoft or Siemens; a natural resources firm like CVRD or BHP Billiton; a conglomerate like Samsung or GE; or a small or medium-sized global enterprise.
 
With reference to Latin America, it is the second most entrepreneurial region in the world, according to the World Bank. Its Internet and mobile density are higher than the world average, and the accelerated pace of start-ups - both tech and non-tech based - has been occurring irrespective of economic and political ups and downs in the region. Last year, start-ups in Latin American ballooned to 1,333 and accelerators to 62, with investment approaching $32 million.
 
Within this context the ecosystem of innovation in Latin America is built upon the interrelationship between three drivers: national policy (although subnational policies are important, as well), facilitating institutions (e.g. science parks, R&D labs, accelerators, incubators), and firm-level innovation. Each continues to shape the competitiveness of countries and regions in the hemisphere, as well.
 
There is a real challenge to innovation in Latin America in that the level of R&D activity is far below that in the Triad countries (US, Japan, and EU), as well as far below that in Eastern Europe and developing Asia. It would be useful to see some discussion of how Latin American companies and governments can stimulate more R&D – as well as pursuing even greater innovation in business models and practices, as evidenced by the high level of entrepreneurship noted above.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Innovation in the structure, organisation and management of the firm
  • Product, process, service and business model innovation
  • Macro-level economic and regulatory policies that impact innovativeness
  • New thinking on innovation in the services sector
  • Innovation in HR policies and practices
  • Open Innovation
  • Innovation in export-oriented small and medium size firms
  • How do we measure innovation?

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 31 December, 2017
Notification to authors: 15 March, 2018
Final versions due: 15 May, 2018

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Applied Management Science

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  • Laddering the benefit-link-value of premium products: perception of Indian consumers on consumer packaged goods
  • Optimising a bank's credit portfolio
  • Experiential learning frameworks for development of dynamic capabilities in project-based technology firms
  • Short-run decomposition of profit efficiency and its relationship with the Tunisian manufacturing capacity utilisation
  • A bi-objective airline revenue management problem with possible cancellation
  • Production and shipment policy under dynamic demand in the supply chain environments

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from 3rd International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Applications

Extended versions of papers presented at the 3rd International Conference on Cloud Computing Technology and Applications (24-26 October 2017, Rabat, Morocco) will be published by the following journals:

25 February 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Swarm Intelligence

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  • Cell-like P-systems coupled with rules of particle swarm optimisation to solve Blasius differential equation
  • A novel harmony search-based approach for clustering problems
  • Evolving a clustering algorithm for wireless sensor network using particle swarm optimisation
  • Particle swarm optimisation with adaptive neighbourhood search for solving multi-objective optimisation problems

Special issue published: "Production, Value Chain and Media: a Cross-Border Perspective"

International Journal of Trade and Global Markets 10(1) 2017

Extended versions of papers presented at the SIBR 2015 Conference on Interdisciplinary Business and Economic Research.
  • Effects of non-tariff barriers on Thai exports of key vegetables to ASEAN countries
  • Financial management using moderate capitalism for dairy cow farms in Maha Sarakham Province, Thailand
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship in industrial ecology: the cheese case in Mexico
  • The relationship between creativity, entrepreneurial attitude and entrepreneurial intention (case study on the students of State Polytechnic Malang)
  • The effect of corporate strategy on earnings management
  • When is earnings management really good news? Evidences from Indonesia
  • The determinants of risk disclosure in the Indonesian non-listed banks
  • Internet banking service quality in South Africa: a qualitative analysis of consumer perceptions
  • Causality nexus between trade, political instability, FDI and economic growth: Nigeria experience
  • Machiavellianism, tax knowledge, and ethical perceptions of tax avoidance: survey of undergraduate students in West Java, Indonesia
  • Analysis of economy aspects in the policy on establishing housing and settlement in West Java, Indonesia
  • Ownership structure and operational efficiency in emerging market: the case of Korea
  • The unemployment impact of immigrant workers in Thailand
  • Household savings of Slovakia: effects of banks, dependency ratio, transitory income and unemployment
  • Forecasting methods for safeguarding ASEAN-5 stock exchanges during extreme volatility

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Technology Management

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  • Strategic technological innovation for sustainable development
  • Measuring the change in knowledge sharing efficiency of virtual communities of practice: a case study
  • The diffusion pattern of non-cash payments: evidence from China
  • Improving the global competitiveness of retailers using a cultural analysis of in-store digital innovations
  • An evaluation and enhancement approach of the carbon footprints-based environmentally sustainable service competitiveness for coffee shops

Call for papers: "Pluralism with Purpose: Applying a Pluralist Approach to Informing Policy"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education.

Understanding economic phenomena by using pluralism in teaching and research is an intensely debated problem. We believe that an increased focus on applied pluralist approaches is now required (e.g. to operationalise the OECD’s new approaches to economic challenges programme). We need both a shared understanding of the meaning of a pluralist approach to understanding economic phenomena, including feasibly applied methods from relevant disciplines and a means of choosing one or more amongst them.

Pluralism is, however, more than applications, it is also about culture, institutions and relationships, including those between economists and amongst other social scientists. So, for instance, the OECD discusses the need for ‘appropriate changes in the structure of the organisation to avoid one-size-fits-all and move beyond a silo-approach to policy, to enhance inter-disciplinarily and to safeguard against groupthink’. This also applies to so-called heterodox economists as they are clearly not automatically pluralist in practise or outlook. Pluralism is not about replacing one dogma with another one.

This call for papers welcomes a dialogue with mainstream economists, both academics and practitioners, to build bridges and break down walls within the economics discipline and between economics and other disciplines. We are looking particularly for papers focusing on the application of pluralist approaches in terms of methods, but also in terms of the institutions and behaviour necessary to solidify pluralism.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • What is an applied pluralist approach? When can it be said to be scientific?
  • What can economics learn from the natural and social sciences?
  • What can we learn from practices in multi-disciplinary research centres?
  • What is the scope for application i.e. how do we define the economy or economic phenomena?
  • What are the methods and procedures for applying a pluralist approach to understanding economic phenomena? How to decide the methods or combination of methods fit for purpose? How must theories, methods and evidence interact?
  • How can pluralism be supported within the policy making process and within government institutions?
  • How does pluralism as a modus vivendi relate to a modus operandi in terms of institutions, behaviour, methods, etc.

Important Dates
Submission of abstracts (by email): 1 April, 2017
Notification of abstract acceptance: 30 April, 2017
Submission of manuscripts (online): 30 August, 2017
Notification to authors: 1 October, 2017
Final versions due: 1 January, 2018

24 February 2017

Special issue published: "Strategic Leadership for Sustainable Competitiveness"

International Journal of Technology Management 73(1/2/3) 2017

Extended versions of papers presented at the 2014 Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management (EURAM), ‘Waves and winds of strategic leadership for sustainable competitiveness’.
  • Innovation training and product innovation performance: the moderating role of external cooperation
  • The impact of internal and external technology sourcing on innovation performance: a review and research agenda
  • The introduction of a competing business model: the case of eBay
  • Transforming from service providers to solution providers: implications for provider-customer relationships and customer-induced solution innovation
  • Stakeholder integration in service innovation - an exploratory case study in the healthcare industry
  • Understanding the customer value of co-designing individualised products
  • From incubation to maturity inside parks: the evolution of local knowledge networks

First issue: International Journal of Bibliometrics in Business and Management (free sample issue available)

The International Journal of Bibliometrics in Business and Management focuses on bibliometric analysis. By analysing published papers in specific academic fields involving all business and management areas, it addresses issues such as publications by year and research themes; contributions by authors, institutions and regions; keywords used; and citations and co-citations. Areas covered include general management, human resource management, strategic management, organisational behaviour, organisation theory, knowledge management, crisis management, family business, business ethics, marketing, accounting, finance, etc., applied to all disciplines, industries and countries.

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


Call for papers: "Strategies for Global Competitiveness and Economic Growth"

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

The world economy is going through a difficult phase marked by sluggish growth in the developed economies, conflict of interests between developing and the developed world, further marred by regional economic strains, armed conflicts and challenging international economic cooperation. While the markets in the developing world, including Africa, Asia and South America, are waiting to be unlocked and tapped by the MNCs, the competition is getting more intense in the existing scenario.

Policymakers are struggling to find ways to co-operate and manage the current economic challenges while preparing their economies to perform well in an increasingly difficult and unpredictable global landscape. Amid short-term crisis management, it remains critical for countries to establish the fundamentals that underpin economic growth and development for the longer term. The complexity of today’s global economic environment has been further confounded by concerns of social and environmental sustainability, diversity and inclusiveness. In the marketplace, e-commerce and the new market entrants are becoming exceedingly aggressive making destabilisation of established players frequent headlines.

The resultant dynamics call for a relook at the pertinent strategies for global competitiveness as well as economic growth in the developing and the developed economies. The conclave aims at bringing together academicians, corporate professionals, policy makers, practitioners and experts working in the field of business management, in order for exchange of information and to discuss diverse challenges and strategies related to global competitiveness and economic growth.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at Strategies for Global Competitiveness and Economic Growth (SGCEG 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:
  • Challenges of business and strategies for global competitiveness in 21st century
  • Global challenges and opportunities for economic growth
  • Innovative marketing strategies for global competitiveness
  • Human resource challenges and strategies in the 21st century
  • Developments in financial management for strategic advantage
  • Challenges and initiatives in operation management for achieving competitive advantage

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 April, 2017

23 February 2017

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from 3rd IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing (SMARTCOMP 2017)

Extended versions of papers presented at the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing (29-31 May 2017, Hong Kong, China) will be published by the following journals:

Special issue published: "Entrepreneurial Design and Development"

International Journal of Organisational Design and Engineering 4(3/4) 2016
  • Design as part of entrepreneurial cognition
  • Non-technological innovations from organisational design and change perspectives in VSEs and SMEs: the case of management systems
  • Sustainability-driven entrepreneurship and high-growth SMEs: how to combine Davids' and Goliaths' worlds?
  • Transforming industrial R&D into an entrepreneurial organisation: implications of organisational design on enabling innovation
  • Business ecosystem: revealing tensions

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Trade and Global Markets

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  • Mining economist opinions on using multi-agent methodology to simulate metal markets
  • Network competence based on resource-based view and resource dependence theory
  • Global business vulnerabilities in cloud computing services
  • Perceptions of consumers in the financial industry under a qualitative data analysis methodology
  • New patterns of world trade and foreign direct investment growth in Egypt
  • Language variation among business abstracts

22 February 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Unmanned Systems for Utilities 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Unmanned Systems for Utilities (26-27 April 2017, Atlanta, USA).

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Special issue published: "Inventory Management in the Fashion Industry"

International Journal of Inventory Research 3(4) 2016
  • Inventory management research for the fashion industry
  • Strategic values of technology-driven innovation in inventory management: a case study of Zara's RFID implementation
  • Analysis of inventory and financial performances of Esprit based on its corporate financial reports
  • A multi-objective location-inventory model for a fashionable item in a three-level supply chain

Connected migrants

Contrary to common perception, migrants and refugees are often well connected in terms of mobile technology, using smart phones for communications, mapping and social networking during their journeys. Moreover, many economic or political refugees find themselves in camps that sometimes even offer them recharging stations for their devices or a wireless internet connection.

Migrants from Afghanistan, Iran and Syria often use mobile technology to assist them in escaping their fate in their home country and ultimately in finding a new home. Technology might act as a rough guide to destinations and transit points in countries such as Turkey and Greece, as well as providing access to friends and family who can lend them money to continue the journey.

Judith Zijlstra of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) at the University of Amsterdam and Ilse van Liempt of the Human Geography Department at Utrecht University share details of their case study on the use of mobile technology by migrants on their way to Europe. The article is published in the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies.

The authors have used a research approach known as trajectory ethnography that allows them to understand how mobile technology affects the journey of migrants: “This methodology leads to a more nuanced understanding of irregular migration because it enables us to capture the complex dynamics involved in irregular migration processes and to reflect on decisions taken by migrants throughout the process,” the team reports.

The team demonstrates that mobile technologies and smart phones increase migrants’ mobility by enlarging individuals’ access to online information during their journey and by promoting new interconnections between migrants en route. Migrants try to build contacts with migrants who have already completed the journey, as the information given by them is considered more trustworthy.

Nevertheless, the availability of a smart phone is not a panacea that will always assist a migrant in crossing borders safely or reaching the intended destination. “Differences in educational background, digital literacy and foreign language skills have an important effect on migrants’ ability to actually use and profit from mobile technology,” the team explains. In addition, migrants are still the ones that have to make strategic decisions on the goal and continuation of their trip.


Zijlstra, J. and van Liempt, I. (2017) ‘Smart(phone) travelling: understanding the use and impact of mobile technology on irregular migration journeys’, Int. J. Migration and Border Studies, Vol. 3, Nos. 2/3, pp.174-191.

Call for papers: "Learning, Change, Innovation and Leadership in South Asia and East Asia"

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

Globalisation has triggered a search for new ways of doing business worldwide. Globalisation necessitates learning and also provides tremendous opportunities for mutual learning, which must be created and tapped into to keep up with the pace of relentless change (Brown and Eisenhardt, 1997). According to Khilji and Rowley (2013), South Asia offers a new perspective on these issues and learning plays an extensive role in addressing the challenges raised by globalisation. A rich history, vast population and many diverse cultures make East Asia a fascinating area for study. China, a part of East Asia and one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing economies, is home to great cultural traditions and complex and rapidly changing societies. With the international environment becoming more competitive and demanding, South Asia and East Asia need to adapt to the changing needs of the world, which can be educational, technological or social. According to the World Bank (2013), South Asia is a region where transformation and complexity are most apparent, and a report by the World Bank itself in 2016 states that growth in developing East Asia is expected to remain resilient over the next three years.

Even though South Asia is having a growing influence on the global economy, there are many challenges that hinder its socioeconomic development. Khilji (2012) identifies the many challenges in South Asia with reference to demography, human development agendas, corruption and the security situation. It is home to half of the world’s poorest population (World Bank, 2013). Human development in particular is a low national priority (Ghani, 2011), which has resulted into low literacy rates, gender disparities, uneven income distribution and a low percentage of professional workers the in workforce. According to Zakaria (2008), quality of education is questionable in this region. Corruption is widespread and has severely undermined economic growth. In addition, Khilji (2012) contends that terrorism and internal conflicts in some countries (particularly Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan) deter foreign investment and economic development. Furthermore, according to Ahmed and Ghani (2007), it is the least integrated region in the world. South Asian organisations are facing many challenges that include a rapidly growing population (Khilji, 2012), poor organisational design, lack of visionary leadership (Balasooriya et al., 2010; Khilji and Wang, 2006), and rigid business policies that generally hinder the growth of smaller entrepreneurial firms, resulting in frustration among managers (Khilji, 2013). Hence South Asian countries have to improve their skills and innovation capabilities to improve their economic performance and welfare (Dahlman, 2007).

On the other hand, East Asia has shown accelerated growth since the global financial crisis. In 1990, more than 60 percent of people in East Asia were in extreme poverty; now, only 3.5 percent are. East Asia emerged as the global hub for manufacturing, particularly in information technology products. Production is fragmented across the region, but knitted together in vertically integrated supply chains to serve global markets. But this region also faces many challenges. According to the World Bank, many countries in the region have to worry about losing as much as 15 percent of their working-age population by 2040. Aging population and low fertility rates are to be blamed as 36 percent of the world's population aged over 65 currently live in East Asia. It is a region of many half-frozen conflicts and has a host of territorial and maritime disputes. In spite of accelerated economic growth the region has many domestic problems, such as regional inequality, environmental degradation and corruption, which all threaten its economic strength.

Trillions of dollars of financial wealth have been eroded and millions of jobs have been wiped out in the wake of global financial crisis. Organisations in the West have finally woken up to the East-meets-West approach (Chen and Miller, 2010; Prahalad and Mashelkar, 2010; Tung, 2012; Wooldridge, 2010). This approach requires a blending of ideas, high cultural awareness and an openness that leads to mutual learning. Knowing how to change has become a critical challenge for all organisations in today’s complex environment (Piderit, 2000; Zhou et al., 2006). Organisations should develop global networks of meaningful social relations that facilitate learning and engage in adaptive change. Learning is essential for South Asian and East Asian organisations in order to address the challenges these region are facing. This learning does not only have to come from the West. According to Khilji (2013), South and East Asia can learn a lot from each other – thus advancing an “East-meets-East” approach. The West can also learn from the East in terms of leadership. In fact, scholars and practitioners are being urged to take a closer look at and learn from Indian practices and Indian corporate leaders (Cappelli et al., 2010; Kristie, 2010; Power, 2011). Other business practices, such as the BRAC and social business models that originated in Bangladesh, are also being emulated in the West now.

Both micro- and macro-level studies are invited for this special issue. Quantitative and qualitative approaches are also welcome. We encourage authors to come forward with promising topics to diversify and widen research on the given theme.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the Conference on Peaceful and Prosperous South Asia-Opportunities and Challenges (ICSA-2017), but we are also inviting other experts to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Regional integration for adaptive change
  • Leadership in South and East Asia
  • Innovation in South and East Asia
  • South and East Asian business models for prosperity
  • Educational change in South and East Asia
  • Social change in South and East Asia
  • Learning models for peace and prosperity of South and East Asia
  • Ending poverty in South and East Asia: a necessary change

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 July, 2017


References
Ahmed, S. and Ghani, E. (2007). South Asia Growth and Regional Integration . Delhi : Macmillan.
Balasooriya, A., Alam, Q. and Coghill, K. (2010). State vs. market in search of good governance: the case of Sri Lanka telecommunications industry reforms. Thunderbird International Business Review. Vol. 52, pp.369–389.
Brown, S.L. and Eisenhardt, K.M (1997). The art of continuous change: linking complexity theory and time-paced evolution in relentlessly shifting organizations. Administrative Science Quarterly. Vol. 42, pp.1–34.
Cappelli, P., Singh, H., Singh, J., and Useem, M. (2010). The India Way : lessons for the US . Academy of Management Perspectives . Vol. 24, pp. 6–24.
Chen, M.J. and Miller, D. (2010). West meets East: toward an ambicultural approach to management. Academy of Management Perspectives. Vol. 24, pp.17–24.
Dahlman, C.J. (2007). Improving technology, skill and innovation in South Asia . In: Ahmed S., Ghani E., eds. South Asia Growth and Regional Integration . Delhi : Macmillan, pp. 110–142.
Ghani, E. (2011). The South Asian development paradox: can social outcomes keep pace with growth? Economic Premise . Vol. 53, pp.1–6.
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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management

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  • The last frontier: prospects and policies for the automotive industry in Africa
  • Studying strategic choices of carmakers in the development of energy storage solutions: a patent analysis
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  • The role of national champions in the evolving footprint of vehicle production in Europe - 1990-2013
  • China's auto industry: success despite policy

21 February 2017

Call for papers: "Computational Intelligence: Theory, Methods and Applications"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Swarm Intelligence.

This special issue aims to share the findings of researchers and scholars in the field of knowledge mining, web intelligence, multi agent system and knowledge-based machine learning. It will not only take stock of trends and developments in the globally competitive environment, but will also provide future directions for young researchers and practitioners. The special issue will be of immense benefit to researchers, academicians, industry professionals and participants from technical institutes and R&D organisations, and also so students working in the field of artificial intelligence.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Smart Computing and Communication (SmartTech-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:
  • Neural networks
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Genetic algorithms
  • Agents and multi-agent systems
  • Swarm intelligence
  • Expert systems
  • Supervised/unsupervised learning
  • Decision making
  • Support vector machines
  • Bayesian networks
  • Ant colony optimisation
  • Natural language processing
  • Knowledge-based machine learning

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 10 June, 2017

Special issue published: "Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing"

International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing 6(2/3) 2017

Extended versions of papers presented at the 14th Rapid Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing Conference (RDPM).
  • Tensile and fatigue failure of 3D printed parts with continuous fibre reinforcement
  • Directing self-assembly to grow adaptive physical structures
  • 3D sand printing for automotive mass production applications
  • Smoother and stronger high speed sintered elastomers through surface modification process
  • Product personalisation using personally meaningful data and the creation of new product attributes
  • Towards additive manufacture of next-generation prosthetics, assessing emerging CAD strategies for improving the existing CAD process
  • Commons people: additive manufacturing enabled collaborative commons production (by design)

International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics to publish expanded papers from ICOAE 2017

Extended versions of papers presented at ICOAE 2017 (6 - 8 July 2017, Coventry, England) will be published by the International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics.

Call for papers: "Empowering Innovation in the Public Sector"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Public Sector Performance Management.

Developing a better understanding of innovation in public sector management and its infrastructure is gaining traction among policy makers and researchers all around the world. Organisations are increasingly using external knowledge and new paradigms to enhance innovative effects for improving public values.

This special issue aims to present new developments and perspectives in technology approaches and related analysis designed to improve individual, group, organisational and inter-organisational performance.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • IT-enabled innovation in the public sector
  • Role of online communities
  • Security management in the public sector
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Cloud computing for data management
  • Big data management
  • Data mining in public sectors
  • Open innovation business models
  • Information infrastructure

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 31 August, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 October, 2017
Final versions due by: 31 January, 2018

20 February 2017

Special issue published: "Governance of Inter-Firm Networks in the Automotive Industry: the Static-Dynamic Efficiency Paradox"

International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management 17(1) 2017
  • Characteristics of project-based alliances: evidence from the automotive industry
  • In-house production versus specific forms of supplier governance: testing predictions of the global value chains model
  • The exercise of power in inter-organisational relationships in response to changes in the institutional environment: cases from the European automotive industry
  • Relational resources and capabilities in acquisitions, joint ventures and alliances in the automotive industry
  • Automaker-supplier relationships and new product development in the truck industry: the case of Volvo do Brasil

Call for papers: "Niche Tourism and Residents' Well-being in Island Destinations"

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

Islands, due to various characteristics such as idyllic environments, remoteness and rich natural and cultural fabric, have always been considered desirable destinations. In fact, islands have relied on tourism not only for increasing their economic prosperity, but also for effectively handling challenges they face such as limited resources, segregation, dependency on the rest world, and structural concerns. As such, tourism for many islands has become one of their main pillars of development as well as a core source of income and employment. Nonetheless, in our turbulent globalised environment more and more islands need to find ways to deal with significant competitive forces while at the same time keep their genuine character, without compromising their attractiveness.

In this regard, island destinations endeavour to develop special forms of tourism with the aim of diversifying their tourism product, acquiring competitive edge and ultimately rejuvenating their tourism industries. With evidence that contemporary global trends require islands to be competitive but also sustainable for their future development, emphasis needs to be given to matters regarding how efficiently and effectively niche tourism is managed and how this can influence expansion of the prosperity of local residents. Moreover, in a time where niche forms of tourism seem to counterbalance the misruled mass tourism development of recent decades, practices concerning how islands destinations are planned and projected are questioned in terms of their effectiveness and/or adverse impacts on their sustainable development in economic, environmental and sociocultural terms, and also impact on island residents’ well-being.

An important theme that therefore needs to be addressed is the identification of how niche forms of tourism developed on island destinations may affect the overall prosperity of the islands’ inhabitants. In this respect, the aim of this special issue is to examine various special forms of niche tourism on islands; how these could be sustainably developed and managed under current global conditions, intensive competition and various types of crises (environmental, economic, political, social); and mainly, how they can affect the overall quality of life of indigenous people. The issue will provide an opportunity for academics, practitioners, policy makers, consultants and researchers to discuss and exchange ideas and methodologies concerning the various types of niche tourism on islands, their contributions to maximising tourism potential as well as their residents’ well-being, and strategies and measures for their long-term sustainable development.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers that focus on (but not limited to) the following themes applied to an island context:
  • Sustainable tourism development: competitiveness versus sustainability and residents' well-being
  • Best practices for special forms of tourism management and residents' well-being
  • Criticism of niche tourism forms on islands and residents' well-being
  • Sustainable management of island destinations
  • Niche tourism and destination authenticity
  • Niche tourism on islands and cultural changes, cultural/interest conflicts
  • Globalisation, industrialisation, commercialisation, post-modernism and island residents' prosperity
  • Hosts and guests, individuality, collectivity, stakeholders, community, welfare
  • Social/economic/ethical/familial roles, structure/impact, social class
  • The role of local residents on the niche tourism experience
  • Niche tourists' motivation, behaviour and perceptions
  • Sociocultural impacts of niche tourism and residents' well-being
  • Minorities, indigenous populations, folk art/customs, literature, art, museums, religion
  • Event tourism and residents' well-being
  • Socioeconomic and political dimensions of niche tourism on islands and residents' well-being
  • Niche tourism on islands and residents' well-being; implications for the elderly, women, children, the disabled; gender equality
  • Niche tourism on islands and terrorism, disasters, crises, politics, democracy/human rights, war, peace

Important Dates
Submission of abstracts (300 words approximately) (by email): 30 June, 2017
Submission of manuscripts (online): 20 December, 2017
Notification to authors: 25 March, 2018
Final versions due: 24 June, 2018


First issue: International Journal of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (free sample issue available)

The International Journal of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation primarily focuses on the commercialisation of research and innovation results. This critical process is now recognised as the RIC (Research-Innovation-Commercialisation) concept for technological success. As a result of this, there is increasing interest in streamlining research and innovation efforts to bring the outcomes to commercialisable products. IJRIC is in a prime position to fill a gap in the literature by bringing together the three key categories of research, innovation and commercialisation and their theories and practices.

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

Special issue published: "Recent Applications of Computer Science and Technology"

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology 55(1) 2017

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Automation, Control, Engineering and Computer Science (ACECS-2015).
  • BDI-agent-based quantum-behaved PSO for shipboard power system reconfiguration
  • A constructive heuristic for the two-dimensional bin packing based on value correction
  • State and fault estimation based on interval type-2 fuzzy inference system optimised by genetic algorithms
  • Modelling and identification of an irrigation station using hybrid possibilistic c-means and fuzzy particle swarm optimisation
  • Disturbance influence on neuronal system modelling
  • Robust fault detection and isolation in bond graph modelled processes with Bayesian networks
  • An enumerative biclustering algorithm based on greatest common divisor: application to DNA microarray data
  • Identification and development of a real-time motion control for a mobile robot's DC gear motor
  • Simulation model of pedestrians swarm in evacuation situations

19 February 2017

Call for papers: "Synergising Digital-based Technology, Accounting and Management in Developing Business Sustainability and Economic Growth in Emerging Markets"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Public Sector Performance Management.

For many years, emerging markets such as BRIC, South Korea and Indonesia were perceived as bearing higher economic potential yet higher risk compared to their more-developed counterparts. Innovative use of digital-based technology has long been expected to be the key driver for tapping into the economic potential of emerging markets sustainably. Hence improving access to valuable insights and best practices in the application of digital-based technology by businesses in emerging markets has never been more important.
 
Therefore, this special issue calls for researchers to report their findings regarding the latest developments in digital-based technology integration in management and accounting practices, particularly in emerging markets.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Economics and policy studies
  • Start-up and small business development
  • Human capital and talent development
  • Knowledge management
  • Strategic management and decision making
  • Innovation management
  • Big data, data sciences, data mining
  • e-Business
  • e-Government
  • e-Governance
  • Internet Of Things
  • ICT for society
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Operations and quality management
  • Performance management
  • Green marketing
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Financial accounting
  • Accounting information systems
  • Managerial accounting
  • Capital market
  • Public sector accounting
  • Islamic accounting
  • Social accounting
  • Corporate finance
  • Market discipline
  • Behavioural finance
  • International finance
  • Risk management
  • Market microstructure
  • Business ethics
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Sustainability
  • Islamic finance

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 2 August, 2017
Notification to authors: 4 October, 2017
Final versions due: 6 December, 2017

International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing to publish expanded papers from ICES2k17

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Electronic Sciences (9-10 March 2017, Coimbatore, India) will be published by the International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing.

18 February 2017

Special issue published: "Specialised Discourse and Language on Energy, Ecology and Environment"

Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal 10(2/3) 2016

Extended versions of papers presented at the 2014 International Conference "Energy, Environment and Ecology and the Intersecting Contributions of Specialized Languages, Discourse, Culture and Disciplines”.
  • What does 'clean energy' refer to?
  • Black gold, green marketing: multimodal analysis of the environmental sustainability discourse of the world's largest petroleum companies
  • Reconciling energy and the environment: emerging webgenres in the oil industry
  • Energy, environment and environmentalism: Wales with/vs. Britain
  • Civil society and nuclear plants in cross-border regions: the mobilisation against Fessenheim- and Cattenom nuclear power stations
  • Fukushima and its treatment in the press
  • The evolution of environmental ideas in the city: the activist work of three Los Angeles artists
  • IT-enabled comprehensive building environmental assessment
  • Measuring the specific land requirements of large-scale metal mines for iron, bauxite, copper, gold and silver
  • Halal business and sustainability: strategies, resources and capabilities of halal third-party logistics (3PLs)
  • Prospecting of renewable energy technologies for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi: a techno-economic analysis



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  • A non-contact human-computer interaction application design based on electrostatic current of human body
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  • Modelling and evaluating CCUS: a survey

Special issue published: "Knowledge Transfer and its Impact on Commercial Processes"

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation 14(3/4) 2016
  • Relational investigation: psychological capital with psychological wellbeing and mediating role of organisational citizenship behaviour
  • Biotechnologies: market structuring and competitive strategies
  • Using Idea 2 Product Labs® as a strategy for accelerating technology transfer
  • The centrality of university spin-offs within their meso-level network. An assessment of impacts on firm performance
  • Beyond research and development: policy options for overcoming obstacles to commercialisation of R&D results in Nigeria
  • Factors influencing adoption of clinical information system in private clinics in Chennai, India

Call for papers: "Cyber Manufacturing – Emerging Frontiers in Sensing, Modelling and Control"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing.

The aim of this special issue is to present recent research advancements in cyber manufacturing. The 2016 Whitehouse report on advanced manufacturing emphasises the burgeoning need for fundamental research in next-generation technologies to spur manufacturing innovation. An information transparent cyber manufacturing paradigm is a key component of this thrust. Novel sensing, analytics, physical process modelling, part measurement and materials testing strategies, among other things, are consequential milestones that must be achieved to fully capitalise the revolutionary potential of cyber manufacturing.
 
Work in all areas of advanced manufacturing and materials processing including, but not limited to, the following will be considered: additive manufacturing; non-traditional manufacturing; subtractive, formative, nano manufacturing; robotics; pharmaceutical manufacturing; electronics manufacturing; precision machining; bio-manufacturing.
 
Specific subject areas include
  • Sensor fusion and data analytics
  • Process control
  • Functional integrity measurement and testing, and reliability analysis
  • Non-destructive testing and evaluation
  • Process-machine interaction modelling and variability reduction
  • Cause-effect analysis and defect mitigation strategies
  • Manufacturing security and cloud manufacturing
  • Cobotics and cooperative robotics
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Optimisation
  • Design of experiment strategies and human factors
  • Human-machine interfaces
  • Virtual manufacturing
  • Green manufacturing
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 November, 2017
Notification to authors: 15 January, 2018
Final versions due: 15 March, 2018

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control 2017

Extended versions of papers presented at the 9th International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control (10-12 July 2017, Kunming, China) will be published by the following journals:

17 February 2017

Special issue published: "Big Data, Smart Health and Health Informatics"

International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices 2(1) 2017
  • E-learning through telemedicine in neurosurgical teaching and patient care
  • Enabler for success in information technology implementation: a case discussion of telemedicine of Odisha
  • ECG data compression algorithm for tele-monitoring of cardiac patients
  • Rapid mHealth - a mobile healthcare application development framework
  • Deterministic risk analysis smart health model for heart ailments using neural networks
  • Histogram-based adaptive learning for background modelling: moving object detection in video surveillance

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  • Development of ultrasonic tachography system for gait analysis
  • Conceptual-level bio-inspired retinal design using analogue VLSI systems
  • Medical image registration based on fuzzy c-means clustering segmentation approach using SURF
  • A CMOS lock-in amplifier for low-power biomedical applications
  • Enhancement of fissure using back propagation neural network and segmentation of lobes in CT scan image

Inderscience is media partner for 5th Annual Sustainable HydroPower Development 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for 5th Annual Sustainable HydroPower Development (4-5 April 2017, Prague, Czech Republic).

The journals involved are:

Special issue published: "Dioxins, Sources and Effects, Formation and Abatement: Part I"

International Journal of Environment and Pollution 60(1/2/3/4) 2016
  • Global research activities on dioxins and dioxin-like compounds
  • What can we learn from 'dioxin incidents'?
  • De novo synthesis of dioxins: a review
  • De novo synthesis in iron ore sintering
  • Levels and profiles of dioxins from circulating fluidised bed incineration
  • Capture of dioxin derivatives on activated carbons: breakthrough curve modelling and isotherm parameters
  • Thermal desorption for remediating PCB-contaminated soil

Call for papers: "Future Impact of Nano and Biomaterials"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials.

The main aim of this special issue is to organise the various theoretical and practical implications for overcoming the problems in the nano and biomaterial research. we are looking for different summaries, articles, ideas and reports for reducing the issues in the nano and biomaterial research. We welcome different experimental reports, new innovations in nano-biomaterial, practical and theoretical reports in an effective manner.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Characteristics about the nano and biomaterials
  • Physical, chemical and biological response of the nano- biomaterials
  • Tissues, artificial tissues, biological materials
  • Different applications and advantages for utilising the nano materials
  • Anti-microbial activities of the nano-material
  • Various bio-organism activities and the related template
  • Development of nano-biotube sensors
  • Nano-material related nucleus analysing for detecting the various diseases
  • Analysing of various nano-particles
  • Nano-structured steel engineering applications
  • Medical applications involved in the nano-particle evaluations

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 1 May, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 July, 2017
Final versions due: 1 October, 2017


16 February 2017

Call for papers: "Research on the Social Impact of Technological Innovation"

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

The purpose of this special issue is to continue and to extend the academic dialogue about business, enterprises (not only small and medium ones but also the large and multinational companies), as well as globalisation. We aim to foster a further understanding of these topics, which are of increasing in relevance around the world.

Indonesia has more than 52 million units of small and medium enterprises. This shows that the entrepreneurial intent of Indonesian people is tremendously high. Notwithstanding that Indonesia still has social problems, such as a high level of poverty and unemployment. The existence of SMEs in Indonesia has given a lot of contributions to the problem stated. That being said, small and medium enterprises hold a significant role as the economic drive.

At present, Indonesia is facing the ASEAN – China free trade area (ACFTA). In consequence, small and medium enterprises need to be continuously developed in order to increase the competitiveness level of local products compared to the overseas ones. The development is conducted by preparing the SMEs in becoming global actors in the international market. Apart from governmental support in assisting the SMEs in managing the business, knowledge and technology application are also needed by micro, small and medium enterprises in order to push on the competitiveness level in addressing the free trade.

In order to synchronise the economic growth and the welfare of the society, the government needs to work together with all of the Indonesian people. Active roles of the researchers, business people, the government, and also students are required in solving the problem, not only in the form scientific creations but also the technical practices in business. Entrepreneurship poses as one of the supporting factors in Indonesian welfare and economic growth. The small number of entrepreneurs (1.5% of total population, based on the ministry of state owned enterprise) in the country is still lacking. Indonesia needs at least 2.5% out of the population as entrepreneurs so that the country is significantly growing in prosperity. The researchers and academicians are also obliged in supporting and strengthening the national innovation system in the production, process, and marketing areas in order to reinforce a sustainable global competitiveness, toward an innovation-driven economy.

We welcome qualitative as well as quantitative and mixed methodologies, as long as this is well grounded in the literature. Please see the following articles:
  • Dana, L. P. & Dumez, H. (2015) "Qualitative Research Revisited: Epistemology of a Comprehensive Approach," International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Small Business 26 (2), October 2015, pp. 154-170.
  • Dana, L. P. & Dana, T. E. (2005) "Expanding the Scope of Methodologies Used in Entrepreneurship Research," International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Small Business 2 (1), 2005, pp. 79-88.
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Small Business (IICIES), 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:
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Management of technology
  • Leadership
  • Managing small business and start-up
  • Entrepreneurial marketing
  • Entrepreneurial finance

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 10 May, 2017
Notification to authors: 5 August, 2017
Final versions due: 31 December, 2017

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Special issue published: "Advanced Technologies for Wireless Personal Area Network (WPANs)"

International Journal of Information and Communication Technology 10(2) 2017
  • Optimisation of IEEE 802.15.4: overview, theoretical study and simulation
  • Energy efficient routing algorithm over cross layer design and enrichment of security in ZigBee network
  • An exploratory case study on cloud ERP implementation
  • Daily user-online load forecasting for social network site based on the DFT resampling interpolation with periodic extension
  • Controllability of singular linear systems by Legendre wavelets
  • De-noising effect evaluation of froth images of coal flotation using improved information capacity based on grey level co-occurrence matrix
  • Per-antenna signal to leakage noise ratio precoding for MU-MIMO-OFDM system with reduced feedback 
  • Providing an optimal QoS using demand-based distributed reservation protocol allocation algorithm for WiMedia medium access control

Inderscience is media partner for 6th Annual Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Europe Congress 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for the 6th Annual Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Europe Congress 2017 (25-27 April 2017, Birmingham, UK).

The journals involved are:

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing

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  • Optimal design of joint network LDPC codes over orthogonal multiple-access relay channels
  • Code-based authentication with designated verifier
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Call for papers: "Challenges in Smart Reasoning Intelligent Systems"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Reasoning-based Intelligent Systems.

The objective of this special issue is to present the latest in intelligent systems information, linguistics information and intelligent engineering. It will focus on different reasoning-based intelligent systems summaries, articles, tutorials, research opinions and ideas with the aim of addressing issues currently present in intelligent systems.
Smart systems have emerged significantly in recent years and different systems come with their own specific challenges. This special issue will explore the approaches and state-of-the-art algorithms that researchers using to address these challenges.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Natural language processing using intelligent systems
  • Logical reasoning systems
  • Software quality prediction using the machine learning system
  • Traffic control and safety protection systems
  • Supervision systems
  • Decoding GP systems
  • Intrusion detection system design and implementation
  • Numerical function
  • Bio inspired web service discovery processes
  • Query processing
  • Unsupervised bio signal analysis
  • Fuzzy neuro predictive control system
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 20 June, 2017

15 February 2017

Special issue published: "Multiple Perspectives of Technology Management"

International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems 5(2) 2016
  • Personal style, culture and performance outcomes in projects: what is the role of project leader individual differences?
  • Complementarity vs. compatibility: what really matters for partner selection in open innovation?
  • Global technological knowledge compliance management: action research on organisational transformation in three Asian countries
  • Impacts of electrification of automotive transport in different OECD countries
  • Case study: Nordic Windpower's critical blade failures

Inderscience is media partner for Pharmaceutical Microbiology 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Pharmaceutical Microbiology USA (8-9 June 2017, San Diego, USA).

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Call for papers: "Cloud-based Data Processing in Electronic Government"

For a special issue of Electronic Government, an International Journal.

The main goal of this special issue is to provide valuable information about the design, development, implementation, management and applications towards future government data processing, storage etc. via a cloud-based approach. We aim to help to deal with the various knowledge, research thoughts, and opinions regarding cloud-based data processing in government related electronic data. This issue analyses the edge information, practical guidelines, interpretation about the e-government framework details in the worldwide scale from a cloud-based perspective. For overcoming those computational problems, we will gather the researchers, tutorials, lectures, engineers, businessman’s ideas for making recommendations to solve their computational issues in a successfull manner towards building a fully electronic based government. Let us look into the future...
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Smart government applications
  • Cloud and the services related governance
  • Internet of Things present in the government services
  • E-governance, e-voting
  • E-payment and the relevant administration
  • Knowledge and Intelligent related government system
  • Unique identification number systems in government
  • Quality of information sharing systems
  • E-government service integration and interoperability system
  • E-procurement systems in public domain
  • E-commerce and the cross boundary stock holder relationship
  • E-business domain sharing and loyalty maintaining
  • Demographic domain information and sharing
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 1 May, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 July, 2017
Final versions due: 1 October, 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Web and Grid Services

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Web and Grid Services are now available here for free:
  • IFOA4WSC: a quick and effective algorithm for QoS-aware servicecomposition
  • Sensitive GRASP: combinatorial optimisation of composite web services guided by sensitivity analysis
  • Transaction history-based web service composition for uncertain QoS
  • Automated structural semantic annotation for RESTful services
  • A collaborative framework of web service recommendation with clustering-extended matrix factorisation

Research Picks Extra – February 2017

Students buy counterfeit software
A survey of students in India suggests that many buy counterfeit, or pirated, computer software, do not consider their purchases unethical despite being well aware of the option to buy legitimate versions. Fundamentally, “the results suggests that factors like value consciousness, lesser knowledge of copyright laws and novelty seeking behaviour of users are key determinants for purchasing pirated software,” the team reports. Ultimately, this attitude could have a detrimental effect on company profits for the originators of such software and worse still affect their brand in a negative way of pirated software is over lower quality than the legitimate product. The team suggests that educating students early about how they are breaking the law in using pirated software will be important in reducing this form of product abuse.
Rishi, B. and Mehra, A.K. (2017) ‘Key determinants for purchasing pirated software among students‘, Int. J. Technology Marketing, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp.4-22.

On the internet nobody knows you’re a dog
There is a common perception that even shy and introverted individuals are as active as their extrovert counterparts on social media. However, a study from India that investigates personality type with social media use suggests a more obvious correlation that extroverts spend more time spent on social media, share more information and activity publicly. In contrast those with so-called neuroticism show a negative correlation relationship with overall social media use. “A significant difference is found between the time spent on social media and frequency of use of social media on mobile phone for different personality categories,” the team says. There are useful implications for human resource managers in recruitment and training inasmuch as a candidate’s personality type might be betrayed by considering their social media use and this might then inform more effective decision making with better long-term outcomes for a given job.
Jain, A., Gera, N. and Ilavarasan, P.V. (2016) ‘Whether social media use differs across different personality types? Insights for managing human resources‘, Int. J. Work Organisation and Emotion, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp.241-256.

Work-life balance
Researchers in India hoped to discover whether or not emotional intelligence contributes to personal contentment. As such, they have explored the association between work-life balance and job satisfaction. Their survey of 180 workers in healthcare organisations suggests that work-life balance and job satisfaction are positively correlated as one might expect. Moreover, this is mediated by emotional intelligence. “The results of the study offer possibility to develop intervention plans which includes wisdom and emotional intelligence as the principal component to increase the overall job satisfaction of employed professionals,” the team concludes.
Pradhan, R.K., Pattnaik, R. and Jena, L.K. (2016) ‘Does emotional intelligence contribute to contentment? Exploring the association between work-life balance and job satisfaction‘, Int. J. Work Organisation and Emotion, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp.180-197.

Taking back control with a fuzzy cuckoo
Search optimisation inspired by nature is an important aspect of non-linear control systems. As such, a team in India has now turned to the parasitic bird, the cuckoo, which lays its eggs in the nests of other avian species. The chicks then out-compete the natural chicks of those birds, taking all their nest space and food and thriving to become the next generation to the detriment of the natural offspring, which usually die before reaching adulthood. The way in which cuckoos search for appropriate nests is embedded in a novel algorithm that can quickly seek out solutions to a problem. The team has validated their approach with an experimental setup of a food industry process using a conical tank to determine optimal liquid discharge rate for a given set of parameters.
Kumar, P., Nema, S. and Padhy, P.K. (2017) ‘Fuzzy-cuckoo controller for nonlinear system‘, Int. J. Systems, Control and Communications, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp.41-56.