31 March 2017

Special issue published: "Recent Advancement in Tyre Modelling, Parameterisation and Validation"

International Journal of Vehicle Performance 3(2) 2017
  • A multi-laser sensor system to measure rolling deformation for truck tyres
  • Prediction of influence of operating conditions and tyre design parameters on tyre cornering characteristics
  • Finite element modelling of a pneumatic tyre interacting with rigid road and deformable terrain
  • Tyre cornering stiffness finite element analysis for tyre design parameters determination
  • Parameter identification of in-plane flexible ring tyre model based on static load-deflection data: some insights

Call for papers: "Technological Innovation for Sustainable Development under Globalisation: Complementary Policy, Business and Financing Models"

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

Globalisation has expedited cross-border investments, technology transfer and knowledge exchange with the advancement of ICT. However, environmental sustainability has continued to deteriorate as evidenced by worsening air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions associated with fossil fuels and ongoing climate change. The continuing utilisation of conventional technologies and embedded legacy infrastructures would merely lead to a trajectory of un-sustainability as climate change intensifies over time.

Efforts are needed on a global scale to enable technological innovation and the adoption of new technologies for sustainable development around the world. Related R&D management and investments into technological innovation that enhances environmental sustainability are considered critical to reverse a trend towards un-sustainability. New economic, business and financing models are much needed should the world aim to revert this path.

While it is criticised that the existing global financial system has diverged resources into short-term financial profits against long-term sustainability, UNPRI has advocated the development of a framework for responsible investing and sustainable financing as an innovation approach that could enhance allocation of resources into the development of technological infrastructure for sustainability. In the meantime, there have been increasing interests in green financing and investing among institutional stakeholders within the global capital market.

This special issue welcomes submissions that investigate complementary policies, business and financing models for technological innovation and sustainable development under globalisation. We particularly encourage papers that are cross-disciplinary in their pursuit of issues and solutions for sustainable development.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • The role of global financial system for innovation in sustainability
  • Global policies and regulatory measures for green accounting, financing and investments
  • New business and financial models for technological innovation and sustainability
  • Entrepreneurial financing and venture capital for technological innovation and sustainability
  • Sustainable financing investing in green infrastructure, such as energy
  • Issuance of green bonds and other innovative financial instruments
  • UNPRI initiatives for responsible and sustainable investing
  • Sustainable investing in advanced and emerging economies
  • Allocating resources into R&D for sustainable development
  • Knowledge and technology transfer for sustainable development in a global environment
  • Research on responsible innovation
  • Cradle-to-cradle business models
  • Frugal innovation and other forms of lean footprint business development

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 30 June, 2018
Notification to authors: 30 September, 2018
Final versions due by: 10 December, 2018

Ashford, N.A. and Hall, R.P. (2011). Technology, Globalization and Sustainable Development, Yale University Press.
Bocken, N. M. P., Short, S. W., Rana, P. and Evans, S. (2014). A literature and practice review to develop sustainable business model archetypes. Journal of Cleaner Production, 65, 42-56.
Hebb, T., Hawley, J. P., Hoepner, A. G. F., Neher, A. L. and Wood, D., eds. (2016) The Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment. Routledge.
Hoepner, A. Oikonomou, I. , Scholtens, L. J. R. and Schröder, M. (2016). The effects of corporate and country sustainability characteristics on the cost of debt: an international investigation. Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 43 (1-2). pp. 158-190.
Hofstra, N. and Huisingh, D. (2014). Eco-innovations characterized: a taxonomic classification of relationships between humans and nature. Journal of Cleaner Production, 66, 459-468.
Kumar, S. and Putnam, V. (2008). Cradle to cradle: Reverse logistics strategies and opportunities across three industry sectors. International Journal of Production Economics, 115(2), 305-315.
Nathwani, J. and Ng, A. W. (2014). Investing in the next generation of infrastructure for sustainable energy in Canada. Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, 4(3), 272-279.
Oyegunle, A. and Weber, O. (2015). Development of Sustainability and Green Banking Regulations - Existing Codes and Practices (pp. 24), Centre for International Governance Innovation.
Weber, O., and Feltmate, B. (2016). Sustainable Banking: Managing the Social and Environmental Impact of Financial Institutions. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Weber, O. (2014). The financial sector's impact on sustainable development. Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, 4(1), 1-8.
Weyrauch, T. and Herstatt, C. (2017). What is frugal innovation? Three defining criteria. Journal of Frugal Innovation, 2(1), 1.
Wut, T.M., and Ng, A. (2015). CSR practice and sustainable business performance: evidence from the global financial centre of China, Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences , 195, 133-141.

International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology to publish expanded papers from IRES 2017

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Innovative Research in Engineering and Science (16-17 June 2017, Pathum Thani, Thailand) will be published by the International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology.

Special issue published: "Recent Developments in Wireless and Optical Communication Networks"

International Journal of Information and Communication Technology 10(3) 2017
  • Topology control based on the group mobility model for mobile wireless mesh backbone networks
  • Time dispersion analysis and capacity for ultra wideband channel in indoor environment
  • Performance evaluation of downlink packet scheduling for real time traffic in LTE system
  • Analysing varying rate flood attack on real flow in MANET and solution proposal 'real flow dynamic queue'
  • An enhanced burst assembly scheme over optical burst switching networks
  • Study of GPS scintillation during solar maximum at Malaysia
  • Improved random access for contention bandwidth request in LTE networks under extended typical urban 70 channel
  • An adaptive contention slot selection mechanism for improving the performance of IEEE 802.11 DCF
  • Design, implementation and analysis of wearable biomedical assistance device for elderly

30 March 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Project Organisation and Management

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Project Organisation and Management are now available here for free:
  • Project team learning in mega projects: are we truly learning the lessons?
  • Factors influencing life cycle management for community infrastructure development
  • Changing institutional practices in the Dutch construction industry
  • Organisational influences impacting user involvement in a major information system project: a case study in a governmental organisation
  • Realising value from projects: a performance-based analysis of determinants of successful realisation of project benefits

Special issue published: "Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development: Common Purpose and Divergent Perspectives"

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development 11(2/3) 2017
  • Sustainable finance? The environmental impact of the 'equator principles' and the credit industry
  • Is the time ripe for global binding norms for corporate accountability?
  • A comparative review of the role of markets and institutions in sustaining innovation in cleantech: a critical mass approach
  • Cultural framework and its influence on corporate social responsibility professionals' profile
  • Challenges and strategies for start-up social movement organisations: the case of a new Canadian climate change advocacy group
  • The power of the social domain in sustainable development: non-market strategies for generating sustainable competitive advantage
Additional papers
  • Innovation and environmental sustainability: analysis in Brazilian metal-mechanic industry
  • Is open innovation supporting sustainable innovation? Findings based on a systematic, explorative analysis of existing literature
  • Understanding information system quality on public e-government service intention: an empirical study
  • Motivations behind green consumption and the influence of environmental consciousness on consumer behaviour

Call for papers: "Advances in Intelligent Machine Tools and Manufacturing"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems.

Intelligent machine tools and manufacturing are frontier areas attracting global research and engineering efforts. This special issue aims to bring together papers that report recent advances and challenges in addressing problems and finding new solutions for intelligent machine tools and manufacturing. We hope to deliver readers promising new ideas and directions for future developments in this area.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Machine tool dynamics
  • Mechanics of machining process
  • Novel designs and smart structures in spindles, feed drives, guideways, etc.
  • Sensors and actuators as applied to machine tools
  • Machining process monitoring and control, including tool wear/breakage, chatter/vibration, collision, temperatures/thermal error, balancing, etc.
  • Mode of intelligent manufacturing process
  • Sensing, decision-making and control in manufacturing
  • Condition monitoring and fault diagnosis
  • Self-awareness and maintenance
  • Big data and cloud-based manufacturing
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 31 July, 2017
Notification to authors: 1 October, 2017
Final versions due by: 1 December, 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Immune Profiling Congress US 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Immune Profiling Congress US 2017 (10-12 April 2017, Washington D.C., USA).

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

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Computing Science and Mathematics

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Computing Science and Mathematics are now available here for free:
  • Optimising web service composition based on differential fruit fly optimisation algorithm
  • A harmonic suppression method of variable frequency drive based on bacterial foraging algorithm
  • A single perishable product from a single-producer and multiple-buyer's model for Weibull deterioration with time dependent demand and allowable shortage
  • A teaching evaluation method based on sentiment classification
  • A case study on effect of grouping technique in a multi-stage hybrid flow shop
  • A novel community influence evaluation scheme based on information propagation in social network
  • Research on dynamic trust model based on recommendation trust iteration
  • Exponential stability results for fixed and random type impulsive Hopfield neural networks

29 March 2017

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

International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking 10(1/2) 2017
  • Virtual networks dependability assessment framework
  • HB-PPAC: hierarchy-based privacy preserving access control technique in public cloud
  • Enhanced low latency queuing algorithm with active queue management for multimedia applications in wireless networks
  • On the field design bug tolerance on a multi-core processor using FPGA
  • An optimised background modelling for efficient foreground extraction
  • A personalised movie recommendation system based on collaborative filtering
  • Fuzzy logic for decision-enablement: a novel context-awareness framework for smarter environments
  • An analysis on the performance of hash table-based dictionary implementations with different data usage models
  • Privacy preserving framework for brute force attacks in cloud environment
  • Fuzzy cost probability-based suppressed flooding multi-constrained QoS multicast routing for MANETs 
  • Achieving fine-grained access control and mitigating role explosion by utilising ABE with RBAC
  • Customer experience and associated customer behaviour in end user devices and technologies (smartphones, mobile internet, mobile financial services)
  • DCRMRP: distributed cooperative relay-based multihop routing protocol for WiMedia networks
  • Live migration of virtual machines with their local persistent storage in a data intensive cloud
  • Bloom filter-based framework for cache management in large cloud metadata databases

Call for papers: "Enterprise Network Management Technologies and Tools for E-commerce, Mobile Commerce and Social Commerce Frameworks"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Enterprise Network Management.

The world is shrinking day by day with the advancement of technology. Customers’ expectations are also increasing and companies are prone to a more and more uncertain environment. With the advancement of information technology (IT), social e-commerce is developing rapidly and has also paved the ways for seamless accessibility of e-commerce related processes anytime and anywhere.
The IT field is evolving and developing every day. New technologies in computers and mobile devices are shaping the way the world communicates with one another, gets work done, and spends its free time. Companies will find that their conventional social e-commerce integration must be expanded beyond their peripheries. The strategic and technological innovations in e-commerce will impact on how organisations buy and sell in the future. However clear vision, strong planning and technical insight into the internet’s capabilities would be necessary to ensure that companies maximise the internet’s potential for better e-commerce management and ultimately improved competitiveness.

Internet technology, the world-wide-web, electronic commerce etc. will change the way a company is required to do business. These companies must realise that they must harness the power of technology to collaborate with their business partners. The internet and other networking links to observe past performance and historical trends to determine how much product should be made as well as the best and cost effective methods for warehousing it or shipping it to retailers.
E-commerce refers to the wide range of tools and techniques utilised to conduct business in a “paperless environment”. Electronic commerce, therefore, includes electronic data interchange, e-mail, electronic fund transfers, electronic publishing, image processing, electronic bulletin boards, shared databases and magnetic/optical data capture. Companies are able to automate the process of moving documents electronically between suppliers and customers. This system provides access to customers all over the world and thus eliminates geographical limitations. Some of the e-commerce applications with applications in B2C (business to consumer) and B2B (business to business) space, which are changing the dynamics of e-commerce Management.

All over the world, the way business is carried out is changing with the use of information technology. Most businesses now have to compete in a global environment. Mobile commerce has converted into a strategic issue among firms seeking personalised marketing channels. Many of the mobile operators offer a broad range of transaction services, such as ticket reservations, banking, and shopping, as well as infotainment and directory services.

One of the most critical ways IT affects business is in changing the relationship between suppliers and customers, in particular, the ways that customers buy from firms and how suppliers interact with buyers. As we consider the future, the traditional procurement approach will be transformed into e-sourcing. The objectives of IT in social e-commerce are providing information availability and visibility, enabling a single point of contact for data, allowing decisions based on total e-commerce information and enabling collaboration with partner’s IT in e-commerce, enables great opportunities, ranging from direct operational benefits to the creation of strategic advantage. It changes industry structures and even the rules of competition.

IT is key in supporting companies creating strategic advantage by enabling centralised strategic planning with day-to-day centralised operations. In fact, e-commerce becomes more market-oriented because of IT usage. “Technology” is a vehicle to enhance e-commerce competitiveness and performance by enhancing the overall effectiveness and efficiency of logistics systems, Hence, choosing the right technology for various logistics activities or sub-processes is very crucial to any business to gain a competitive advantage in today’s competitive market. Information technology (IT) tools and solutions are essential to facilitate this. Therefore, it is necessary to develop and establish an efficient system to provide a strong foundation for smart e-commerce.

In this special issue, we are particularly interested in high-quality contributions and innovations in this interdisciplinary area of smart e-commerce technologies, tools, systems, and services.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Technology Platforms for E-commerce and M-commerce
    • E-business and e-commerce adoption
    • E-commerce and cultural issues
    • E-commerce CRM, ERP, DSS, HRM, policy
    • E-commerce strategic management and leadership
    • E-commerce security and trust, stress and strain impacts
    • Global e-commerce and microfinance
    • Law, copyright, and intelligent property in e-commerce
    • E-sourcing, e-catalogues, e-auction
    • E-tailing and e- procurement
    • Electronic supply chains electronic supply chains
    • E-commerce technologies and the workplace
    • E-marketplace and web based tracking 
    • E-services and technologies
    • Financial information systems
    • Mobile services and mobile advertising
    • Mobile commerce technologies and management
    • Online marketing and mobile payments 
    • Search engine optimisation
    • Virtual commerce and virtual enterprises
    • Virtual communities and teleworking
    • Web commerce utilisation and management
    • Web portals technologies
    • Electronic data interchange and internet
    • E-business applications with context-awareness and information quality-of-service 
    • Mobile architectures and m-business models
    • Mobile user interfaces - trust/security/protection 
    • E-commerce collaboration and e-services-semantic web - web services 
    • Services over the Internet, wireless, mobile phone, and other cybernetic systems
    • Cryptography for enabling e-commerce
    • Future development of e-business
    • Digital economics and digital content
    • Languages for describing goods and services
    • online auctions and technologies
    • Wireless communications virtual communities
    • Integration of mental models and big data analytics in e-commerce
    • Mobile commerce analytics that create new e-commerce models
    • Business redesign through big data initiatives
    • Electronic wallets
  • Enterprise Engineering
    • Business-IT alignment 
    • Business process management 
    • B2C/B2B considerations 
    • Business performance 
    • Enterprise architecture, business models, enterprise ontologies 
    • Internet of Things and sensing enterprise, business
    • Intelligence, innovation/migration/change management - consumer decision making and buying behavior models 
    • Recommender systems and global trends
  • Sustainable Social E-commerce
    • Social networks and social commerce 
    • Big data analytics and social network analysis  
    • Text mining and web mining 
    • Social media and digital marketing and mobile commerce 
    • Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding - business policy, strategy and governance 
    • Green computing for e-commerce 
    • Internationalisation and social, ethical and cultural factors 
    • Product comparison services and shopping assistants 
    • Compute e-commerce and social media national advertising
    • Online to offline business models and social network analytics for business
    • Novel recommender systems for smart e-commerce
    • Innovative applications, services and systems for e-commerce
    • Smart e-commerce assisted by big data analytics and other IT
    • AI and deep learning for e-commerce
    • Affective human computer interactions for e-commerce
    • Security and privacy of e-commerce topics
    • Social commerce and how firms may use it to develop their business
    • Social commerce frameworks and their impact on social commerce participation
    • Social media developed a new e-commerce channel called social commerce
    • firms may co-create value in social commerce platforms
    • Social commerce and trust building mechanisms in e-commerce platforms
    • Social word of mouth and recent development in electronic word of mouth
    • The role of online communities in recent development of social commerce

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 30 September, 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Metaheuristics

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Metaheuristics are now available here for free:
  • Multiobjective evolutionary algorithms for the taxi sharing problem
  • Simultaneous feature selection and parameter optimisation of support vector machine using adaptive particle swarm gravitational search algorithm
  • Comparison of two metaheuristics to solve a 2-D cutting stock problem with set-up cost in the paper industry
  • A multi-objective dynamic programming-based metaheuristic to solve a bi-objective unit commitment problem using a multi-objective decoder

Special issue published: "Transit Migration: Renewing the Focus on a Global Phenomenon"

International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 3(2/3) 2017
  • International migration: transit space - creative space?
  • Economies of transit: exploiting migrants and refugees in Indonesia and Libya
  • The logics of transit: the anticipation of onward mobility and its consequences for social and economic relations in Istanbul
  • Smart(phone) travelling: understanding the use and impact of mobile technology on irregular migration journeys
  • The arterial border: negotiating economies of risk and violence in Mexico's security regime
  • The multiplicity of transit: the waiting and onward mobility of African migrants in the European Union
  • The condition of being in transit: decision making, vulnerabilities and long-term implications for integration
Additional papers
  • Moralisation and criminalisation: a socio-political history of the expulsion of foreigners in Belgium (1830-1952)
  • Patterns of migration from Nepal to India through two border points

New Editor for International Journal of Emergency Management

Prof. Marie-Christine Therrien from Ecole Nationale d'Administration Publique in France has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Emergency Management. The journal's previous Editor in Chief, Dr. Gilles Dusserre, will remain on the board as Associate Editor.

28 March 2017

Special issue published: "Recent Advances in Evolutionary and Natural Computing: Practice and Applications"

International Journal of Computational Systems Engineering 3(1/2) 2017
  • Design of ANN-based adaptive hysteresis band control scheme for compensation of THD and reactive power demand in PV tied grid system using DSTATCOM
  • Fairness between TCP Reno and TCP Vegas in wired and wireless network
  • A single-pass classifier for categorical data
  • Gujarati handwritten numeral recognition through fusion of features and machine learning techniques
  • Firefly algorithm optimised PID controller for automatic generation control with redox flow battery
  • Dimension reduction for microarray data using multi-objective ant colony optimisation
  • Adaptive weight-based: an exclusive bypass algorithm for L3 cache in a three level cache hierarchy
Additional papers
  • Design and implementation of a reconfigurable finite impulse response filter for adaptive systems
  • Development of a fuzzy integrated software tool to prioritise technical requirements for effective design of online shopping websites

Inderscience is media partner for 12th Annual Defence Exports 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for 12th Annual Defence Exports (27-28 September 2017, Rome, Italy).

The journals involved are:

Call for papers: "Artificial Intelligent Techniques Applied to the Study of Engineering Applications"

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

Artificial Intelligence techniques are being used by engineering, academia and industries to solve a wide range of previously tractable and intractable problems. All the techniques are mostly hybrid in nature, which includes artificial neural networks (ANN), fuzzy theory, evolutionary algorithms, etc.

Although most of the techniques are theoretically sound, the applicability of these techniques is not fully explored for practical applications. Many of the computational applications still depend on Non-AI systems which limit their practical usage. Therefore, new artificial intelligence methods are required to handle these issues significantly and holistically. The artificial intelligence methods are generic, flexible, robust, and a versatile framework for solving complex problems for the global problems in engineering and operational research and its applications.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conferences on Telecommunication, Power Analysis and Computing Techniques (ICTPACT2017) 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:
  • Artificial neural networks
  • Evolutionary computation
  • Hybrid optimisation
  • Meta heuristic algorithms
  • Classical optimisation methods
  • Machine learning
  • Knowledge based techniques
  • Chaos algorithms
  • Decision making techniques
  • Applications
  • Power systems
  • Control systems
  • Distributed networks
  • Distributed systems
  • Image processing and bio medical
  • Computer and information system security

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 30 July, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 September, 2017
Final versions due by: 30 November, 2017

Special issue published: "Healthcare IT: Current Research and Future Trends"

International Journal of Electronic Healthcare 9(2/3) 2017
  • Understanding electronic health records resistance: a revealed causal mapping approach
  • Healthcare outcomes, information technology, and Medicare reimbursements: a hospital-level analyses
  • Value-sensitive review and analysis of technology-enabled self-management systems: a conceptual investigation
  • Telemedicine: as the technology has matured, how have the technology management challenges changed?
  • Energy-based active contour method for image segmentation

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Wireless and Mobile Computing

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  • A multivariate grey RBF hybrid model for residual useful life prediction of industrial equipment based on state data
  • Adaptive tracking of group targets using random matrix
  • Artificial bee colony algorithm with accelerating convergence
  • Mobile wireless sensor network localisation algorithm for coal mine
  • A new artificial bee colony by improving the search of onlooker bees
  • A new modified differential evolution for global optimisation
  • FFOAS: antenna selection for MIMO wireless communication system using firefly optimisation algorithm and scheduling
  • A framework for performance optimisation at software architecture level
  • Highly imbalanced classification using improved rotation forests
  • Wide-band helical antenna designed by dynamic constrained multi-objective evolutionary algorithm
  • An improved DV-Hop localisation algorithm
  • LOCA: a low-overhead caching algorithm for flash-based SSDs
  • Flow-based scheme for time-constrained data gathering in wireless sensor networks

27 March 2017

Special issue published: "Recent Advances in Bio-Inspired Metaheuristics and Their Engineering Applications: Part 2"

International Journal of Metaheuristics 6(1/2) 2017
  • Makespan minimisation for pre-emptive scheduling of mobile robots in FMS environment
  • Discrete cuckoo search applied to capacitated arc routing problem
  • Generic filtering and removing artefacts from document images using unsupervised PSO optimisation
  • Induction motor parameter estimation using disrupted black hole artificial bee colony algorithm
  • Tabu search-enhanced artificial bee colony algorithm to solve profit-based unit commitment problem with emission limitations in deregulated electricity market

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Internet Protocol Technology

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  • Automated negotiation with behaviour prediction
  • A moving context-aware and location-based paratransit system
  • Launch power determination algorithm for dynamic traffic provisioning in mixed-line-rate optical wavelength division multiplexed networks
  • A pairing-based password authentication scheme using smart card with user anonymity
  • Exploration of access control mechanisms for service-oriented network architecture

Special issue published: "Entrepreneurship in The Balkans"

World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development 13(2/3) 2017
  • 140 Balkans entrepreneurship: the role of internal and external knowledge for business creation
  • The competitiveness of established entrepreneurs in Balkan countries
  • Fostering entrepreneurship and economic growth: pathways to economic resilience in Kosovo
  • Small and medium enterprises and obstacles to public procurement: lessons learned for Balkans
  • Innovations and entrepreneurship in the Macedonian business sector
  • The phenomenon of entrepreneurial leadership in gazelles and mice: a qualitative study from Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • The effects of emotional intelligence in managing changes: an entrepreneurial perspective
  • Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial learning in Albania
  • Entrepreneurship education at school: a case study on secondary education in Greece
  • Entrepreneurial education and internationalisation of firms in transition economies: a conceptual framework from the case of Croatia
  • Exploring the moderation effects of family business status on the relationships between CEO's characteristics and SME internationalisation: evidence from Bulgaria
Additional paper
  • Analysis of barriers against development of rural entrepreneurship in Guilan province, Iran

Call for papers: "Technological Transformations in Open and Innovative Education in the Mobile Era"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation.

Openness and innovation are major trends in contemporary education, influencing the whole spectrum of education institutions across the globe. At the same time, open and innovative education is being transformed by technological advancements and breakthroughs in the mobile era. Modes of learning and teaching are becoming more open and innovative in terms of time, space, curriculum contents, organisation, pedagogical methods, infrastructure and requirements. This change does not only happen in open universities, but also conventional tertiary institutions, as well as schools. The rapid developments of massive open online courses and academic analytics are examples that well manifest the global trend of technology use in open and innovative learning. In this special issue, educational experts and researchers are invited to share their ideas, practices and research findings on how open and innovative education has been, and will be, transformed by technological developments.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Innovations in educational technology
  • Technological advancements in open education
  • Technology-enhanced pedagogy
  • Innovative use of technology in curriculum development
  • Mobile and ubiquitous learning
  • Academic analytics
  • Open educational resources and massive open online courses
  • Roles of technology in student engagement and learning design
  • Social media and technology-mediated learning communities
  • Innovative approaches to apply technology in higher education management
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 31 October, 2017
Notification to authors: 29 December, 2017
Final versions due by: 28 February, 2018

26 March 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Data Analysis Techniques and Strategies

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  • Sub-assembly detection and line balancing using fuzzy goal programming approach
  • Route prioritisation in a multi-agent transportation environment via multi-attribute decision making
  • Component inventory allocation in assembly line balancing with fuzzy performance ratings
  • Software fault prediction using Mamdani type fuzzy inference system
  • Type-1 fuzzy time series function method based on binary particle swarm optimisation

Special issue published: "Security and Dependability of Networks and the Internet"

International Journal of Internet Protocol Technology 10(1) 2017
  • ID-based multi-receiver signcryption scheme in the standard model
  • A smart home foundation scheme based on open source hardware and cloud computing
  • Performance evaluation of intrusion detection system using classifier ensembles
  • Virtual representation of facial avatar through weighted emotional recognition
  • Enhanced security model and efficient construction for direct anonymous attestation
  • A learning-based hybrid framework for detection and defence of DDoS attacks
  • Categorisation of web pages for protection against inappropriate content in the internet

Call for papers: "Advances in Computational Systems"

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

Computational systems deal with the development and application of computational models and simulations, often coupled with high-performance computing, to solve complex physical problems arising in engineering analysis and design (computational engineering), as well as natural phenomena (computational science). It is a rapidly growing multidisciplinary field that uses advanced computing capabilities to understand and solve complex problems. Methodology is the theory of methods in recognising and reforming the world.

This special issue aims to collect contributions from analysts along with mathematicians, bioinformaticians, computational scientists and engineers to present and discuss the latest developments in different subareas of advancement in computational systems, ranging from databases applications to computational vaccine design, modelling and simulation and their application to basic and clinical immunology. This benefits the society in the following ways:
  • Providing an insight into underlying organisational principles of biological organisations and systems processes, governing functions such as adaptation or response patterns
  • Coverage of technical tools and systems helps researchers to understand and resolve specific systems problems using advanced computation
  • Understanding of dependencies and constraints of spatio-temporal relationships fundamental to the organisation.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Parallel and distributed computing
  • Scientific and engineering computing
  • Network security applications
  • Fingerprint /hand/biometrics recognitions and technologies
  • Pattern/image recognitions
  • Mobile computing
  • Complex systems: modelling and simulation
  • Artificial intelligence (A.I.)
  • Problem solving environments
  • Combinatorics, graph theory, and analysis of algorithms

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 31 December, 2017

25 March 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management

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  • BIM in building renovation projects: what is the useful minimum information requirement?
  • Efficient management of product lifecycle information through a semantic platform
  • Product development activities over technology life-cycles in different generations
  • Development of a knowledge sharing framework for improving the testing processes in global product development

Special issue published: "Recent Advances of Computational Intelligence Techniques in Computer Network Modelling and Performance Optimisation"

International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms 9(2/3) 2017
  • A lightweight mutual authentication protocol based on elliptic curve cryptography for IoT devices
  • Intrusion detection by initial classification-based on protocol type
  • Performance comparison of discrete particle swarm optimisation and shuffled frog leaping algorithm in multiprocessor task scheduling problem 
  • A hybrid fruit fly optimisation algorithm to solve the flow shop scheduling problems with multi-objectives
  • An efficient game theoretic based computation offloading framework for network optimisation in mobile cloud IoT systems
  • Ant colony-based load balancing and fault recovery for cloud computing environment
  • A novel lightweight key management scheme for RFID-sensor integrated hierarchical MANET based on internet of things
  • Mobility dependent clustering-based data transmission under variable data rate for different node densities in vehicular ad hoc network
  • Modified fitness-based swarm intelligence approach for routing in wireless sensor networks
  • A novel approach to automate test data generation for data flow testing based on hybrid adaptive PSO-GA algorithm

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Integrated Supply Management

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  • A note on: An economic order quantity model for items with imperfect quality and inspection errors
  • Promoting environmental citizenship behaviour
  • A goal programming approach for supplier evaluation and demand allocation among suppliers
  • The effects of green policy on the performance of green supply chains

First issue: International Journal of Additive and Subtractive Materials Manufacturing (free sample issue available)

The International Journal of Additive and Subtractive Materials Manufacturing fosters works on the fundamentals of science/engineering of additive and subtractive manufacturing processes/techniques and aspects such as heat transfer, mass transfer, fluid flow, microstructure and phase evolution and development of physical/mechanical/chemical/functional properties. Experimental and computational approaches at levels from nano- , micro- , meso-scale manufacturing for a range of processing techniques (photonic/mechanical/chemical/hybrid) and materials (metals/ceramics/organic/polymers/composites/biomaterials) are of interest. The principles and applications of designing/fabrication of parts for real-world problems/applications are also considered.

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

24 March 2017

Special issue published: "Game Theory and its Applications in Economics and Management"

Asian Journal of Management Science and Applications 2(4) 2016
  • The political economy of deforestation when distributional interests matter - a dynamic approach
  • R&D investment game strategies under uncertain patent acquisition and non-infringing imitation
  • A proof of the existence of φ-stable sets in N-player games via Glicksberg's fixed point theorem
  • Game algebra: algebraic system of strategic-form games
Additional paper
  • Outsourcing and performance in Japanese manufacturing firms

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising are now available here for free:
  • Co-consumption and co-production inside a brand community: a socio-cognitive perspective
  • Investigating antecedents and moderating factors of consumer's acceptance and adoption of online-received recommendations on social media: an empirical analysis
  • Inside the host's mind: psychological principles of viral marketing
  • Antecedents to SMS advertising acceptance: a grounded theory approach
  • Consumer social orientation-based personality and social media use: an exploration among young US consumers

Call for papers: "Applied Economics and Business"

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

The aim of this special issue is to discuss the development and application of business management techniques, including simulation, optimisation, and statistical analysis, which can help to improve decision making in the area of business management and economics.
We invite both theoretical and applied research papers discussing topics relevant to the concepts related to business, management and economics. The special issue's overall aim is to provide a dedicated venue for such research to be shared and discussed, and thus to highlight the breadth and depth of efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of this area of research.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Information economics
  • Resource economics
  • Money and banking
  • Growth and innovation
  • Contemporary research in business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Organisational behaviour
  • Corporate governance
  • Investment
  • Financial reporting
  • Innovative business models and organisational change
  • Management information systems
  • Supply chain management
  • Engineering management
  • Organisational planning
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 1 June, 2017
Notification to authors: 1 August, 2017
Final versions due by: 1 October, 2017

Special issue published: "Advanced Engine Combustion"

International Journal of Powertrains 6(1) 2017
  • Partially premixed combustion multi-cylinder engine cycle-to-cycle-oriented temperature estimation and control
  • Development of MGE 1.8T combustion system assisted by numerical simulation
  • Simulation and experiments of advanced gasoline engine combustion modes from spark ignition to compression ignition
  • Natural gas/diesel RCCI CFD simulations using multi-component fuel surrogates

23 March 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering are now available here for free:
  • The influence of shock-pad density and footwear cushioning on heel impact and forefoot loading during running and turning movements
  • A chrome coating from a trivalent chromium bath containing extremely low concentration of Cr3+ ions
  • Laser method based on imaging and analysis of scattered light used for assessment of cylindrical surfaces after dynamic burnishing process
  • Electrospark deposition of ZrB2-TiB2 composite coating on Cu-Cr-Zr alloy electrodes
  • Mechanical analysis and high temperature wear behaviour of AlCrN/DLC coated titanium alloy
  • High power diode laser surface melting of SUS 420F steel: investigations on the microstructural, and mechanical properties
  • Interfacial reaction and friction properties of Fe-based TiC composite coating

Special issue published: "International Issues in Entrepreneurship"

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 30(4) 2017
  • International entrepreneurship research: how it evolved and directions for the future
  • French technology start-ups: how and why are they succeeding?
  • Internationalisation of family business groups in transition economies
  • The role of professional service providers during the initial stages of international entrepreneurship: a neo-institutionalist view
  • International entrepreneurship research: mapping and cognitive structures
  • Unravelling the link between creativity and individual entrepreneurial behaviour: the moderating role of Islamic Work Ethics
  • International convergence and divergence on family entrepreneurship problems: the case of family firms in Japan
Additional papers
  • Institutional asymmetry as a challenge in tackling the grey economy in Bulgaria
  • Dynamic capabilities, managerial and marketing capabilities and their impact on the competitive advantage and firm performance

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics are now available here for free:
  • The role of information communications technology in sustainable water management practice
  • Application of the common vector approach on identification of winter rapeseed (Brassica napus L.) cultivars and their yield characters
  • Sustainable management of the grain sorghum crop - Sorghum bicolor L. in Dobrudja Plateau from Romania
  • Comparison of artificial neural network and K-means for clustering dairy cattle
  • Factors affecting adoption of mulching in Kibaale sub-catchment, South Central Uganda
  • Modelling irrigation management services: the IRMA_SYS case

Call for papers: "Applications of Data Envelopment Analysis in Manufacturing"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics.

The manufacturing sector is a major driver of growth for the economy of several countries. Technological progress and the increased wealth of consumers have stimulated manufacturing companies to sell a large variety of products in the market. Market competition has become more and more globalised, complex, and uncertain, therefore, the manufacturing environment has been drastically affected by such changes.

The need for lowering operations costs, improving production efficiency and productivity, increasing flexibility and meeting environmental requirements has made managers’ decision-making very hard, forcing firms to deal with a huge number of metrics to constantly evaluate the performance of both their manufacturing system and their competitors.

Non-parametric methods based on the data envelopment analysis (DEA) approach are now widely used and accepted as benchmarking and performance evaluation techniques. This is different from conventional statistical methods which focus on central tendencies, DEA is interested in identifying units that are either on the frontier of best performers or units which are far from them providing information that conventional methods are unable to discover. Furthermore, as DEA allows for the analysis of a multiplicity of inputs and outputs of the manufacturing system at the same time, it provides a comprehensive investigation of its performance.

We aim to address research on applications of data envelopment analysis in the broad area of manufacturing. This special issue welcomes both methodological contributions and empirical quantitative research based on surveys, case studies, etc. Interdisciplinary research is also encouraged.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Measuring eco-efficiency in production
  • Supplier selection and ranking
  • Selection of manufacturing technologies
  • Measuring performance of the supply and logistic chain
  • Performance analysis of manufacturing companies and sectors
  • Performance evaluation of production processes
  • Methodological advances of DEA

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 1 September, 2017

22 March 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Powertrains

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Powertrains are now available here for free:
  • Component sizing of a power-split plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for optimal fuel economy
  • Multiple pulse laser ignition in GDI lean combustion
  • Control variable optimisation for an extended range electric vehicle
  • State-of-the-art electrified powertrains - hybrid, plug-in, and electric vehicles

Special issue published: "Modelling and Applied Simulation for the 3rd Millennium: Enhancements in Traditional Approaches and Moving Towards Simulation as Service"

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling 11(6) 2016
  • A simulation optimisation-based approach for team building in cyber security
  • The competencies acquisition with simulation application in the course 'construction planning and controlling'
  • SLMToolBox: enterprise service process modelling and simulation by coupling DEVS and services workflow
  • The packages clustering optimisation in the logistics of the last mile freight distribution
  • A simulation-based method for inventory ownership planning of aircraft spare engines and parts
  • Tactics for approaching cash optimisation in bank branches
  • Heterogeneous model ensembles for short-term prediction of stock market trends
  • An interoperable and immersive simulation as training and procedure design support system in car terminals
  • Towards energy efficiency of interdependent urban networks

Call for papers: "Data Engineering and Intelligent Computing Systems"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Autonomic Computing.

We aim to identify the challenging problems faced during the development of innovative knowledge and to offer suitable solutions for the problems, also providing a research opportunity that brings together researchers, industry practitioners, as well as potential users of ICT for discussion. The ideas will be useful to tackle complex problems, find advanced solutions and exchange of ideas on the latest developments in data science and intelligent information technologies. We aim to shape the future research directions through the publication of high quality, applied and theoretical research findings.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the National Conference on Data Science and Intelligent Information Systems (NCDSIIT17), 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:
  • Cloud computing and database-as-a-service
  • Database privacy, security and trust
  • Data warehousing and SQL analytics
  • E- learning
  • Data integration, metadata management and interoperability
  • Data models, semantics, query languages
  • Data mining and knowledge discovery
  • Data provenance, workflows, scientific data management
  • Data visualisation and interactive data exploration
  • Distributed and parallel databases, scalable analytics
  • Graph data, RDF and web data, social networks
  • Information extraction and data cleaning
  • Modern hardware and in-memory database systems
  • Query processing, indexing and optimisation
  • Stream systems and sensor networks
  • Temporal, spatial, mobile, multimedia and uncertain data
  • Probabilistic and appropriate databases

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 30 June, 2017
Notification to authors: 18 August, 2017
Final versions due by: 9 October, 2017

Free sample articles newly available from Afro-Asian Journal of Finance and Accounting

The following sample articles from the Afro-Asian Journal of Finance and Accounting are now available here for free:
  • Signalling by IPO grading: an empirical investigation
  • The determinants of exchange rate risk management in developing countries: evidence from Indonesia
  • Quality of corporate reporting: case studies from an emerging capital market
  • Does family group affiliation matter in CSR reporting? Evidence from Yemen
  • Foreign ownership and stock market liquidity - evidence from Vietnam

Special issue published: "Advanced Manufacturing of Engine Components for the Aeronautical Sector"

International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems 9(4) 2016
  • An experimental investigation on joining of aluminium with steel using ultrasonic metal welding 
  • An experimental study on CO2 laser beam welding of AISI 304SS and Cu dissimilar pipes
  • Experimental analysis and optimisation of process parameters for gear cutting process using wire EDM
  • Efficient machining of aero-engine components: challenges and outlook
  • A cryo lubri-coolant approach for finish milling of aeronautical hard-to-cut materials
  • Optimised methodology for aircraft engine IBRs five-axis machining process

21 March 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Information and Computer Security

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Information and Computer Security are now available here for free:
  • Applicability of keystroke dynamics as a biometric security feature for mobile touchscreen devices with virtualised keyboards
  • Enhancing the security of modern ICT systems with multimodal biometric cryptosystem and continuous user authentication
  • Reversible watermarking using channel coding and lifting for cultural heritage and medical image
  • Advanced dynamic identity-based authentication protocol using smart card
  • A novel approach for hiding secret data in program files

New Editor for International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation

Dr. Xun Xu from California State University, Stanislaus in the USA has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation.

First issue: International Journal of Intelligent Systems Design and Computing (free sample issue available)

Emerging and evolving systems are integrating intelligent attributes to enable the thrust towards making technology adaptive and functional as an aid to improve existing designs. The International Journal of Intelligent Systems Design and Computing, an international peer-reviewed journal, promotes discussion on the design and implementation of intelligent systems related to emerging areas of communication, computer vision, human-computer interaction, soft computing and related issues. The journal offers an applied approach driven by innovation, to facilitate intelligent design and implementation.

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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling are now available here for free:
  • Formational principle and accurate fitting methodology for a new tooth surface of the spiral bevel gear
  • Numerical evaluation of the low Reynolds turbulent flow behaviour in a bioreactor
  • Simulation of lateral transshipment in order delivery under e-commerce environment
  • Modelling and evaluation of investment strategies in human resources for logistics improvement
  • Infrastructures protection based on heterogeneous networks
  • Simulation of autonomous systems in the extended marine domain
  • Construction resource scheduling with chaotic particle swarm optimisation

Employers! You’re having a laugh, aren’t you?

Can humour on social media help managers find the most appropriate candidates for the job vacancies they hope to fill? Writing in the International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising, researchers from Finland, suggest that humorous recruitment campaigns can increase exposure for a given job advertisement but conversely the approach might lead to flippant applications at which point it might be difficult to separate the serious candidate from an inappropriate one. The team also suggests that choosing a particular social media channel over another may skew the type of applicants they receive for a given job, for better or worse.

Eeva-Liisa Oikarinen of Oulu Business School and Jaakko Sinisalo of Oulu University of Applied Sciences have carried out a case study of the social media recruitment campaign of a high-profile company operating in the architecture industry. The campaign used amusing text and graphics to entice people to apply for a specific vacancy and to differentiate the company from others in the market for job applicants.

The use of humour in consumer marketing is well known, indeed humour in marketing is probably as old as selling itself. However, in marketing an employment vacancy has been little used and advertising of jobs tends to be a rather dry affair. The team points out that where it has been used little research has been done to track the pros and cons. There is the potential, as with any marketing, for humour to be a double edged sword, the team suggests, with it having the potential to harm a company’s credibility and reputation if the humour is misplaced or causes offence.

Conversely, the humorous campaign can backfire if a responsive candidate is found and yet the work environment does not fit the jocular image projected. Moreover, some serious candidates perfectly suitable for the job may be put off from applying by the flippant nature of the campaign.

Oikarinen, E-L. and Sinisalo, J. (2017) ‘Personality or skill: a qualitative study of humorous recruitment advertising campaign on social media’, Int. J. Internet Marketing and Advertising, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp.22–43.

20 March 2017

Special issue published: "Recent Trends in Security of Mobile Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things"

International Journal of Information and Computer Security 9(1/2) 2017
  • Dynamic weighted VM load balancing for cloud-analyst
  • Robust watermarking technique using back propagation neural network: a security protection mechanism for social applications
  • Trust delegation-based secure mobile cloud computing framework
  • Virtual machine security
  • Hierarchical detection of insider attacks in cloud computing systems
  • A secure mobile commerce framework based on community cloud
  • Evaluation of puzzle-enabled proxy-assisted denial-of-service protection for web services 
  • Mitigating selfish, blackhole and wormhole attacks in DTN in a secure, cooperative way

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Mobile Network Design and Innovation

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Mobile Network Design and Innovation are now available here for free:
  • Adaptive clustering and routing using fuzzy decision model in WSN
  • Alleviating upstream congestion by using MSBPCCP in distributed networks
  • Trust-based light weight authentication routing protocol for MANET
  • A routing scheme for IEEE 802.15.4 wireless sensor networks
  • Improving throughput for downlink multi user MIMO-LTE advanced networks using SINR approximation and hierarchical CSI feedback
  • Non-visual navigation interface for completing tasks with a predefined order using mobile phone: a case study of pilgrimage

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Manufacturing Research

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Manufacturing Research are now available here for free:
  • Grey-based Taguchi method for optimisation of hot forging of connecting rod 
  • Toolpath strategy decisions in 'rough machining-by-region' using design of experiments on computer-aided manufacturing systems
  • Constant force grinding control method for unknown curve part based on force/torque information 
  • Experimental investigations on core drilling by ultrasonic-vibration-assisted grinding for hard-to-machine materials - a review 
  • A web-based STEP-NC-compliant architecture for low cost 3D part manufacturing

Emergency retweets in times of disaster

Twitter and other social media tools are commonly used around the world. Now, many government and not-for-profit organizations have a presence on at least one of these systems and use them in various ways to share information about their activities and engage with people.

For organizations that work in disaster zones and emergency situations, these tools can also be used to coordinate activities, help raise funds and disseminate timely news that can help in relief efforts. New research from the Department of Political Science at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, USA, suggests that just half of the Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies around the world have adopted Twitter. They assessed the factors influencing adoption rates as well as message type and frequency, and the ability to reach large audiences. Writing in the International Journal of Emergency Management the researchers report that adoption is constrained by the digital divide and country population size. The team defines the digital divide as the disparity between country-level internet access rates.

Moreover, the researchers, Clayton Wukich and Ashish Khemka, found, the existence of an account on Twitter does not necessarily mean that the target audience is necessarily aware of its existence or engaging with it. There are significant limitations to organizational reach and many people who need to receive important content on a timely basis may not actually do so. However, the team observed high activity rates in countries such as Kenya, Indonesia, and the Philippines, which they say indicates the potential for continued growth in developing economies, especially as internet access increases.

The researchers recommend several strategies based on their findings that could help organizations improve their reach and engagement. For instance, they suggest that organizations must plan to make personnel available for handling social media throughout and subsequent to any large-scale disaster. At the technical level, organizations should use hashtags in order to expose their messages to the largest possible audience and to create some coherency during particular disasters. The team also found that while a link to additional information might be useful the presence of a link, a URL, actually reduced the rate at which Twitter users shared a particular update, it correlated negatively with retweets, in other words.

Wukich, C. and Khemka, A. (2017) ‘Social media adoption, message content, and reach: an examination of Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies’, Int. J. Emergency Management, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp.89-116.

19 March 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles are now available here for free:
  • Comparative study on energy consumption for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles based on trip characteristics
  • SOC estimation algorithm for Li-ion battery in electric or hybrid vehicles
  • Improving power quality with reducing output harmonics for electric vehicle applications by using bacteria foraging algorithm
  • Coordinated control strategies for a full hybrid electric vehicle with single motor during mode changes
  • Distribution planning with hourly profiles for analysing electric vehicle charging strategies

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from 8th IEEE International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology

Extended versions of papers presented at the 8th IEEE International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology (8-10 November 2017, Taichung, Taiwan) will be published by the following journals:

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design are now available here for free:
  • Computational molecular docking and structural specificity of bipyrazoles as non-zinc chelating inhibitors of MMP-13
  • An ab initio study on 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, MDMA (ecstasy) and its derivatives
  • Systematic associations between germ-line mutations and human cancers
  • Proteins localised to human mitochondria show structural element enrichment in their corresponding mRNA
  • A framework for 3D vessel analysis using whole slide images of liver tissue sections
  • Structure-based prediction of drug side effects using a novel classification algorithm
  • Next generation sequencing reveals disparate population frequencies among cytochrome P450 genes: clinical pharmacogenomics of the CYP2 family
  • Inference of hierarchical regulatory network of TCF7L2 binding sites in MCF7 cell line
  • A two-stage inference algorithm for gene regulation network models

New Editor for International Journal of Nuclear Safety and Security

Prof. Gilberto Espinosa-Paredes from Universidad Autnoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa in Mexico has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Nuclear Safety and Security.

18 March 2017

Free sample articles newly available from African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development

The following sample articles from the African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development are now available here for free:
  • Water and health for sustainable development
  • Creeping tiger: India's presence in Africa
  • Determinants of choice of economic sector in the non-farm economy in Ghana
  • Does institutional quality matter in foreign direct investment?: Evidence from Sub-Saharan African countries
  • Modelling the impacts of remittances on real exchange rate of Nigeria's Naira

Special issue published: "New Advances in Simulation and Process Modelling: Integrating New Technologies and Methodologies to Enlarge Simulation Capabilities"

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling 12(1) 2017
  • Combining DEVS and model-checking: concepts and tools for integrating simulation and analysis
  • Application of mobile devices within distributed simulation-based decision making
  • Cargo dynamic stability in the container loading problem - a physics simulation tool approach
  • Integrated and collaborative process-based simulation framework for construction project planning
  • Fluid flow simulation over complex shape objects using image processing to achieve mesh generation
  • Design and implementation of communication patterns using parallel objects
  • Enriching the formalism of coloured Petri nets for modelling alternative structural configurations of a discrete event system: disjunctive CPN

Free sample articles newly available from Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development

The following sample articles from the Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development are now available here for free:
  • Buddhist socio-cultural influences on entrepreneurial actions and performance: case of rural Thailand
  • The socio-cultural aspects of the female entrepreneurship model
  • Is resistance futile? Acculturation and disadvantage theory in immigrant entrepreneurship
  • The 'fluid paradigm': the impact of national culture on small business management
  • The dynamic linkages between sociocultural values and successful business development and performance: case study of Mourid entrepreneurs in Senegal
  • International high-technology entrepreneurs: hybrid identities and entrepreneurial activities
  • The impact of culture on the creation of enterprises

Call for papers: "Evolutionary Computation for Art and Music: Theory and Applications"

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

Evolutionary computation (EC) techniques, including genetic algorithm, evolution strategies, genetic programming, particle swarm optimisation, ant colony optimisation, differential evolution and memetic algorithms, have shown to be effective for search and optimisation problems. Recently, EC gained several promising results and becomes an important tool in computational creativity, such as in music, visual art, literature, architecture, and industrial design.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Generation of music, visual art, literature, architecture and industrial design
  • Algorithmic design in creative intelligence
  • Optimisation in creativity
  • Development of hardware and software for creative systems
  • Evaluation methodologies
  • Assistance of human creativity
  • Computational aesthetics
  • Emotion response
  • Human-machine creativity

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 30 September, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 March, 2018
Final versions due: 31 April, 2018

17 March 2017

Inderscience is media partner for BioBanking 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for BioBanking (14-15 June 2017, London, UK).

Special issue published: "Signal Processing, Security and Privacy for Mobile/Wireless and Computer Networks"

International Journal of Mobile Network Design and Innovation 7(1) 2017
  • Statistically-enhancing the diagnosis of packet losses in WSNs
  • Specific buffer-aided full duplex relaying over LTE advanced networks
  • From multilevel security to multiple independent levels of security/safety: the evolution illustrated through a novel cross-domain architecture
  • Design of 3rd order cascaded multi-bit sigma delta modulator for ADC using internal feedback
  • Decentralised trust-management inspired by ant pheromones
  • Simulating cheated results acceptance rates for gossip-based volunteer computing

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Comparative Management

The International Journal of Comparative Management aims to develop comparative management theory by devoting itself entirely to comparative research ideas in corporate strategy, finance, marketing, international business and general management. IJCoM is a focal avenue for contemporary research issues grounded in comparative perspectives such as context, ownership, strategy, communication, performance, research problems and methods. Specifically, the journal welcomes cross-country research perspectives leveraging either empirical or qualitative methods based on survey, interview and archival data sources.

16 March 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Tourism Policy

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Tourism Policy are now available here for free:
  • Consumers' perceptions of the local hotel recreation facilities: the case of Greek and Serbian young people
  • An evaluation of measurement model for medical tourism research: the confirmatory factor analysis approach
  • Stakeholders approach in influencing corporate social responsibility: a case study at two hotels in Jordan
  • The effects of exchange rate volatility on tourist flows: evidence from the UK and Sweden

Special issue published: "Application of Sustainable Technologies for Water and Waste Recycling and Reuse"

International Journal of Global Warming 11(3) 2017
  • Recycling of waste glass in concrete plant as aggregate and pozzolan replacement
  • Solid waste collection route optimisation by geographical information system in Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Oxidation prevention of silicon carbide powders
  • Composition and energy potential of industrial sludge derived synthetic gas
  • The relationship between income level and CFP level of the provinces in Turkey: a case study
  • Treatment of waste activated sludge by means of alkaline hydrolysis under 'mild' conditions
  • Optimisation of nutrients and metals release from municipal sewage sludge by chemical extraction using Box-Behnken design
  • A study on biodiesel production from the compounds of brewed tea waste
  • Coupling diffusion dialysis with precipitation - cementation to separate and recover nitric acid, Cu++, Zn++ and Pb++ from the wastewater of a brass pickling bath
  • Optimisation of physical activation process for activated carbon production from tyre wastes

Call for papers: "Lean, Agile, Resilient and Green Supply Chain Management"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Advanced Operations Management.

In modern business environments, an effective supply chain management is crucial to business continuity. Lean, agile, resilient and green paradigms are advocated as the foundation of a competitive supply chain management. To make a supply chain more competitive, capable of responding to the demands of customers with agility and capable of responding effectively to unexpected disturbance, in conjugation with environmental responsibilities and the necessity to eliminate processes that add no value, companies must implement a set of new practices and key performance indicators to measure their influence on the supply chain performance. However, the selection of the best supply chain management practices and key performance indicators is a complex problem, involving dependencies and feedbacks. For example, the practice just-in-time is advocated by the lean paradigm; however, it will promote a higher number of material deliveries, which will, cause the increase of CO2 emission, compromising the objectives of green paradigm.

This special issue of invites papers covering recent novel studies on the four paradigms simultaneously or just a subset (e.g. lean or resilient-green). We are especially interested in theoretical and empirical studies with appropriate theoretical underpinnings on. Analyses can be conducted based in methods such as optimisation models, empirical studies, case studies, events studies, simulations, etc.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 47th International Conference on Computers and Industrial Engineering (CIE47), 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:
  • Trade-offs among lean, agile, resilient and green paradigms
  • Relationships among LARG practices and the supply chain capabilities
  • Performance models for lean, agile, resilient and green supply chains
  • The impact of lean, agile, resilient and green paradigms on supply chain sustainability
  • Benchmarking lean, agile, resilient and green supply chains
  • Proposal innovative business models integrating this set of paradigms
  • Integration of lean, agile, resilient and green paradigms with current industry trends such as Industry 4.0, eco-innovation, eco-efficiency, circular economy, entrepreneurship in business ecosystems, among others

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 15 April, 2018

Fog computing more secure than the cloud?

Computer scientists in Italy are working on a new concept for remote and distributed storage of documents that could have all the benefits of cloud computing but without the security issues of putting one’s sensitive documents on a single remote server. They describe details in the International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics.

According to Rosario Culmone and Maria Concetta De Vivo of the University of Camerino, technological and regulatory aspects of cloud computing offer both opportunity and risk. Having one’s files hosted on remote servers displaces the hardware requirements and makes files accessible to remote users more efficiently. However, there are gaps in security and accessibility of files “in the cloud”. The team has now turned to another meteorological metaphor – fog – and has proposed an alternative to cloud storage that makes any given file entirely immaterial rather than locating it on a single server. They envisage a fog of files rather than a cloud.

The files are distributed on a public or private network and and so have no single location, in this way, there is no single server that would be a target for hackers and so only legitimate users can access them. The researchers point out that, “The trend towards outsourcing of services and data on cloud architectures has triggered a number of legal questions on how to manage jurisdiction and who has jurisdiction over data and services in the event of illegal actions.” Fog computing would essentially circumvent the security and legal problems putting files off-limits to hackers and beyond the reach of law enforcement and in particular rogue authorities.

“Our proposal is based on this idea of a service which renders information completely immaterial in the sense that for a given period of time there is no place on earth that contains information complete in its entirety,” the team says. They explain that the solution is based on a distributed service which we will call “fog” and which uses standard networking protocols in an unconventional way, exploiting “virtual buffers” in internet routers to endlessly relocate data packets without a file ever residing in its entirety on a single computer server. It’s as if you were to send a letter with a tracking device but an incomplete address that simply gets sent from post office to post office and is never delivered.

Culmone, R. and De Vivo, M.C. (2017) ‘Vanishing files: protocols and regulations for immaterial documents‘, Int. J. Electronic Security and Digital Forensics, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp.45-61.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management

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  • Efficient filtering processes for machine-to-machine data based on automation modules and data-agnostic algorithms
  • Exploring the economic value of a cloud computing solution and its contribution to green IT
  • Analytics-as-a-service framework for terms association mining in unstructured data
  • Zeus: a distributed triple store for proactive SPARQL queries
  • Estimating and applying service request effort data in application management services
  • Deriving configurable fragments for process design

Inderscience is media partner for Combat Helicopter 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Combat Helicopter (17-19 October 2017, Krakow, Poland).

The journals involved are:

15 March 2017

Special issue: "Cyberspace Safety and Security"

International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems 10(1) 2017
  • How to shutdown a cloud: a DDoS attack in a private infrastructure-as-a-service cloud
  • The effectiveness of classification algorithms on IPv6 IID construction
  • A cooperation guarantee mechanism based on altruistic punishment for nodes in distributed environments
  • A change-point DDoS attack detection method based on half interaction anomaly degree
  • Key negotiation schemes for body sensor networks on the surface of the human body
  • Privacy preservation in fuzzy association rules using rough set on intuitionistic fuzzy approximation spaces and DSR
  • Attack surface-based security metric framework for service selection and composition
  • A novel hybrid protocol of checkpointing and rollback recovery for flat MANETs

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Environment and Pollution

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Environment and Pollution are now available here for free:
  • Physicochemical and microbiological characterisation for drinking water quality assessment in Southeast Coahuila, Mexico
  • Groundwater system characterisation in support of safety assessment for radioactive waste disposal
  • Evaluation of some SOA formation schemes for the oxidation of anthropogenic gases against experiments in two outdoor chambers
  • Impact of ship emissions on local air quality in a Mediterranean city's harbour after the European sulphur directive
  • A one-dimensional hydro-sedimentary modelling for flood simulation in the Medjerda River, Tunisia
  • Atmospheric wet deposition of trace metals in the Suwon region in Korea during farming periods

Inderscience is media partner for Defence Communications 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Defence Communications (26-27 September 2017, Krakow, Poland).

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International Journal of Family Business and Regional Development announces best paper/reviewer awards

The International Journal of Family Business and Regional Development has announced two awards emanating from the Editor-in-Chief. 1) The Best Paper Award will be awarded by the Editor-in-Chief in the amount of U.S. $750 to the author(s) of the best paper published in an entire volume. In addition, the author(s) of the best paper will be provided with a subscription to the journal for 1 year. 2) The Best Reviewer Award will be also awarded by the Editor-in-Chief in the amount of U.S. $250 to one reviewer for an entire volume of publication based upon quality of review and the number of reviews undertaken, and will also be awarded a 1-year subscription to the journal.

Research Picks Extra – March 2017

Social networking in The Caribbean
Much has been researched and written about the impact of smart phones and social networking in young people in the developed regions of North America, Europe and Asia, and in the developing world, but a new study from researchers at the University of Liverpool, UK, focuses on The Caribbean, an important historical and cultural region of more than 700 islands of 13 sovereign states and 17 dependencies and a population of almost 44 million people. The research literature is yet to reach a consensus on the psychosocial issues surrounding mobile and social networking among young adults. There has been scant regard for The Caribbean in this context so far, this new research could perhaps raise awareness and stimulate greater discussion and wider research.
Hunter, S.M. and Halkias, D. (2016) ‘The psychosocial impact of mobile social networking among young adults in Jamaica’, Int. J. Technology Enhanced Learning, Vol. 8, Nos. 3/4, pp.264–278.

Bollywood pirates
What factors influence whether movie fans will illicitly download copyright materials from the internet and specifically who are the Bollywood pirates? Researchers in India have questioned hundreds of consumers of between 16 and 60 years of age, male and female to investigate. 16-30 year olds were more likely to illegally downloading copyright movies, the team found. Both males and females were as likely as each other to be involved. However, they found that the most common repeat offenders are students who report their perception that movie “piracy” is a victimless crime. Movie piracy and other breaches of copyright law are not victimless crimes, of course, and yet the industries must be failing to fulfil the needs of a large proportion of their market, perhaps in terms of pricing and expediency of movie releases for piracy to be such a large problem.
Gupta, P.K. and Venkataramani, B. (2017) ‘Demographic factors contributing to online movie piracy of Hindi films produced in Mumbai’, Int. J. Process Management and Benchmarking, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp.354–370.

Targeted post-op clot-buster coatings
Thrombolytic drugs, colloquially known as clot-busters, are used in medicine to dissolve coagulated blood that forms in blood vessels and can, without such treatment, lead to serious health problems such as deep-vein thrombosis, myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, and stroke. Scientists in Czech Republic have developed novel site-specific thrombolytic and anticoagulant biomaterials that avoid the problems of severe bleeding seen as an important side-effect of current clot-busting drugs. The team’s development of biomaterial coatings are being tested as linings for vascular grafts that will preclude post-operative clot formation and hopefully save lives in those requiring such surgery who would normally require long-term clot-busting drugs.
Beran, M., Drahorad, J., Molik, P., Urban, M. and Krajicek, M. (2017) ‘Site-specific thrombolytic and anticoagulant biomaterials’, Int. J. Nanotechnol., Vol. 14, Nos. 1/2/3/4/5/6, pp.31–37.

Pumpless pumping
The miniaturisation of chemical equipment in the form of so-called “lab-on-a-chip” devices and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and their even smaller “nano” counterparts continues apace. Such devices are already being used as environmental sensors and analytical tools in medicine and biomedical research. Their potential is ironically huge as they are the chemical analogue of electronic integrated circuits that might be developed into mobile devices for use in the clinic, the home and industry. One of the significant obstacles yet to be overcome regards the power supply for such devices and the requisite pumps to move tiny droplets of liquids within. An intriguing discovery by researchers from France and New Zealand suggests that some of the necessary fluid flow might be driven by the very mixing of disparate liquids within specific channels, or capillaries, in a device rather than an external pressure being required. They have demonstrated the spontaneous motion of a slug of miscible liquids in a capillary tube and suggest that this “passive actuation mechanism could prove an attractive alternative in digital microfluidic systems for which bulky pumping systems would usually be required.
Sellier, M., Verdier, C. and Nock, V. (2017) ‘The spontaneous motion of a slug of miscible liquids in a capillary tube’, Int. J. Nanotechnol., Vol. 14, Nos. 1/2/3/4/5/6, pp.530–539.