16 October 2018

Research pick: Walkability of the urban environment - "An agent-based model to explore urban policies, pedestrian behaviour and walkability"

Researchers from Greece and France have worked together to use an agent-based methodology to research pedestrian behaviour and to help them develop a decision support system for urban planners hoping to improve “walkability” of the built environment. Writing in the International Journal of Decision Support Systems, Georgios Tsaples of the University of Macedonia, in Thessaloniki and Giovanna Fancello of the Université Paris Dauphine, explain how pedestrian accessibility in our cities is one of the most important aspects of developing urban public policies.

In recent years, pedestrian accessibility has received attention from research fields as diverse as medicine, social and environmental sciences, engineering, healthcare, and the arts and humanities. To be effective, such research has to consider more than transport, the distances involved, services, and activities, but must also take a dynamic view of how people interact with the environment, each other, and traffic within the city. However, as the team points out, “rarely [are] dynamic methods used with the aim of analysing and estimating the processes that influence the behaviour of individuals in space and in time.” They add that this is something a multi-agent model can do.

The team has now used a computational technique known as agent-based modelling to simulate an urban environment and the movement of people within it and the various modes of transport available to them. Their approach encodes the people, the “agents”, and their interactions in simple rules, which then allows the team to predict the outcomes of those interactions.

Ultimately, the models revealed by studying different scenarios, that improving the urban environment people is conducive to people walking more and parts of the environment become favourite places for walking. Moreover, walking behaviour has a positive effect on the individuals and even the economic activity of the city, the team found. The next step will be to assimilate real behaviour in different environments and to improve the models still further to make more definitive predictions about urban human behaviour and guide policymakers and town planners with greater precision.

Tsaples, G. and Fancello, G. (2018) ‘An agent-based model to explore urban policies, pedestrian behaviour and walkability’, Int. J. Decision Support Systems, Vol. 3, Nos. 1/2, pp.4–18.

15 October 2018

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Intelligent Internet of Things Computing

Internet of Things computing still faces many challenges due to key factors such as constant mobility, limited capability, restricted power and uncertain security. Such factors pose considerable problems for both service provision and consumption. The International Journal of Intelligent Internet of Things Computing therefore aims to promote advances in IoT services and new AI algorithms and techniques in the intelligent computing field, with emphasis on foundational theory, systems and practical real-life applications.

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

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  • Perception of faculty members on factors affecting quality education and employability skills in technical education sector: an empirical analysis
  • CAPEX efficiency and service quality improvement via tower sharing in the Indonesian telecommunication industry: optimisation model using comparison of genetic algorithm and simulated annealing methods
  • What values are perceived by hotel guests?
  • A comparative study of two Thai franchises in international expansion
  • Implementation of technology for business cluster management: a prototype of sharing economy among customs broker SMEs in Thailand
  • The moderating role of service innovation on the relationship between customer satisfaction and customer value: a case of 3-star hotels in Jakarta
  • Evaluating competitiveness of the convention destination: a primary stakeholders' perspective in Chiang Mai City, Thailand

12 October 2018

Research pick: A flight of fancy - "Consumer willingness to pay for new airports that use renewable resources"

Given the environmental pressures that society faces today, is there room for the concept of an eco-airport? And, if so, might airline passengers be willing to pay more to fly from such an airport if it means that the environmental impact and the carbon footprint of their journey are somehow offset by the airport’s “green” credentials? Researchers in the USA have carried out a study with over 1100 participants in an attempt to find out.

They found that most participants were willing to pay for the development of a green airport if it was to have significant environmental benefits. Indeed, anger and disgust were felt towards the idea of having to for a new airport that did not use renewable resources. The team reports that “As awareness of climate change, and its consequences, continues to grow, support for eco-friendly practices have steadily increased. Current behavioural trends indicate that consumers favour eco-friendly businesses utilising green initiatives.”

The team suggests that the findings should be reflected in new design procedures for future airports and even for the upgrading of existing airports. “Developers can [thus] accommodate a changing attitude in the current and future society while cutting operational costs,” the team concludes.

Walters, N.W., Rice, S., Winter, S.R., Baugh, B.S., Ragbir, N.K., Anania, E.C., Capps, J. and Milner, M.N. (2018) ‘Consumer willingness to pay for new airports that use renewable resources’, Int. J. Sustainable Aviation, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp.79–98.

11 October 2018

Research pick: Tissue engineering with natural hybrids - "Collagen/chitosan hybrid 3D-scaffolds as potential biomaterials for tissue engineering"

Chitosan is a natural substance extracted from the chitin shells of crustacean. It is a linear polysaccharide comprising randomly distributed deacetylated glucosamine units and acetylated units. It has been the focus of much research in materials science for medical device applications for many years because of its biocompatibility and the potential for it to be bio-absorbed by the body given sufficient time. Similarly, collagen is another natural material, a connective tissue protein found in animals’ bodies. It too has been the target of much research given its strength and structural properties. However, collagen shows rapid biodegradation.

Now, a team from Costa Rica has developed a hybrid material from chitosan and collagen, which they suggest combines the useful properties of both materials synergistically. They say it can be fabricated into highly porous three-dimensional solids with almost any shape that can then serve as 3D scaffolds for tissue engineering applications. Living cells can grow on and within such a scaffold and the product might be used to create implant as prosthetic devices for a wide range of medical problems as well as biocompatible wound-healing materials.

The team reports that the hybrid 3D scaffold material has “improved stability, greater porosity, increased thermal stability, and mechanical properties, as well higher biodegradation as compared to single 3D scaffolds.” The team has now demonstrated that their scaffold materials can support the attachment of living cells, promote their growth, and differentiation, making them a good candidate for tissue engineering applications.

Ureña-Saborio, H., Alfaro-Viquez, E., Esquivel-Alvarado, D., Esquivel, M. and Madrigal-Carballo, S. (2018) ‘Collagen/chitosan hybrid 3D-scaffolds as potential biomaterials for tissue engineering’, Int. J. Nano and Biomaterials, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp.163–175.

10 October 2018

Research pick: Dredging the Data Lake - "Using knowledge management to create a Data Hub and leverage the usage of a Data Lake"

Data lakes allow information to be added to a system without pre-processing or modelling. Contrast this with a conventional database where data must be delivered in a much more refined and formal manner. Thus a data lake offers much timelier speed of entry. However, as research from Brazil shows, even though a data lake preserves highest granularity level of the data, that useful flexibility can be problematic too. “If not managed, it is easy to lose control of the repository because of the volume it holds and its growth,” the team explains.

The researchers explain further that data lakes carry none of the semantics of a conventional database, but while this can be advantageous in avoiding certain types of bias when re-extracting and analyzing days, it does mean that understanding the contents of the data lake can become a rather cumbersome task. This, the team suggests, has perhaps undermined the widespread adoption and use of data lakes within the corporate environment and stymied acceptance of this useful tool because of certain misconceptions regarding how they might be used in data science efforts.

The team has now turned to knowledge management models to help them address the issues associated with data lake use and to enrich the data floating within to enhance information usability. They also add that through the use of a data portal platform and associated metadata they reason that their approach would provide easy access to the data lake maintaining and boosting its usefulness and precluding its denigration into a so-called data swamp.

Ferreira, M.C., dos Santos, F.B., Barbosa, C.E. and de Souza, J.M. (2018) ‘Using knowledge management to create a Data Hub and leverage the usage of a Data Lake’, Int. J. Knowledge Management Studies, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp.260–277.

9 October 2018

Research pick: Sewage to fuel - "Evaluation of biodiesel potential of sewage sludge"

Human waste is a big problem, but might it be turned to our advantage, offering a sustainable source of biofuels to usurp oil-derived petrochemicals? An international collaboration in Africa has assessed the potential of extracting lipids (fatty molecules) from sewage sludge and converting those fatty compounds into the kind of compounds that can be blended with conventional fuels for use in vehicles of all kinds.

The team tested the process by extracting lipids from dried sewage sludge using the soxhlet extraction technique. They then carried out a conversion to biodiesel acid catalysis transesterification to make the requisite fatty acid methyl esters. They used gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis to test the product. The materials contained a high lipid yield of almost 80 percent and the biodiesel properties considered conformed to global specifications, the team reports.
“Sewage sludge could serve as an alternative and a cheap feedstock for biodiesel development,” the team concludes.

Obisanya, J.F., Oyekunle, J.A.O., Ogunfowokan, A.O. and Fatoki, O.S. (2018) ‘Evaluation of biodiesel potential of sewage sludge’, Int. J. Environment and Waste Management, Vol. 22, Nos. 1/2/3/4, pp.61–73.

8 October 2018

Special issue published: "Advances in Machine Tools and Monitoring Systems"

International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems 11(4) 2018
  • Diversity of assembly error migration and its solution model for heavy duty machine tool
  • Experimental investigation on surface quality in ultrasonic vibration assisted high speed grinding of BK7 optical glass
  • Background texture suppression and defect extraction of high-speed milling surface image
  • Characterisation for differential wear between left and right flank faces in turning large pitch internal thread
  • Synthesis and characterisation of AlMgB14 and AlMgB14-Ni3Al composites
  • Characteristics of the self-organisation in high-speed turning of high-strength alloy steel

Inderscience journals to invite expanded papers from 8th Global Conference on Global Warming 2019 for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the 8th Global Conference on Global Warming (22-25 April 2019, Doha, Qatar) will be invited for review and potential publication by the following journals:

7 October 2018

Special issue published: "Exploring Emerging Verticals in the Future of Wireless Technology"

International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations 19(2/3/4) 2018
  • A full-featured efficient clustering mechanism for improving QoS in MANETs
  • ASD: emotions and behavioural-based interventions through social sensor networks
  • Malicious node identification routing and protection mechanism for vehicular ad-hoc network against various attacks
  • Relay node selection with energy efficient routing using hidden Markov model in wireless sensor networks
  • Network lifetime estimation of wireless sensor networks using communication protocols with non-parametric models
  • Combined vibration and RF harvester technique for energy management in sensor device
  • DTCF: deadline task consolidation first for energy minimisation in cloud data centres
  • SIP-based VoIP anomaly detection engine using DTV and ONR
  • Classifying the malware application in the Android-based smart phones using ensemble-ANFIS algorithm
  • Hybrid model for enhancement of passenger information management system
  • Energy-based efficient authenticated routing protocol for MANETs for DDOS attacks with minimised power consumption
  • Energy aware clustered load balancing in cloud computing environment
  • Semantic clustering approach for documents in distributed system framework with multi-node setup
  • Research on the intellectual traffic flow control system based on multi-agent along with self-governing vehicle and system of wireless sensor network
  • A novel framework for very high resolution remote sensing image change detection
  • Certain investigations on effective rate adaptation in cognitive radio with channel characteristics
  • A secure communication over wireless sensor devices using intelligent arrival estimation algorithm

6 October 2018

Special issue published: "A Collaborative Community of Leaders: Cloud Computing in Education"

International Journal of Cloud Computing 7(3/4) 2018
  • Cloud-based environment in support of IoT education
  • Extreme value analysis for capacity design
  • A formal model towards scientific workflow security in a cloud
  • A tale of two cloud analytics platforms for education
  • A framework for achieving the required degree of multitenancy isolation for deploying components of a cloud-hosted service
  • Why is garbage collection causing my service level objectives to fail?
  • SECross: securing cross cloud boundary
  • Systematic performance evaluation using component-in-the-loop approach

5 October 2018

Special issue published: "Physical and Numerical Simulation of Materials Processing – Part I"

International Journal of Computational Materials Science and Surface Engineering 7(3/4) 2018
  • Simulation investigation of temperature distribution in large aluminium panel during autoclave age forming process
  • Plastic deformation and microstructure evolution of bearing ring blank during cold rolling process
  • The austenitic peak stress model of low alloy steel at elevated temperature based on the valence electron theory
  • Hot deformation behaviour and Hansel-Spittel constitutive model of Cr5 alloy for heavy backup roll
  • Microstructures evolution and mechanical properties of 5052 aluminium alloy processed by constrained groove pressing
  • Numerical simulation of residual stress in low temperature colossal carburised layer on austenitic stainless steel
  • Evaluation of ductile fracture model in bulk forming
  • Simulation of the bite condition of AZ31 sheet rolling
  • Thermo-mechanical analysis in SAE-AISI 1524 carbon steel gas tungsten arc welds

Inderscience journals to invite expanded papers from 4th Asia International Conference for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the 4th Asia International Conference (8-9 December 2018, Langkawi, Malaysia) will be invited for review and potential publication by the following journals:

Special issue published: "Recent Advances in the Evaluation of Vehicle Fuel Economy and its Application to Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Systems"

International Journal of Vehicle Performance 4(3) 2018
  • A model based approach for the analysis and simulation of a hybrid bus in an urban context
  • Theoretical and experimental investigation of the thermal behaviour of a two-speed dual clutch transmission
  • New methods for modelling and optimisation of multispeed transmission in an electric vehicle
  • Dynamic analysis of a vehicle with leaf spring based on the hysteresis model
Additional paper
  • Modelling optimisation of vehicle velocity for wheeled construction vehicles traversing in off-road terrain

Research pick: Pigeon pea - "No rain but bumper harvest: the magic of pigeonpea in semi-arid Kenya"

Pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) has been cultivated as a food crop for at least 3500 years. It is a great source of protein and widely consumed in South Asia, as well as Asia as a whole, Africa, and Latin America. Researchers in Kenya point out that land degradation and drought conditions can seriously constrain agricultural production in arid and semi-arid areas. However, even without significant rain there can be bumper harvests of this crop plant.

The researchers have looked at the yields of sole- and inter-crops of maize and pigeon ea varieties under different weather conditions over the period 2009 to 2013 and found that harvests where the Mbaazi II strain of pigeon pea was intercropped with maize offers the best option for marginal farmers especially if water conservation methods are employed and excess crop and waste plants parts are ploughed back into the soil rather than being fed to livestock.

Kwena, K.M., Ayuke, F.O., Karuku, G.N. and Esilaba, A.O. (2018) ‘No rain but bumper harvest: the magic of pigeonpea in semi-arid Kenya’, Int. J. Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp.181–203.

4 October 2018

Special issue published: "Innovation and Learning of Vocational Education"

International Journal of Innovation and Learning 24(4) 2018
  • The analysis of gaps in the implementation of process standard on the supervision of productive learning aspect in vocational school
  • The instructional media development of welding practice course based on PjBL model: enhancing student engagement and student competences
  • Implementation of monitoring system in facial acupressure learning media
  • LdesV, computer-operated video: overcoming students' difficulties in understanding automotive starting system
  • Enhancing student clustering to generate adaptive metacognitive instructions in learning system for vocational high school
  • Short answer scoring using W-Bleu for regular assessment in vocational high school
  • Model of local excellence-based on entrepreneurship education management for prospective vocational school teachers

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics

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  • India's mandatory CSR policy: implications and implementation challenges
  • Does board diversity affect firm performance? Evidence from the Italian financial sector
  • Do foreign ownership and foreign directorship matter for return on equity? Evidence from Malaysian listed companies
  • The advent of accounting in business governance: from ancient scribes to modern practitioners
  • Value relevance and codes of ethics: an empirical analysis of Italian listed companies

Special issue published: "Advances in Mechanical Engineering Research"

International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology 10(6) 2018
  • A hybrid crow search algorithm to minimise the weighted sum of makespan and total flow time in a flow shop environment
  • Dynamic analysis of composite propeller of ship using FEA
  • Influence study of manufacturing constraints and percentage of reinforcement on copper - fly ash composite by full factorial design
  • Preparation, characterisation and machining of LaPO4-Y2O3 composite by abrasive water jet machine
  • A short review on fretting wear behaviour of Al7075
  • Characteristic study on Al7020 friction stir joints with various rotational speeds
  • Effect of turbo A/R ratio on a high speed turbocharged automotive diesel engine
  • Additional papers
  • Unevenness measurement using the support vector machine and dynamic multiservice load balancing with modified genetic algorithm in cloud-based multimedia system
  • Numerical simulation: controlling light emitting diodes from MATLAB

Research pick: Smartphone activity - "A two-phase human activity classification design using accelerometer data from smartphone"

Your smartphone could be used to monitor your level of activity – whether you are running, walking or standing, according to research in China. The benefits might be in healthcare, checking up on patients with mobility issues of fall risk as well as in health and fitness apps that allow the user to set targets for different levels of activity.

The team has developed a two-stage method for analyzing the data from the smart phone’s built-in accelerometer. The team’s algorithm looks at the acceleration in three dimensions, x, y, and z and can then determine whether the person carrying the phone is running, walking, or standing with an accuracy of more than 97%. The next steps will include improving accuracy still further as well as developing the technology so that it can distinguish other physical actions, perhaps sporting activity such as cycling or rowing.

Ali, S.A. and Amin, R.U. (2018) ‘A two-phase human activity classification design using accelerometer data from smartphone’, Int. J. Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp.281–291.

3 October 2018

Special issue published: "Liner Shipping and Terminal Operations"

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics 10(5/6) 2018
  • A non-structural approach to assess competitive conditions in container liner shipping market: 2009-2014
  • The role of the degree of use of the facilities in the port choice process: the Spanish dockside cranes case
  • Cargo flow, freight rate and speed optimisation of container liner services
  • An empirical analysis of the critical selection criteria of liner operators: the perspective of freight forwarders
  • Simultaneous optimisation of seaside operations in container terminals: a case study of the Iranian Rajaee port
  • What drives European port traffic? The role of competition

Special issue published: "Business Administration – 2017 in Review"

International Journal of Decision Sciences, Risk and Management 8(1/2) 2018
  • Strategic management in times of crisis: the case of marble enterprises in the prefecture of Drama, Greece
  • The role of China in the global shipping industry, with emphasis on the dry bulk market
  • Greek public airports' efficiency assessment using DEA-modelling. Factors influencing efficiency and economic recession environment (2009-2014) implications
  • Motivation and job satisfaction: the case of call centres in Greece
  • Coaching: a plus (+) to managerial skills
  • Comparative analysis of the contemporary public sector quality determinants in relation to the satisfaction level of the Greek judicial officials and citizens in civil, criminal and administrative courts

Special issue on: "Frontiers in Pervasive Computing" (includes free Open Access article)

International Journal of Embedded Systems 10(5) 2018
  • Energy aware list-based scheduling for parallel applications in cloud
  • User similarity-based gender-aware travel location recommendation by mining geotagged photos
  • An abstraction layer enabling pervasive hardware-reconfigurable systems
  • Scheduling deadline-constrained scientific workflow using chemical reaction optimisation algorithm in clouds
Additional papers
  • Direct garbage collection: two-fold speedup for managed language embedded systems [FREE FULL-TEXT ACCESS]
  • An improved CUDA-based hybrid metaheuristic for fast controller of an evolutionary robot
  • Static compliance checking beyond separation of duty constraints
  • An algorithm of video network transmission based on unbalanced multiple description coding

Research pick: Use your greens for nanotech - "A review on exploring phytosynthesis of silver and gold nanoparticles using genus Brassica"

Researchers in India have reviewed the potential of using Brassica plants (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, rape, kohlrabi, cauliflower, rutabaga, brown mustard, and turnip) as biological processors for the environmentally friendly reduction of silver and gold to nanoparticles of those metals.

Engineered nanoparticles can be made using various physical and chemical “bottom up” approaches as well as biological methods. Bacteria, fungi, and yeasts have been used to make nanoparticles, but there is great potential for a wide range of crop plants to be used too. The approach offers great cost savings versus physical and chemical methods and the resulting gold and silver nanoparticles have been demonstrated to have antibacterial and even anticancer activity.

Yadav, M. and Kaur, P. (2018) ‘A review on exploring phytosynthesis of silver and gold nanoparticles using genus Brassica’, Int. J. Nanoparticles, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp.165–177.

2 October 2018

Special issue published: "Computational Intelligence Informatics and Information Security"

International Journal of Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications 17(4) 2018
  • Image pre-processing of icing transmission line based on fuzzy clustering
  • A study on power balance control strategies of mining variable speed magnetic coupling based on fuzzy self-adaptive PID
  • Exploration on predicting breast cancer stage with the aid of redesigned ANN incorporated with enhanced social spider optimisation technique
  • Prediction of oil production based on SVM optimised multi-objective particle swarm optimisation
  • An improved adaptation algorithm for signer-independent sign language recognition
  • Design of remote control system for intelligent irrigation based on ZigBee and GPRS
  • Modification of AES using genetic algorithms for high-definition image encryption
  • A study on flow based classification models using machine learning techniques
  • A hybrid approach to improve the quality of software fault prediction using Naïve Bayes and k-NN classification algorithm with ensemble method
  • Labelled decision-making method based on neural network model and pruning algorithm
  • Design of water quality monitoring system based on WSN and ZigBee

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Decision Sciences, Risk and Management

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  • The effect of online consumer reviews on buying behaviour and their management by the tourism industry
  • Efficiency in the tax-auditing administration in Greece
  • Focus on human resources as a mediating factor between ISO 9001 certification and continuous quality improvement
  • Human resources division transformation in the banking sector: the implementation of the 'three legged stool'
  • Managing customer relationships: a comprehensive literature review and future directions
  • Managing social media as a marketing tool in the Greek business environment
  • Valuation of mergers and acquisitions: the case study of a Greek listed company
  • Forecasting of future stock prices using neural networks and genetic algorithms

Special issue published: "Advances in Measurement Science and Technology"

International Journal of Materials and Product Technology 57(4) 2018
  • Non-contact roundness measurement with air gauges: simulation studies
  • Air gauge back-pressure uncertainty estimation for the advanced test rig
  • Barkhausen noise signal analysis of heat treated samples at various magnetising frequencies
  • Investigations of performance parameters in NFMQL assisted turning of titanium alloy using TOPSIS and particle swarm optimisation method
  • Analysis for electromagnetic performance of PM motor with different metal nano-material bars
  • Influence of solutionising temperature and time on spherodisation of the silicon particles of AMNCs

Research pick: Refugee crisis? - "Crisis, migration and the consolidation of the EU border control regime"

A narrow interpretation of the term “crisis” in the context of refugees and migrants seeking a new home in the European Union and EU border control regimes could have grave consequences of the lives of many people, according to research from Italy.

Moreover, the intense public debate on the “crisis” has not allowed the public and policymakers alike to recognize that the crisis is not a manifestation of external factors but a problem arising because of the intrinsic weaknesses in the EU border control regime and political instability in the Mediterranean region.

“The ongoing crisis at Europe’s borders can be seen as an ‘epistemic crisis’, signalling the contradictions and fluidity in the language and labels used when discussing human mobility and its governance,” it is argued.

Campesi, G. (2018) ‘Crisis, migration and the consolidation of the EU border control regime‘, Int. J. Migration and Border Studies, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp.196-221.

1 October 2018

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing

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  • Understanding the user generated content and interactions on a Facebook brand page
  • Investigating Facebook's acceptance and satisfaction: a study in the Greek university community
  • Social stream marketing on Facebook: a case study
  • Personal content in online sports communities: motivations to capture and share personal exercise data
  • From design participation to civic participation - participatory design of a social media service
  • Enriching shared experience by collective heart rate
  • The role of social media for media companies

Special issue published: "Next Generation Cloud, Mobile Cloud, Mobile Edge Computing and Internet of Things Systems and Networking"

International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking 12(3) 2018
  • Classifying environmental monitoring data to improve wireless sensor networks management
  • A power-control interference management mechanism for Femtocell-based networks
  • Exploring the relationships between web accessibility, web traffic, and university rankings: a case study of Jordanian universities
  • Context-aware latency reduction protocol for secure encryption and decryption
  • Energy efficiency of heterogeneous multicore system based on the enhanced Amdahl's law
  • Pixel classified colourisation method based on neighbourhood similarity priori
  • A novel distributed node searching method in DTNs
  • ElasticQ: an active queue management algorithm with flow trust
  • A hybrid mutation artificial bee colony algorithm for spectrum sharing
  • When is the immune inspired B-cell algorithm superior to the (1+1) evolutionary algorithm?
  • Assessing nodes' importance in complex networks using structural holes

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Big Data Intelligence

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  • HCEm model and a comparative workload analysis of Hadoop cluster
  • A knowledge-based integrated framework for increasing social management intelligence
  • Optimising column family for OLAP queries in HBase
  • PaloPro: a platform for knowledge extraction from big social data and the news

28 September 2018

Inderscience journals to invite expanded papers from International Scientific Conference "Contemporary Issues in Business, Management and Economics Engineering" for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Scientific Conference "Contemporary Issues in Business, Management and Economics Engineering" (9-10 May, 2019, Vilnius, Lithuania) will be invited for review and potential publication by the following journals:

Special issue published: "Knowledge Based Development, Theory and Applications on the Knowledge Economy"

International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development 9(3) 2018
  • Big data modelling the knowledge economy
  • The economic role of small knowledge intensive firms in European member states
  • The impact of entrepreneurship framework conditions in total early-stage entrepreneurship activity: an international approach
  • Influence of knowledge sharing on organisational performance
  • The influence of knowledge sharing on Portuguese healthcare organisations' performance
  • A conceptual approach to integrating healthcare services: an investigation of the Portuguese case
  • Applying open innovation to promote the development of a knowledge city: the Culiacan experience

Research pick: Improving Indonesian health - "Generic drugs in Indonesia: why physicians and pharmacists matters"

In 2014, Indonesia introduced National Health Insurance. One of the goals of the new program was to increase the use of generic, rather than expensive proprietary pharmaceuticals. In 2011, generic use was low at 14% whereas policymakers and purse-string holders felt that if the use of generics was broadened much greater savings could be made. A large survey of patients revealed that information from one’s physician has the biggest effect on whether or not patients opt for a generic version of the medication they require. Additionally, experience with a given pharmaceutical also has a significant impact on whether or not the generic drug is chosen in preference to the proprietary product.

Generic drugs are essentially identical to the products offered by large drug companies even after the drugs’ patents have long expired with one important difference that has an even more significant effect in the developing world – they are cheaper. It is critical that policymakers and healthcare workers push for greater use of generics products in order to cut the healthcare bill and allow healthcare to be more widely available through those cost savings.

Amelia, A. and Ronald, R. (2018) ‘Generic drug in Indonesia: why physicians and pharmacists matters’, Int. J. Monetary Economics and Finance, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp.307–315.

27 September 2018

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management increases issues

The International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management has announced that it will be increasing issues from six to eight from 2019 onwards.

Special issue published: "Relationships in Web Based Communities"

International Journal of Web Based Communities 14(3) 2018
  • Understanding the motivation in massive open online courses: a Twitter mining perspective
  • Friendship acceptance on Facebook: men prefer cold calls from attractive women while women favour unattractive friends
  • Moderating effect of gender on the relationship between extraversion, neuroticism, conscientiousness and Facebook use
  • Social Capital: An Influence on Critical to Success Factors in Online Brand Communities
  • We learn from each other: exploring interpersonal communications in online communities
  • A tag-based recommender system framework for social bookmarking websites

New Editor for International Journal of Sustainable Design

Prof. Guangwei Huang from Sophia University in Japan has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Sustainable Design.

Research pick: Chemical risk assessment - "An approach to identify, prioritise and provide regulatory follow-up actions for new or emerging risks of chemicals for workers, consumers and the environment"

Researchers in The Netherlands and Italy are developing a new approach to identifying and providing prioritized regulatory follow-up actions for new or emerging chemical risks. The approach could benefit workers, consumers, and the environment. The team describes their approach as “a comprehensive and systematic approach for the identification of new or emerging risks of chemicals”.

First, new information is assimilated, then exposure and adverse effects are evaluated and prioritized, and where a problem is apparent an analysis of regulatory risk management options is undertaken so that timely recommendations of follow-up steps can be carried out to reduce or eliminate putative risks for a given substance.

L.G., Hogendoorn, E.A., Bakker, J., van Broekhuizen, F.A., Palmen, N.G.M., de Bruin, Y.B., Kooi, M., Sijm, D.T.H.M. and Traas, T.P. (2018) ‘An approach to identify, prioritise and provide regulatory follow-up actions for new or emerging risks of chemicals for workers, consumers and the environment’, Int. J. Risk Assessment and Management, Vol. 21, No. 3, pp.248–269.

26 September 2018

International Journal of Automation and Control increases issues

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

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  • Fatigue life prediction of composite material's adhesive joints in automotive applications
  • An evaluation of polymer composites for car bumper beam
  • Investigations into electrical discharge machining of fabricated AA 6061/10% Al2O3 aluminium-based metal matrix composite using OFAT approach
  • Suitability assessments for advanced composite-metal hybrid material systems in automotive crash structural applications
  • Draping simulation-supported framework for cost- and weight- effective composite design

Special issue published: "Heavy Vehicle Systems in Real-Time Applications"

International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems 25(3/4) 2018
  • An investigation on the fatigue performance of austempered ductile iron steering knuckle
  • Parametric analysis of axial flux HUB motor for the electric vehicle in rural areas
  • Automated multimodal background detection and shadow removal process using robust principal fuzzy gradient partial equation methods in intelligent transportation systems
  • Anomalies detection from video surveillance using support vector trained deep neural network classifier
  • Evaluation of outlier detection algorithms for traffic congestion assessment in smart city traffic data from vehicle sensors
  • Robust detection and recognition of traffic signs on road panels
  • Mapping the structure and evolution of heavy vehicle research: a scientometric analysis and visualisation
  • Location optimisation for road side unit deployment and maximising communication probability in multilane highway
  • Adaptive mobility-based intelligent decision-making system for driver behaviour prediction with motion nano sensor in VANET
  • Corrosion, adhesion and erosion study of MZ and ML system using thermal plasma
  • Evaluation of mechanical performance of friction welded AISI304L grade stainless steel joints
  • Investigation of mechanical, morphological studies and electrochemical micro holing process parameters on Al6061-SiC-Gr hybrid metal matrix composites
  • An experimental investigation on the performance of a CI engine when using LTC with a blend of diesel, biodiesel and ethanol
  • Research on vehicle location-distribution problem based on uncertain demand and low carbon emission
  • Secure and compact implementation of optimized Montgomery multiplier based elliptic curve cryptography on FPGA with road vehicular traffic collecting protocol for VANET application
  • Investigation of energy availability for vapour absorption refrigeration system from engine exhaust
Additional paper
  • Optimal design of passive suspension system of a 6 × 6 multi-wheeled all-terrain vehicle using genetic algorithm

Research pick: Celebrities over experts - "Measuring the comparative efficacy of an attractive celebrity influencer vis-à-vis an expert influencer – a fashion industry perspective"

Do attractive celebrity figures have more influence on public opinion than experts when it comes to consumer fashion choice? Given that influencer marketing is on the rise – essentially exploiting word-of-mouth from the words of well-known and favoured individuals – then understanding whether or not this kind of marketing is more effective when the influencer is a celebrity or a well-known fashion expert is an important topic of research for the fashion industry.

Researchers in India have surveyed several hundred individuals in the “Generation Y” cohort, those born after 1980, and looked at how they made their fashion choices in the wake of following celebrities and fashion experts on social media. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, the research established that attractive celebrity influencers have a much greater impact on the choices made by Gen Y individuals over fashion experts, pointing to the seemingly obvious idea that attractive celebrities can be used to market products more effectively than the less famous but more expert individual.

Trivedi, J.P. (2018) ‘Measuring the comparative efficacy of an attractive celebrity influencer vis-à-vis an expert influencer – a fashion industry perspective’, Int. J. Electronic Customer Relationship Management, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp.256–271.

25 September 2018

International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems increases issues

The International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems has announced that it will be increasing issues from four to six from 2019 onwards.

International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing increases issues

The International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing has announced that it will be increasing issues from four to six from 2019 onwards.

Research pick: Blue noise cancellation - "A blue noise pattern sampling method based on cloud computing to prevent aliasing"

A significant problem in computer graphics and digital photography is the presence of high-frequency “noise” in an image, which occurs in the form of random speckles or aberrant pixels that reduce the overall information content of the image especially when magnifying particular regions of the image for examination. The effect is manifest as a phenomenon known as aliasing and anti-aliasing techniques and filters are available to cope with it…to some extent.

Now, researchers in China have developed a new algorithm that utilises the distributed resources of cloud computing to sample blue noise and prevent image-distorting aliasing effects in a digital image. Their approach shows significant performance gains over conventional error-resilient encoding methods and native redundant encoding methods, they report.

Zhan, A., Hu, Y., Yu, M. and Zhang, Y. (2018) ‘A blue noise pattern sampling method based on cloud computing to prevent aliasing‘, Int. J. Innovative Computing and Applications, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp.173-179.

24 September 2018

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering increases issues

The International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering has announced that it will be increasing issues from eight to twelve from 2019 onwards.

International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking increases issues

The International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking has announced that it will be increasing issues from eight to twelve from 2019 onwards.

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology increases issues

The International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology has announced that it will be increasing issues from eight to twelve from 2019 onwards.

International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control increases issues

The International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control has announced that it will be increasing issues from eight to twelve from 2019 onwards.

21 September 2018

International Journal of Information and Computer Security increases issues

The International Journal of Information and Computer Security has announced that it will be increasing issues from four to six from 2019 onwards.

International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms increases issues

The International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms has announced that it will be increasing issues from eight to twelve from 2019 onwards.

Research pick: Mindful of training - "Developing management skills through experiential learning: the effectiveness of outdoor training and mindfulness"

Researchers in Spain are developing a tool to measure the personal and interpersonal skills of individuals who have engaged in experiential learning based on outdoor training and mindfulness. Employees, master’s and undergraduate students were evaluated looking at teamwork, communication, leadership, motivation, stress tolerance, organisation and planning, responsibility, and analysis, resolution and anticipation of problems.

The success of the tool highlights how important it is in the workplace and in the educational environment to evaluate “competencies” being taught.

del Val Núñez, M.T., Romero, F.J.C., Sánchez, R.C. and Aránega, A.Y. (2018) ‘Developing management skills through experiential learning: the effectiveness of outdoor training and mindfulness’, European J. International Management, Vol. 12, Nos. 5/6, pp.676–694.

20 September 2018

International Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology increases issues

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

International Journal of Business Intelligence and Data Mining increases issues

The International Journal of Business Intelligence and Data Mining has announced that it will be increasing issues from four to eight from 2019 onwards.

Research pick: Shades of grey reveal breast tumours - "Classification of breast abnormality using decision tree based on GLCM features in mammograms"

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women. Mammography is the best imaging technology for early detection of tumours in breast tissue.

Now, researchers in India have developed a new approach to the classification of abnormalities in the breast using a decision tree based on GLCM (grey level co-occurrence matrices). This allows useful texture and statistical features to be extracted from a medical image based on the pixel “brightness” value in the digital image.

In the new approach noise is reduced following data acquisition using pre-processing and then the image is examined using the GLCM technique to help discern between benign and malignant tissue seen in the mammogram.

Kamalakannan, J. and Babu, M.R. (2018) ‘Classification of breast abnormality using decision tree based on GLCM features in mammograms’, Int. J. Computer Aided Engineering and Technology, Vol. 10, No. 5, pp.504–512.

19 September 2018

Inderscience journals to invite expanded papers from 2nd International Conference on Communication, Devices and Computing for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the 2nd International Conference on Communication, Devices and Computing (14-15 March, 2019, Haldia, India) will be invited for review and potential publication by the following journals:

International Journal of Earthquake and Impact Engineering to invite expanded papers from International Civil Engineering and Architecture Conference for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Civil Engineering and Architecture Conference (17- 20 April 2019, Trabzon, Turkey) will be invited for review and potential publication by the International Journal of Earthquake and Impact Engineering.

Research pick: South Africa’s financial imbalance - "An analysis of the financial inclusion in South Africa considering race, education and income"

Research from Egypt on financial inclusion in South Africa considering race, education, and income has concluded that Caucasian members of the population are more likely to have bank accounts. the work also showed that higher education is correlated with an increased awareness of financial planning.

Individuals described as “coloured” in the paper and individuals described as “Africans” were shown to be the least likely to own bank accounts. These individuals in the population were shown to have four years less education on average than Caucasian individuals.

The paper notes the considerable evidence that the success of self- employed individuals and entrepreneurs’ successes are related to ethnic group even after the end to racial segregation, Apartheid, in 1994. The paper shows a clear inequality between ethnic groups. Financial inclusion is needed for long-term economic growth and poverty reduction.

Omran, M.F. (2018) ‘An analysis of the financial inclusion in South Africa considering race, education and income’, World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 14, No. 5, pp.657–667. B

18 September 2018

Research pick: ICT: The new A & E? - "ICT enabled collaborative e-health for cleft lip/palate treatment"

Researchers in the UK have been investigating the use of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) to improve access to medical services in remote areas. More specifically, they have been working on a practical ICT solution base on a case study carried out in Northern Thailand looking at cleft-lip/palate treatment.

Medical treatment of this condition requires many skills and several differing inputs from numerous disciplines. This means quality treatment is often limited in remote areas and receiving proper and effective treatment is difficult. In Thailand, because healthcare services are centralised, the researchers have proposed a collaborative framework. This includes the supporting of data sharing for medical teams to allow for the empowerment of local healthcare.

ICT can enhance knowledge transfer and one aim of this research is to create an expert system for conditions that require multidisciplinary treatment by generating an e-health service system. The hope is to improve care quality to patients in remote areas and there is continuing evaluation of the current platform implemented for cleft-lip/palate treatment.

Choosri, N., Khwanngern, K., Yu, H., Thongbunjob, K., Sukhahuta, R., Natwichai, J., Boonma, P., Atkins, A. and Sitthikham, S. (2018) ‘ICT enabled collaborative e-health for cleft lip/palate treatment’, Int. J. Agile Systems and Management, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp.270–292.

17 September 2018

Special issue published: "Modelling and Simulation of Chaotic Processes"

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling 13(5) 2018
  • A new biological snap oscillator: its modelling, analysis, simulations and circuit design
  • Extreme multi-stability in hyperjerk memristive system with hidden attractors and its adaptive synchronisation scheme
  • Complex walking behaviours, chaos and bifurcations of a simple passive compass-gait biped model suffering from leg length asymmetry
  • String of scrolls from a time-delayed chaotic circuit
  • Secure communication and image encryption scheme based on synchronisation of fractional order chaotic systems using backstepping
  • Stability study and dynamical analysis of the multicellular chopper
Additional papers
  • K-DBSCAN: an efficient density-based clustering algorithm supports parallel computing
  • Cognitive smart environment: an approach based on concept hierarchies and sensor data fusion

Special issue published: "Headlines of Russian Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies in 2017"

International Journal of Nanotechnology 15(4/5) 2018
  • Attosecond nanotechnology: from subatomic electrostatic strings entangling electron pairs to supra-atomic quantum nanoelectromechanical systems energy storage in materials
  • Agro ecological grounding for the application of metal nanopowders in agriculture
  • Preparation of liposomes containing benzophenanthridine alkaloid sanguinarine and evaluation of its cytotoxic activity
  • Elaboration of a bacterial cellulose matrix for the immobilisation of Escherichia coli cells
  • On the interaction of thermal and strain-wave processes in coals
  • Nanocomposites for luminescent tumour diagnostics and theranostics
  • Research of sheet thickness effect on mechanical and technological properties of Al-1%Mn aluminium alloy
  • Multicriteria optimisation of the formulation of modified fine-grained fibre concretes containing carbon nanostructures
  • Problems of education in the field of nanotechnology
  • Nanopowders of cuprum, cobalt and their oxides used in the intensive technology for growing cucumbers
  • Information representation and retrieval in nanoengineering applications
  • Investigation of Finemet nanocrystalline alloy coating obtained by the electric spark method
  • Complementary memristive diode cells for the memory matrix of a neuromorphic processor
  • Mesoporous carbon materials for supercapacitors prepared by the pyrolysis of polymers
  • The effect of Langmuir arachidic acid layers on surface morphology and electrical properties of a polycrystalline CdS film
  • Epilam multifunctional nanosized protective films: synergy effect of antiadhesive and anti-frictional properties
  • The influence of hydrothermal nanosilica powder aquaspersions on the vital capacity of Daphnia magna Straus crustaceans
  • Sorption activity of nanostructured materials

14 September 2018

Press release: Emergency mobile - "Swift personal emergency help facilitated by the mobile cloud"

Medical emergencies inevitably require an urgent response from doctors and other healthcare workers. Response time can mean the difference between life and death. As such, there are ongoing efforts in many areas of research to find technological approaches to reducing response times in order to improve medical outcomes. Writing in the International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking, an academic team from Ireland explain how and why mobile cloud computing can be an answer.

The team of Hazzaa Alshareef and Dan Grigoras has responded to the problem by developing a mobile cloud service, which they explain works side-by-side with the existing emergency system. It is “aimed at reducing the time spent waiting for emergency help to arrive, as well as making the best use of medical professionals who may be located in close proximity to the medical case,” the team writes.

In earlier work, the team introduced a mobile ad hoc network, MANET, manager service that is hosted in the cloud. This system allows all mobile users to be reached, including those without “cellular” connectivity but who are connected to the internet via Wi-Fi. In subsequent work, they proposed a way to manage active sessions between users on the same MANET to reduce save mobile resource demands and preclude data loss or misuse. In a third paper, they brought the technology together to introduce a novel system that provides healthcare services to people who are involved in an emergency and are out of reach of home or office.

Now, they have extended this work to extend what might be possible to include wearable sensors, approaches to capturing the time needed to connect those involved in an emergency with those who might assist and so optimize the communication channels, and finally they have improved security.

In trials of the application, the team found that the amount of time needed to find a medical professional and establish communication was between 4 (via the internet) and 25 seconds (text messaging, short message service, SMS), depending on the particular communication method used. In other words, negligible time is added to the process, but the new connectivity could improve the chance of a positive outcome.

Critically, the system augments the conventional emergency services by locating professionals in the vicinity of an emergency and notifying them of what is happening and allowing them to respond appropriately and in a much timelier manner.

“Our future work will develop an algorithm for better management of registered professionals’ activity to achieve fair and efficient outcome, including when they start/end dealing with emergency cases and how often they provide emergency support,” the team concludes. They also plan to extend the options available with wearable smart sensors for people with particular medical needs who might find themselves in an emergency situation.

Alshareef, H. and Grigoras, D. (2018) ‘Swift personal emergency help facilitated by the mobile cloud’, Int. J. High Performance Computing and Networking, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp.1–12.

Research pick: Bayesian malaria classification - "A framework for predicting malaria using naïve Bayes classifier"

A type of statistics first developed in the 19th Century could help improve our understanding of the spread of malaria, which very much remains a lethal infection in this century.

Researchers from Nigeria have employed a naïve Bayes as a probability classifier to help them predict whether or not new patients arriving with symptoms first actually have the parasitic disease and if they do what level of severity of infection and symptoms they are suffering. Such classification could help prioritise those patients who need urgent treatment.

The “framework” developed by the team has now been tested successfully on a sample dataset of some 700 records from a hospital in Yola, in Nigeria’s Adamawa State.

Aliyu, A., Prasad, R. and Fonkam, M. (2018) ‘A framework for predicting malaria using naïve Bayes classifier’, Int. J. Telemedicine and Clinical Practices, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.78–93.

13 September 2018

New Editor for International Journal of Computational Materials Science and Surface Engineering

Prof. Fei Yin from the Wuhan University of Technology in China has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Computational Materials Science and Surface Engineering.

Research pick: Lean healthcare - "A comparative analysis of lean implementations in NHS England hospitals"

A “lean” business approach to healthcare could reducing patient times, allow staff to be employed more effectively, improve the quality of healthcare provision, decrease waste and lower costs. However, three case studies carried out in the UK’s National Health Service suggests that there are still significant barriers to the adoption of “lean” practices that aim to streamlines processes and interactions and operate on an as-needed basis in terms of the provision of supplies and services. The main barrier for almost nine out of every ten NHS staff interviewed was one of terminology and understanding the fundamental concepts of “lean”. Leadership and better communication of the paradigm are needed if the rewards of implementing a lean approach are to be wrought.

Deara, A., Deara, M., Bamber, C. and Elezi, E. (2018) ‘A comparative analysis of lean implementations in NHS England hospitals’, Int. J. Lean Enterprise Research, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp.218–239.

12 September 2018

Special issue published: "Enterprise Network Management Technologies and Tools for E-Commerce, Mobile Commerce and Social Commerce Frameworks"

International Journal of Enterprise Network Management 9(3/4) 2018
  • Entropy a new measure to gauge search engine optimisation
  • Impact of talent management practices on employee retention - an empirical study in select IT companies with special reference to Chennai
  • Classification approach to avoid link failures in wireless sensor networks in mobile virtual communities and teleworking
  • Wireless system for flight safety industry
  • SaaS multitenant performance testing over social networks
  • An anomaly-based network intrusion detection system using ensemble clustering
  • Power efficient digital circuits for ECG front end data acquisition mobile system
  • Three phase optimisation for qualified and secured VMs for resource allocation
  • Determinants of smartwatch adoption among IT professionals - an extended UTAUT2 model for smartwatch enterprise
  • An efficient protocol for power consumption in wireless enterprise ad hoc virtual community network with Triso framework
  • A framework for antecedents of trust in social commerce
  • Authentication as a service in cloud from a fuzzy perspective
  • An empirical study on customer adoption of mobile payment application in India
  • Ontology-based effective information retrieval from the web using concept aware user profile construction
  • The effects of brand image in purchasing of online marketing among university students
  • Multisite aggregate production and distribution planning: a review
  • Stress of new age entrepreneurs and its implications of affecting heart-alerting-heart using MIOT
  • An automatic construction of domain ontology to analyse competence prerequisites of jobs
  • Determinants of online consumer behaviour towards e-tailing in India

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Quality Engineering and Technology

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Quality Engineering and Technology are now available here for free:
  • Quality Insights: Impact of cognitive load on the manufacturing cost of quality
  • Identifying factors for evaluating software project proposals
  • Designing of CUSUM chart with transformed Rayleigh distributed data
  • Multivariate Bayesian control chart based on economic and economic-statistical design using Monte Carlo method and ABC algorithm
  • Decreasing the effect of measurement errors on detecting and diagnosing performance of MAX-EWMAMS control chart in Phase II
  • Visualising the cost of quality investment using equity breakeven point
  • Multivariate exponentially weighted moving sample covariance control chart for monitoring covariance matrix
  • Economic and economic statistical designs of X control charts under Burr XII shock model

Research pick: Work-life balance - "An empirical research on quality of work-life – an employee perspective"

Dramatic advances in technology and the intensification of global competition in the business world have disrupted considerably the work-life balance of many people the world over, where prior to the advent of smartphones and “always-on” connectivity, home time was to some extent personal and private, but today work impinges increasingly in that environment through those devices. Moreover, the global nature of business now means that timezones are irrelevant and employees are often expected to be accessible and available 24/7 in many realms of work, particularly those in the employ of multinational companies with worldwide dominance. Researchers in India have studied this imbalance and offer new suggestions as to how employers can compromise in terms of the company’s demands and the needs of the individual members of staff.

Swarochi, G., Seema, A. and Sujatha, S. (2018) ‘An empirical research on quality of work-life – an employee perspective’, Int. J. Management Development, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp.34–80.

11 September 2018

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Economics and Accounting

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Economics and Accounting are now available here for free:
  • Comparative analysis of investment funding in the Nigerian oil and agricultural sector
  • Politicisation of the professions
  • Board members in squeeze-out transactions: an event study analysis
  • Corporate governance and financial performance of listed banks: evidence form emerging market
  • Corporate governance and voluntary disclosure: evidence from Bahrain

Research pick: Search skills - "Unpacking cognitive skills engaged in web-search: how can log files, eye movements, and cued-retrospective reports help? An in-depth qualitative case study"

We need a clearer understanding of the cognitive activity that happens when we do web searches. Researchers in Spain have carried out an in-depth qualitative case study and suggest that log files, eye movements, and cued-retrospective reports could help us get a clearer picture of how people search. The findings could be important for teaching search skills and helping students understand different approaches to searching. The work could have implications for improving collaborative learning, peer-to-peer interaction, self-regulation learning, and game-based learning.

Argelagós, E., Brand-Gruwel, S., Jarodzka, H.M. and Pifarré, M. (2018) ‘Unpacking cognitive skills engaged in web-search: how can log files, eye movements, and cued-retrospective reports help? An in-depth qualitative case study’, Int. J. Innovation and Learning, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp.152–175

10 September 2018

International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing to invite expanded papers from ICRISET 2018 for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference On Emerging Trends in Engineering, Science and Technology (14-15 December 2018, CHARUSAT, Changa, India) will be invited for review and potential publication by the International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Vehicle Systems Modelling and Testing

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Vehicle Systems Modelling and Testing are now available here for free:
  • Sensitivity analysis of truck tyre hydroplaning speed using FEA-SPH model
  • Validating power management strategies for hybrid sport motorcycles: a virtual prototyping approach
  • Methodology for developing a neural network leaf spring model
  • An optimal robust controller for active trailer differential braking systems of car-trailer combinations
  • Theoretical and experimental analytical study of powertrain system by hardware-in-the-loop test bench for electric vehicles
  • Adaptive optimal control for integrated active front steering and direct yaw moment based on approximate dynamic programming
  • Evaluation of velocity and curvature dependence for roadgrip measured by low lateral slip

7 September 2018

Special issue published: "Critical Success Factors for Public Transportation"

International Journal of System of Systems Engineering 8(4) 2018
  • Framing success: the Netherlands railways experience
  • The redesign process of the timetable for the Dutch railway sector: a theoretical approach
  • Validity of railway microscopic simulations under the microscope: two case studies
  • DEMATEL-AHP technique to minimise departure delays due to airspace congestion: a case in Mactan-Cebu International Airport
  • Wheel maintenance in rolling stock: safety challenges in the defect detection process
  • There is no spoon: applying virtual reality for maintenance training of rolling stock technicians

Special issue published: "Defining the Frontiers of Business Research Across Emerging Economies"

Journal for Global Business Advancement 11(2) 2018
  • Dependency or contagion between the Islamic and conventional banking system: evidence from the FIEGARCH-EVT-copula model
  • Audit committee independence, abnormal directors compensation, corporate governance disclosure and price to earnings multiple of Nigerian firms
  • Contemporary approaches to performance evaluation of international hotel groups in Portugal
  • Drivers of consumers' foreign products purchase: a test of an integrative model
  • The joint effect of leadership style and organisational justice on employees' work engagement
  • Comparison of outcomes obtained from nominal group technique and survey method: an empirical investigation

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Research pick: Unzip your genes - "Deletion genotype calling on the basis of sequence visualisation and image classification"

A research team in China is developing a new genotyping method using deletion visualisation and classification. This looks at where parts of genes have been lost during DNA repair after damage. Their results showed that the approach was more accurate than earlier methods, had a wider detectable deletion length range, and was able to perform better with high and low coverage data. Tests on simulated data from a range of diseases with high levels of noise compared well against genotype “calling” methods such as Pindel and LUMPY (a probabilistic framework).

Such an approach might be useful in biomedical research into the rare muscle-wasting disease spinal muscular atrophy and the nervous system disorder “cri de chat syndrome”.

Wang, J., Gao, J. and Ling, C. (2018) ‘Deletion genotype calling on the basis of sequence visualisation and image classification’, Int. J. Data Mining and Bioinformatics, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp.109–122.

6 September 2018

Special issue published: "Market Structure and Resource Allocation in Emerging Economies"

International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies 11(4) 2018
  • Approach to enhance Thai massage business in Ang Thong Province
  • Resource misallocation in Thai manufacturing industries between 1996 and 2011
  • ASEAN energy sector under public-private partnership: challenge for market governance
  • Opportunistic behaviour on institution of textile industry: West Java-Indonesia experience
  • Transparency and privacy in environmental matters
  • Comparative study of outplacement programs for building effective operation
  • The challenges to achieve commonwealth in an industrial area: case study in Bandar Lampung industrial area
  • Relationship between CSR and financial performance: the first comparative study on listed companies in Thailand and the USA
  • An institutional perspective of knowledge transfer within university and industry alliance
  • Retail mix strategies of hypermarkets in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
  • Efforts to enhance active cooperatives in Indonesia based on macroeconomic variables

Special issue published: "Connecting the Dots Between Management and Governance: A Comparative Corporate Governance Mechanism"

International Journal of Comparative Management 1(3) 2018
  • Connectivity and closeness among international financial institutions: a network theory perspective
  • Is Eurasian Economic Union governance effective? Implications for the strategic entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Corporate governance relationship with strategic management: a longitudinal case analysis of RELX Group (Elsevier)
  • Corporate governance mechanisms and income smoothing: the case of European Union banks
  • The impact of corporate governance on earnings management in emerging economies: the Greek evidence

Thematic issue published: "Research Methods in International Management"

European Journal of International Management 12(5/6) 2018
  • Cross-cultural diversity management in service firms
  • New strategies to measure and strengthen the social role of business incubators: their application to a Spanish region
  • The influence of leadership styles on the internationalisation of 'born-global' firms and traditionally global-expanding firms
  • Exploring the asymmetric influence of socioemotional wealth priorities on entrepreneurial behaviour in family businesses
  • Estimating the determinants of executive selection in multinational companies: a two-sided matching model
  • Multinational enterprise subsidiaries in local clusters: embeddedness or isolation?
  • The comparative method and comparative management: uneasy bedfellows or natural partners?
  • Strategic decision-making in family firms: an explorative study
  • Developing management skills through experiential learning: the effectiveness of outdoor training and mindfulness
Regularly submitted papers
  • Chinese firms in Ireland: profile, motives and impact of human resource and industrial relations factors
  • Toward a 'masstige' theory and strategy for marketing

Research pick: Can you get no satisfaction? - "Life-satisfaction is more a matter of feeling well than having what you want. Tests of Veenhoven’s theory"

A paper from The Netherlands found, through tests of Veenhoven’s theory, that life- satisfaction is more about feeling well than having what you want. The researches assessed individual’s satisfaction with their lives, as a whole, using two information sources: How well we feel most of the time and to what extent life has brought us what we want from it. The paper focuses on how much an individual likes their own lives.

It highlights the debate surrounding the nature of happiness and weightings of affective experience (need-theory) and the success of meeting wants (comparison theory). Overall, the research fits the theory that life satisfaction draws first on affective experience, that individuals will draw on the experiences they have rather than how well they meet their wants in life.

Kainulainen, S., Saari, J. and Veenhoven, R. (2018) ‘Life-satisfaction is more a matter of feeling well than having what you want. Tests of Veenhoven’s theory’, Int. J. Happiness and Development, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp.209–235.

5 September 2018

Special issue published: "Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives in Small and Medium Enterprises"

Global Business and Economics Review 20(5/6) 2018

  • A model for testing the relationship between company's size and performance: a cross country analysis
  • Determinants of technological and no-technological innovation in SMEs: the case of Crete
  • How to measure the efficiency of the diffusion of innovation in the supply chain - proposed methodology
  • Innovation and social responsibility in food ingredients market
  • Utilisation of emotional intelligence in the retail banking sector - a preliminary model for Lebanon
  • Italian credit cooperative banks: the fundamental role in supporting the growth of SMEs and family businesses
  • The antecedents and consequences of Lovemarks: a study of the attitudes and perceptions of football club fans
  • Internal CSR practices within the SME sector in Cyprus from the employees' perspective - challenges and prospects
  • The acquisition of entrepreneurial competencies in a virtual platform: a structural equation model
  • Linking entrepreneurial orientation to brand reputation
Additional papers
  • Population, immigration and growth in a Romer endogenous growth model
  • Does domain specific consumer innovativeness vary with consumers' individual cultural orientation?

Special issue published: "Embracing the Asean Economic Community in Indonesia: The Convergence of Management and Technology"

International Journal of Services Technology and Management 24(5/6) 2018
  • A case study of Indonesian SMEs: an empirical evidence of SCM practices and their impact on firm performance
  • Governance structure choice in the supply chain of broiler chickens: an empirical study in Central Java, Indonesia
  • The challenge of e-money adoption for transportation in Indonesia
  • Monetary integration in the ASEAN Economic Community challenge: the role of the exchange rate on inflation in Indonesia
  • Assessing an information system in a mandatory environment: a case of a government agency in Indonesia
  • R&D intensity and allocation: empirical evidence from Indonesia in AEC integration
  • Marine renewable energy: opportunities and challenges for community development in coastal area of Indonesia

Research Pick: R.E.S.P.E.C.T: The Key to Happiness - "Respect toward partner mediates the relationship between authenticity and subjective happiness"

Mutual respect in an authentic relationship may lead to the subjective happiness of the individuals. Research from Turkey highlights key points surrounding the relationship between the authenticity of a relationship, how likely the individuals in the relationship are to see themselves as being happy, and how respected the individuals in the relationship feel.

The results showed that respect towards a partner comes from the relationship being positively authentic. It was also demonstrated that the relationship between authenticity and the subjective happiness of the individuals in the relationship are partially mediated by the respect towards the partner.

Uğur, E. (2018) ‘Respect toward partner mediates the relationship between authenticity and subjective happiness’, Int. J. Happiness and Development, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp.181–194.

4 September 2018

Special issue published: "Multiple Criteria Decision Aid: Advances in Theory and Applications"

International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making 7(3/4) 2018
  • A decision aiding methodology to compare patient classification systems
  • Combining the PROMETHEE method and mathematical programming for multi-objective facility location problem
  • A multicriteria analysis to assess the pollution in the southern coastal area of Sfax
  • A strategic management based on multicriteria decision analysis: an application for the Alpine regions
  • Inferring an ELECTRE I model from binary outranking relations
  • A linguistic reliable quality function deployment method for the healthcare sector
  • An extension of PROMETHEE II to temporal evaluations
Additional paper
  • Interactive decision making with fuzzy goals for simple recourse in multiobjective stochastic programming problems

Press release: Malaysian Airways Flight MH370 - "Geopolitics in the search for the disappeared Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370"

Malaysian Airways Flight MH370 had 239 people on board when it left Kuala Lumpur airport at 00h41 on 8 March 2014 bound for Beijing, China. Its planned flight path would have taken it over Vietnam en route and it had sufficient fuel for the 7-hour flight. However, at 01h19, the aircraft made an unscheduled manoeuvre banking left turn over the Gulf of Siam towards Palau Langkawi, Malaysia and terminating radio voice contact with Malaysian air-traffic control with the final cockpit voice communication recorded as “Good Night Malaysian three seven zero”. The aircraft was not seen or heard from again.

An international effort to find the aircraft, or more to the point wreckage, assuming it had crashed into the sea, was fruitless. The search was focused on the anticipated crash site in the area off the western coast of Australia. However, in the middle of 2015, debris was found inexplicably off the coast of south-eastern Africa. The origin of this recovered flotsam could have been almost anywhere in the western half of the Indian Ocean.

Now, four years on from the original disappearance, Alfred Wong of the Friends of Aboriginal Health, in Vancouver, Canada, has suggested that the probable crash site might only be found if investigators turn their perspective to the prevailing geopolitics of the time and the social psychology of the pilots. He points out that even now, the causes of the final flight path are still largely conjectural: electrical or mechanical failures, hijacking by on-board intruders or by external electronic means, and irrational behaviour by the pilots are frequently mentioned, for instance. Conspiracy theories abound.

Wong suggests that it is time to address the problem and investigate the disappearance of Flight MH370 with the assumption that a crime may have been committed rather than an accident having occurred. “The new comprehensive undertaking should include all direct and circumstantial physical, sociological, political and psychological evidence pertaining to motives and opportunities,” he says. “It is generally known that in most crime scene investigation anywhere in the World, unbiased thorough investigation and subsequent vigorous prosecution are often hampered by political interferences,” he adds. It is now time to circumvent the issues that have hampered the investigations.
Wong proposes that independent qualified experts from disinterested nations, such as Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Bolivia, and Zimbabwe should be recruited at this point to override the suspicion, distrust, and the conspiracy of silence and to provide an explanation for the loss of the aircraft and all of those on board to the world and to the relatives of those who died on Flight MH370.

Wong, A. (2018) ‘Geopolitics in the search for the disappeared Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370‘, Int. J. Forensic Engineering, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp.47-74.

Special issue published: "Agent-Based System Engineering"

International Journal of Agent-Oriented Software Engineering 6(2) 2018
  • Modelling agent oriented solutions for the smart grid
  • Quantitative analysis of multi-agent systems through statistical verification of simulation traces
  • An agent programming manifesto
  • Validating MAS analysis models with the ASEME methodology

Special issue published: "Clean Energy: Innovation in Policy, Management and Praxis"

International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning 12(1) 2018
  • Governance of the clean energy sector in Kazakhstan: impediments to investment
  • Policy instruments for renewable energy: an empirical evaluation of effectiveness
  • Enabling policy for solar PV: the gap in the urban global south
  • Promoting behind-the-meter battery storage: options for more effective government support and regulation
  • Community renewables in the UK - a clash of cultures?

Research Pick: But one drink won’t hurt, right? - "Health-related quality of life in consequences from frequency-quantity measures of alcohol consumption patterns"

A paper from New York has shown that low- quantity alcohol drinks have no significant difference in the number of mentally unhealthy days they experience when compared to non-drinkers. The research was carried out to identify the health-related quality of life consequences by using frequency-quantity measures of consumption patterns.

The results of the study showed that those who are current drinkers regardless of consumption pattern are less likely to have physically unhealthy days than non-drinkers but that they were more likely to have negative mental health outcomes, except those that were low frequency, low quantity drinkers. The study also showed that high frequency, low quantity drinkers benefitted the most physically from their alcohol consumption. The impact on health-related quality of life was shown to be variable and dependent on how much and how frequently an individual consumes alcohol.

Son, C-H. (2018) ‘Health-related quality of life in consequences from frequency-quantity measures of alcohol consumption patterns’, Int. J. Happiness and Development, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp.236–260.

3 September 2018

International Journal of Autonomic Computing to invite expanded papers from 2nd International Conference on Communication, Devices and Computing for potential publication

Extended versions of papers presented at the 2nd International Conference on Communication, Devices and Computing (14-15 March, 2019, Haldia, India) will be invited for review and potential publication by the International Journal of Autonomic Computing.

Special issue published: "Emerging Pervasive and Ubiquitous Networking"

International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing 29(1/2) 2018
  • Internet of things: a research-oriented introductory
  • Proficient communication between sensor devices using heuristic approaches in IoT environment
  • A novel group ownership proof and transfer scheme for B2B, B2C and C2C transactions
  • Adaptive sink mobility for energy-efficient data collection in grid-based wireless sensor networks
  • Spider monkey optimisation based energy efficient clustering in heterogeneous underwater wireless sensor networks
  • Optimal mobile beacon trajectories for nodes localisation in wireless sensor networks
  • An intelligent routing protocol in VANET
  • Time slotted channel hopping with collision avoidance
  • An adaptive energy efficient flow coverage scheme for mobile crowd sensing in urban streets
  • Security scheme for mobility management in the internet of things
  • Smart vehicles for urban sensing based on content-centric approach
  • CLPS: context-based location privacy scheme for VANETs

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  • How to win innovation races in high-tech industries? An evolutionary optimisation model
  • Smart specialisation in Malta: a bibliometric look at aquaculture
  • Do firm sizes matter for R&D efficiency: evidence for a stochastic metafrontier model
  • Multi-agent architecture for optimal energy management of a smart micro-grid using a weighted hybrid BP-PSO algorithm for wind power prediction
  • The effects of scenario planning on participant perceptions of grief in organisational change

Special issue published: "Advances in Information Security and Networks"

International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking 12(2) 2018
  • Full secure identity-based encryption scheme over lattices for wireless sensor networks in the standard model
  • The fault diagnosis method of RVM based on FOA and improved multi-class classification algorithm
  • Secure data outsourcing scheme in cloud computing with attribute-based encryption
  • An optimisation research on two-dimensional age-replacement interval of two-dimensional products
  • Extensional schemes of multipartite non-interactive key exchange from multilinear maps and their applications
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  • An efficient traceable data sharing scheme in cloud computing for mobile devices
  • Malicious URL detection with feature extraction based on machine learning
  • An efficient symmetric searchable encryption scheme for dynamic dataset in cloud computing paradigms
  • Modelling and coordinating multi-source distributed power system models in service-oriented architecture
  • Outsourcing privacy-preserving ID3 decision tree over horizontally partitioned data for multiple parties

31 August 2018

Research Pick: Managing the UK’s coasts - "Coastal and estuarine management in the UK: review and overview of perspectives"

The United Kingdom is surrounded by the sea. As such its coasts and estuaries are geographically, economically, socially, and militarily important to the nation’s character, infrastructure, growth, and development.

How the UK manages its coasts and estuaries will be critical in the face of a changing political complexion, climate change, socioeconomic upheaval, and of course geological effects such as erosion. Of the UK’s 17,380 kilometre coastline, 3,008 km is suffering erosion and an additional 3,185 km is protected by engineering structures.

“A complex interaction of physical factors (sea-level change, geomorphology, storminess, waves, tides, near shore current) and human factors (land reclamation, river regulation works, unregulated dredging, etc.) are shaping the UK coastline through the dynamic process of erosion and accretion,” researchers explain in the journal Interdisciplinary Environmental Review.

It is important that they have now reviewed coastal and estuarine management practices with a view to feeding back new understanding to the stakeholders.

Oyedotun, T.D.T. (2018) ‘Coastal and estuarine management in the UK: review and overview of perspectives’, Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp.103–110.

30 August 2018

Research Pick: Predicting urban sprawl - "A fuzzy classification model for identification of potential areas of urban sprawl"

The proportion of the global population that lives in towns and cities has risen from one in fifty, two centuries ago, to approximately half of all people today.

This radical shift from rural to urban life is an especially pressing problem for developing nations, such as India, where mega cities with uncontrolled, unauthorised, uncoordinated, and unplanned urban growth – urban sprawl – are discovering serious health and safety problems for their citizens in terms of infrastructure demands, traffic and other pollution, and waste and sewage disposal, as well as the obvious pressures of increased population density and demands on food, water, and other resources.

A team from India is now using a fuzzy classification model to help identify areas that might succumb to problematic urban sprawl. They have tested their model with satellite imagery of the city of Jaipur and demonstrated that critically it can distinguish between urban and semi-urban areas and how urban sprawl is emerging.

Sisodia, P.S., Shekhawat, R.S. and Tiwari, V. (2018) ‘A fuzzy classification model for identification of potential areas of urban sprawl’, Int. J. Society Systems Science, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp.171–181.

29 August 2018

Special issue published: "Developments and Issues in Medical Imaging"

International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology 27(4) 2018
  • Region-based seed point cell segmentation and detection for biomedical image analysis
  • Rapid estimation of object movements in magnetic induction tomography
  • Domain-specific approach for segmentation of nucleus-cytoplasm in bone cancer histopathology for malignancy analysis
  • A new neural network method for peripheral vestibular disorder recognition using VNG parameter optimisation
  • PET image reconstruction based on Bayesian inference regularised maximum likelihood expectation maximisation (MLEM) method

Special issue published: "Enterprise Information Systems"

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management 11(3) 2018
  • Application of reconfigurable machine tools in the capacity control of job shop systems
  • Towards the measurement of enterprise information systems agility to support EIS improving projects
  • Heuristic and fuzzy scheduling synergy with knowledge acquisition of resource selection system development for home healthcare service
  • ICT enabled collaborative e-health for cleft lip/palate treatment

Research Pick: Puffed up rice - "Study on the preparation and properties of puffing glutinous rice starch"

Researchers in China have developed a new method for “puffing” glutinous rice starch which produces a material with a water-absorbing nanotextured surface that might be exploited in oral pharmaceutical delivery and alternatively in the adhesives industry.

Glutinous rice starch is a well-known natural biopolymer widely used in the food industry as a raw material for cakes, dumplings, rice glue balls, and other food products. Its chemical character might readily be exploited in a range of environmentally benign and biodegradable non-food products, thanks to this new work.

Zhang, J-l., Yang, K. and Zhai, G-y. (2018) ‘Study on the preparation and properties of puffing glutinous rice starch’, Int. J. Nanomanufacturing, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp.219–231.

28 August 2018

Special issue published: "Decision Support Models and Applications"

International Journal of Decision Support Systems 3(1/2) 2018
  • An agent-based model to explore urban policies, pedestrian behaviour and walkability
  • Development of a decision support tool for analysing the avian conservation measures in semi-arid region
  • Decision support systems and strategic planning: information technology and SMEs' performance
  • A multi-criteria-based ranking of Greek construction companies listed in Athens Stock Exchange using investment ratios
  • An intelligent decision support system for managing natural and man-made disasters
Additional papers
  • A tradeoff analysis between socio-economic efficiency and environmental performance of irrigated agriculture
  • Service quality assessment in retail industry: some evidence from supermarkets in Greece

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  • An efficient and refined minimum spanning tree approach for large water distribution system
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  • Resource levelling using genetic algorithms for a power plant boiler construction project
  • Development and use of a model for the investigation of energy and emission aspects on the Athens-Thessaloniki rail intermodal freight transport
  • Risk assessment of ship-to-ship transfer operations based on stochastic criteria evaluation and intervally scaled importance weights
  • Evaluating the performance of a merge supply network with supplier interruptions
  • Balancing setup workers' load of flexible job shop scheduling using hybrid genetic algorithm with tabu search strategy
  • Occupational health and safety within corporate social responsibility context: a balanced scorecard dynamic decision making model
  • Critical success factors in the TBL concept of sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Optimal trading strategy under linear-percentage temporary impact price dynamics with conditional value-at-risk as timing risk measure
  • Nash type games in competitive facilities location

Themed Issue on: "Management Innovation In SMEs"

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 35(1) 2018
  • Integrated software deployment and management innovation: a bricolage perspective
  • The generation of management innovation in microentreprises: absorptive capacity and entrepreneur-CPA relationship
  • The concept of management innovation: definition, state of the art and future research avenues
  • Categorising the internationalisation of SMEs with social network analysis
  • Entrepreneurship: an insomniac discipline? An empirical study on SME owners/directors
  • Understanding the international strategic alliances of SMEs: a case-study approach
  • Growth constraints and management consulting: the case of SMEs in peripheral regions