15 July 2024

Supply chains under pressure

Recent upheavals in the global market have put supply chains under immense pressure and the logistics and road transportation sectors are struggling to keep apace with geopolitical tensions, rampant inflation, and the rising demand for sustainability as well as many other issues. Rising energy costs and a shortage of qualified drivers are also adding to the burden. Research in the International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering has looked at the potential for Horizontal Logistics Collaboration to overcome many of the problems.

Taher Ahmadi, Jack A.A. van der Veen, and V. Venugopal of the Nyenrode Business Universiteit in Breukelen, The Netherlands, and Mehdi A. Kamran of the German University of Technology in Oman, Muscat, Oman, discuss how HLC involves different companies combining their transportation or logistics activities to mutual benefit in the face of the afore-mentioned growing challenges. This strategy aims to enhance economic, social, and environmental outcomes by optimizing the use of vehicles and so reduce transportation costs as well as carbon emissions.

However, while the theoretical benefits of HLC are well-documented, practical implementation has not lived up to expectations, the work suggests. The main obstacle is a lack of understanding regarding the hidden coordination costs, particularly those associated with inventory and warehousing.

The new study has investigated the complexities of HLC and developed a quantitative model of two supply chains. Each supply chain includes a single buyer and supplier situated in different regions. The model then compares and contrasts two scenarios: a standalone case in which each buyer manages transportation independently, and a second HLC scenario wherein the buyers coordinate inventory replenishments and deliveries using shared transport vehicles.

The team found that while the HLC scenario did reduce transportation costs and carbon emissions, it also introduced a downside in terms of higher warehousing costs. This increase stemmed from the need for synchronized, but less-than-optimal, ordering frequencies. The extra warehousing costs could negate the benefits of HLC as well as adding a layer of complexity to the decision-making process for companies considering this collaborative approach.

Nevertheless, the study shows just how important it is to evaluate the total costs for transportation and warehousing, rather than simply focusing on the potential transportation savings. Of course, there may well be ways to optimize such an approach and make it work better for all parties involved. If collaborating parties can mesh more effectively in terms of geographic proximity and order frequency, then they might gain all the pros with much-reduced cons of HLC.

Ahmadi, T., van der Veen, J.A.A., Venugopal, V. and Kamran, M.A. (2024) ‘Conditions for viable horizontal collaborative transport: insights from a stylised model’, Int. J. Industrial and Systems Engineering, Vol. 47, No. 5, pp.1–35.

Electronic Government indexed by Clarivate's Emerging Sources Citation Index

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14 July 2024

Special issue published: "AI Aided Smart Big Data Applications"

International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics 28(3/4) 2024

  • Digital architectural decoration design and production based on computer image
  • Evaluation on stock market forecasting framework for AI and embedded real-time system
  • Design of data mining system for sports training biochemical indicators based on artificial intelligence and association rules
  • Application of digital twin virtual design and BIM technology in intelligent building image processing
  • Urban public space environment design based on intelligent algorithm and fuzzy control
  • Research on low voltage current transformer power measurement technology in the context of cloud computing
  • Application of AI intelligent technology in natural resource planning and management
  • Computer aided translation technology based on edge computing intelligent algorithm
  • Design of an intelligent financial sharing platform driven by digital economy and its role in optimising accounting transformation production
  • Educational countermeasures of different learners in virtual learning community based on artificial intelligence
  • Dual network control system for bottom hole throttling pressure control based on RBF with big data computing
  • Natural language processing-based machine learning psychological emotion analysis method
  • An empirical study on construction emergency disaster management and risk assessment in shield tunnel construction project with big data analysis
  • Design of intelligent financial sharing platform driven by consensus mechanism under mobile edge computing and accounting transformation
  • Human resource management and organisation decision optimisation based on data mining
  • Access controllable multi-blockchain platform for enterprise R&D data management
  • Integrating big data collaboration models: advancements in health security and infectious disease early warning systems

Free Open Access article available: "Middle managers' practices during organisational restructuring: coping or copping out?"

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Special issue published: "Personalising Learning in Mobile and Ubiquitous Environments" (includes Open Access article)

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation 18(3) 2024

  • A comparison of a computerised adaptive test for mathematics instruction with the classical test
  • Ubiquitous teaching design and implementation of open education based on the OMO model: a case study of a software engineering course
  • Investigating students' perceptions of the use of a multifunctional mobile-based virtual reality application for English/Chinese interpreting learning
  • Transformation of workplace learning after the pandemic in Indonesia: middle-aged employees' experiences
  • Students' approaches to learning from physical to online environments: an assessment with exploratory factor analysis
  • Mobile application that integrates challenge-based learning with a chatbot to encourage innovation in university students [OPEN ACCESS]
  • Virtual educational environments: an investigation into interactive immersive learning in higher education

Free Open Access article available: "When the going gets tougher: international assignments, external shocks and the factor of gender"

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13 July 2024

Special issue published: "Edge Computing in Business Intelligence and Data Mining"

International Journal of Business Intelligence and Data Mining 25(1) 2024

  • The application of machine learning in real estate enterprise risk management
  • Innovative model of real estate financing based on internet of things thinking
  • Information accuracy verification system of invoice metadata based on data warehouse
  • Design and application of a new massive open online training platform
  • Visual analysis of financial big data based on data centre
  • Safety assurance mechanism of athletes in ice and snow sports based on edge computing
  • Intelligent construction project management schedule technology based on internet of things computing
  • Identification of enterprise financial risk based on logistics model
  • Application of artificial intelligence technology in electronic information security protection system

Free Open Access article available: "Advanced techniques in profiling cryptocurrency influencers: a review"

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Special issue published: "Sustainable Finance, Governance and Business Ethics"

International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics 18(4/5) 2024

  • Investment in ESG activities and bank performance: does bank ownership matter?
  • CSR investment and operating and financial leverage under competitive pressure
  • Do CEO debt-like compensations promote investment efficiency?
  • Financial expert CEOs and corporate social responsibility decoupling
  • Cost-benefit analysis economic evaluation of CSR projects: evidence from Morocco
  • The effect of corporate social responsibility on European bank credit ratings
  • ESG dimensions, firm performance and corporate governance systems
  • Politically connected CEOs and risk-taking behaviour: comparative evidence from private and foreign-owned banks in China
  • Moving towards sustainable waste management: a critical analysis of corporate governance
  • Stock market integration in emerging markets in the spectre of the global financial crisis
  • Corporate social responsibility and debt maturity: the moderating role of CSR reporting quality

Free Open Access article available: "The impact and effect of government interventions on business ecosystems: a case study of the Nigerian music ecosystem"

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Special issue published: "Innovation and Sustainability in Industrial Latin American Contexts"

International Journal of Business Environment 15(3/4) 2024

  • Barriers affects application of lean practices and financial performance in Mexican manufacturing SMEs
  • Limits of open innovation: bridging boundaries between technological and non-technological innovation
  • Eco-innovation drivers really improve firm performance? Sustainable performance mediating role in Mexican automotive industry
  • Innovation in KIBS firms: the effects of innovation activities, employees' level of education, and the sources in the supply chain
  • Innovation in strategic planning through fuzzy methodologies: a study of the industrial context of Bogota, Colombia during COVID-19
  • Technological learning in natural resources-based activities: the role of idiosyncratic knowledge and knowledge intensive business services
  • The B2B relationship in industrial companies from the position of hidden champions: knowledge-intensive services for small business
  • Exploring the influence of digitalisation on the formalisation process of informal businesses: a comparative strategic management in China and Peru
  • Green management, perceived barriers to sustainability, and innovation performance in Latin American SMEs
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  • The impact of marketing signals on the performance of foreign subsidiaries in the COVID-19 pandemic

12 July 2024

Research pick: Shedding light on deepfake detection - "Deepfake detection and localisation based on illumination inconsistency"

The emergence of so-called deepfake technology, which commonly involves the generation of fake images, video, and sound that seem so authentic as to confuse even expert viewers and listeners is at the point where it can influence important aspects of our lives, such as politics, finance, and beyond. This new era of deception sees sophisticated image and video forgeries making the headlines. Often these deepfakes are identified quickly, but sometimes the damage may well already be done once the deepfakes are called out, especially given the rate in which videos and other digital media can go viral on social media.

Digital manipulations that alter or completely synthesize faces, have become alarmingly convincing, contributing to fake news and eroding public trust in digital media. Research in the International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems has led to a new approach that spots illumination inconsistencies within images and so can identify whether a video or photograph is a deepfake.

According to Fei Gu, Yunshu Dai, Jianwei Fei, and Xianyi Chen of Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology in Nanjing, China, deepfakes, which can be classified into four main types: identity swaps, expression swaps, attribute manipulations, and entire face synthesis. Each poses different threats and risk to. Identity swaps, where one person’s face is replaced with another’s, and expression swaps, which transfer facial expressions from one individual to another, are particularly worrying. Deepfakes can cause serious harm to the reputation and perception of the individuals or groups that are being deepfaked.

The usual approach to deepfake detection is to take a binary classification approach. However, the conventional approach can fail if the video or images are highly compressed or of poor quality. Compression and quality can obfuscate facial features and reduce the trust in deepfake detection.

Even expert deepfakers can falter when it comes to getting the lighting matched perfectly between altered and unaltered regions in an image or video. It is this issue that Gu and colleagues have focused on in their detection method, which uses a neural network to spot illumination discrepancies.

Gu, F., Dai, Y., Fei, J. and Chen, X. (2024) ‘Deepfake detection and localisation based on illumination inconsistency’, Int. J. Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp.352–368.

Free Open Access article available: "Mobile application that integrates challenge-based learning with a chatbot to encourage innovation in university students"

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Free Open Access article available: "Recursive quantitative analysis modelling of computer art design interaction"

The following paper, "Recursive quantitative analysis modelling of computer art design interaction" (International Journal of Computational Systems Engineering 8(5) 2024), is freely available for download as an open access article.

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Special issue published: "Internet of Things and Big Data on Industrial Production and Operation Applications"

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management 38(4/5) 2024

  • Economic investment risk prediction model and algorithm based on data mining method
  • Image dehazing network based on improved convolutional neural network
  • Design of computer image automatic processing system based on artificial intelligence algorithm
  • Fuzzy system for image defect detection based on machine vision
  • Pre-settlement audit in project cost management based on cloud computing
  • Automatic human face recognition system of image processing based on BP neural network paradigm
  • Simulation of EPC consortium partnership stability and data based on prospect theory
  • Investigation on security management risk assessment of accounting resource sharing under internet of things big data technology

Free Open Access article available: "Pursuing diversity in disaster management: the Korean experience"

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11 July 2024

Special issue published: "Recent Trends in Historic Masonry Building Assessment: Principles, Models, Methods, and Practices – Part 2"

International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation 9(4) 2024

  • Experimental investigation of the horizontal load orientation on masonry corner failure
  • Consolidation of historic buildings damaged by settlements with composite materials
  • Motion magnification technique for the monitoring of masonry structures
  • The detect-ageing prototype building, a benchmark for structural health monitoring of masonry structures
  • Garisenda Tower in Bologna (Italy): structural assessment and numerical simulation
  • FE modelling for the nonlinear dynamics of a historic tower in Central Italy
  • Sensitivity to uncertainties in the dynamic response of masonry arches
  • Damage assessment of Apennine masonry churches severely damaged during the 2016 Central Italy seismic sequence

Free Open Access article available: "The impact of project management maturity on the choice of SME growth strategies: the case of Kazakhstan"

The following paper, "The impact of project management maturity on the choice of SME growth strategies: the case of Kazakhstan" (International Journal of Business Innovation and Research 34(5) 2024), is freely available for download as an open access article.

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Special issue published: "Information Systems Innovation for Business: Change, Growth and Management"

International Journal of Information Technology and Management 23(3/4) 2024

  • Study on marketing strategy innovation of mobile payment service under internet environment
  • An evaluation of customer trust in e-commerce market based on entropy weight analytic hierarchy process
  • Research on fast mining of enterprise marketing investment databased on improved association rules
  • A data mining method based on label mapping for long-term and short-term browsing behaviour of network users
  • Student's classroom behaviour recognition method based on abstract hidden Markov model
  • Risk assessment method of power grid construction project investment based on grey relational analysis
  • Evaluation method of cross-border e-commerce supply chain innovation mode based on blockchain technology
  • Online allocation of teaching resources for ideological and political courses in colleges and universities based on differential search algorithm
  • Research on evaluation method of e-commerce platform customer relationship based on decision tree algorithm
  • A risk identification method for abnormal accounting data based on weighted random forest
  • The performance evaluation of teaching reform based on hierarchical multi-task deep learning
  • Quantitative evaluation method of ideological and political teaching achievements based on collaborative filtering algorithm
  • Research on construction of police online teaching platform based on blockchain and IPFS technology
  • An evaluation of English distance information teaching quality based on decision tree classification algorithm

Research pick: Restructuring middle managers - "Middle managers’ practices during organisational restructuring: coping or copping out?"

Middle managers play an important role in an organisation undergoing structural change. They are the ones who must implement the changes, but conversely as employees they will be subject to the very changes they put in place. This can often put them in a place of conflicting demands, where they must manage their own stress and uncertainty while carrying out new directives that will affect their colleagues and subordinates.

A study in the International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion has taken a major bank as a case study in order to look at how middle managers might cope with this stress during corporate restructuring and what strategies they might use to overcome the stress and find their way around the many challenges.

Pravitha Jogie, Annemarie Davis, and Catherine Le Roux of the Department of Business Management at the University of South Africa in the City of Tshwane suggest that middle managers generally respond to corporate restructuring in one of two ways. They either cope or they “cop out” and evade the responsibilities placed on them in some way. The team explains that coping usually involves proactive strategies such as positive reframing, where managers view themselves as agents of change and engage with the process. Positive reframing allows middle managers to perceive restructuring as an opportunity for growth and improvement. By contrast, “copping out” refers to disengagement and withdrawal behaviour, such as territorialism, where the middle manager protects their own interests and is perhaps involved in spreading rumours, all of which can disrupt the restructuring process but also provide something of a psychological escape route for the managers who engage in such behaviour.

The business environment has always been marked by constant change where globalization, economic fluctuations, technological advancements, and international crises affect the way a company operates and its bottom line. The team explains that the financial services sector faces particularly intense competition, regulatory changes, and digital transformation. These factors have led to frequent organizational restructuring for many companies, which puts pressure on the middle managers to interpret, communicate, and implement new structures and strategies.

The research suggests that it is obviously better that middle managers cope rather than cop out, and points to the learning of new skills and networking with peers and mentors as being useful tools to help in this regard. They even suggest that engaging in hobbies or other “extracurricular” activities might be useful coping mechanisms. It is possible then for a manager to maintain a sense of control and purpose, as this is essential for their mental well-being and their productivity in the workplace, as well as ensuring the same for colleagues and subordinates.

However, the research often showed the converse. Middle managers might become withdrawn and disengage from the task at hand. This was especially common among managers who felt powerless or unsupported, indicating a need for organisations to foster a supportive environment to ensure smooth restructuring when this is needed.

Jogie, P., Davis, A. and Le Roux, C. (2024) ‘Middle managers’ practices during organisational restructuring: coping or copping out?’, Int. J. Work Organisation and Emotion, Vol. 15, No. 5, pp.1–21.

10 July 2024

Free Open Access article available: "Revisiting Walter Bradford Cannon's 100-year-old fight-or-flight concept"

The following paper, "Revisiting Walter Bradford Cannon's 100-year-old fight-or-flight concept" (International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy 17(5) 2024), is freely available for download as an open access article.

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Free Open Access article available: "The chatbot artificial intelligence as the alternative customer services strategic to improve the customer relationship management in real-time responses"

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It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

Special issue published: "AI Aided Smart Big Data Applications"

International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics 28(3/4) 2024

  • Digital architectural decoration design and production based on computer image
  • Evaluation on stock market forecasting framework for AI and embedded real-time system
  • Design of data mining system for sports training biochemical indicators based on artificial intelligence and association rules
  • Application of digital twin virtual design and BIM technology in intelligent building image processing
  • Urban public space environment design based on intelligent algorithm and fuzzy control
  • Research on low voltage current transformer power measurement technology in the context of cloud computing
  • Application of AI intelligent technology in natural resource planning and management
  • Computer aided translation technology based on edge computing intelligent algorithm
  • Design of an intelligent financial sharing platform driven by digital economy and its role in optimising accounting transformation production
  • Educational countermeasures of different learners in virtual learning community based on artificial intelligence
  • Dual network control system for bottom hole throttling pressure control based on RBF with big data computing
  • Natural language processing-based machine learning psychological emotion analysis method
  • An empirical study on construction emergency disaster management and risk assessment in shield tunnel construction project with big data analysis
  • Design of intelligent financial sharing platform driven by consensus mechanism under mobile edge computing and accounting transformation
  • Human resource management and organisation decision optimisation based on data mining
  • Access controllable multi-blockchain platform for enterprise R&D data management
  • Integrating big data collaboration models: advancements in health security and infectious disease early warning systems

Research pick: Modelling a right royal butterfly effect - "Three-dimensional flow evaluation of monarch butterfly wing"

The Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, is renowned for its striking appearance and perhaps even more than that, its remarkable long-distance migration. The population present in North America heads south each year in the late-summer, early autumn, travelling thousands of miles to its wintering grounds. The prowess of these magnificent butterflies as natural aviators is beyond doubt. Unlike almost every other species of butterfly, Monarchs do not have coupled forewings and hindwings. This gives them unique flight stability and manoeuvrability that allows them to generate great lift and navigate efficiently, even at low speeds and high angles of attack.

Research in Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, An International Journal, has investigated the aerodynamics of the Monarch Butterfly. The work provides new insights into the species itself but also points to the potential for non-fixed wing micro-aerial vehicles (MAVs). Fadile Yudum Comez and Dilek Funda Kurtulus of the Middle East Technical University, and Nevsan Sengil of the University of Turkish Aeronautical Association in Ankara, Turkey, have used a model of the butterfly’s wings to investigate the flow field around fully opened forewings at various angles of attack. With this study, the team hoped to understand the complex aerodynamic phenomena that allow these butterflies to fly so well.

The researchers used computational fluid dynamics simulations, including unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes simulations, to analyse the airflow around the model of the Monarch’s rigid wings. An important finding from the study was the recognition of significant differences in the aerodynamic performance in smooth (laminar) or turbulent flow models, particularly at higher angles of attack. They showed that the maximum lift-to-drag ratio was achieved at an angle of 30 degrees, but the wings “stall” at 40 degrees. Such insights will be useful in designing and developing micro-aerial vehicles that might mimic Monarchs. Such flying machines may well one day be magnificent, but the designs will have to be able to copy with unsteady aerodynamic effects.

Comez, F.Y., Sengil, N. and Kurtulus, D.F. (2024) ‘Three-dimensional flow evaluation of monarch butterfly wing’, Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Vol. 24, No. 4, pp.191–203.

Free Open Access article available: "Exploring publication trends in accounting information systems and identifying research positions in Indonesia: a bibliometric analysis"

The following paper, "Exploring publication trends in accounting information systems and identifying research positions in Indonesia: a bibliometric analysis" (International Journal of Economics and Business Research 27(5) 2024), is freely available for download as an open access article.

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Special issue published: "Personalising Learning in Mobile and Ubiquitous Environments" (includes Open Access article)

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation 18(3) 2024

  • A comparison of a computerised adaptive test for mathematics instruction with the classical test
  • Ubiquitous teaching design and implementation of open education based on the OMO model: a case study of a software engineering course
  • Investigating students' perceptions of the use of a multifunctional mobile-based virtual reality application for English/Chinese interpreting learning
  • Transformation of workplace learning after the pandemic in Indonesia: middle-aged employees' experiences
  • Students' approaches to learning from physical to online environments: an assessment with exploratory factor analysis
  • Mobile application that integrates challenge-based learning with a chatbot to encourage innovation in university students [OPEN ACCESS]
  • Virtual educational environments: an investigation into interactive immersive learning in higher education

9 July 2024

Free Open Access article available: "Challenges of person-organisation fit in (post)pandemic times: a comparative study in the service sector under the aspect of digitisation and alienation"

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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage are now available here for free:
  • The minimisation of giveaway and underweight in poultry proportioning process
  • The interplay of technical and human lean practices in enhancing operational performance: evidence from Yemeni SMEs
  • PMDECS approach of red bin analysis – the art of problem solving in manufacturing industry
  • A Six Sigma and DEA approach for learning outcomes assessment at industrial engineering programs

Special issue published: "Edge Computing in Business Intelligence and Data Mining"

International Journal of Business Intelligence and Data Mining 25(1) 2024

  • The application of machine learning in real estate enterprise risk management
  • Innovative model of real estate financing based on internet of things thinking
  • Information accuracy verification system of invoice metadata based on data warehouse
  • Design and application of a new massive open online training platform
  • Visual analysis of financial big data based on data centre
  • Safety assurance mechanism of athletes in ice and snow sports based on edge computing
  • Intelligent construction project management schedule technology based on internet of things computing
  • Identification of enterprise financial risk based on logistics model
  • Application of artificial intelligence technology in electronic information security protection system

Research pick: Chatbot bridges educational gap - "Mobile application that integrates challenge-based learning with a chatbot to encourage innovation in university students"

Research in the International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation has investigated how the preparedness of university students and graduates for the complexities of the job market might be improved. A software application that integrates challenge-based learning (CBL) with a personalized chatbot is introduced and the benefits discussed. The findings suggest that this innovative approach might well address some of the longstanding issues associated with conventional education and how to equip students with both the technical knowledge and the soft skills required in the world of work.

Andrea Sofia Cornejo Paredes, Alexander Acuña Ramírez, Beatrice Cueva Medina, Aremi Isabel Paja Medina, José David Esquicha Tejada, and José Alfredo Sulla-Torres of the Universidad Católica de Santa María in Arequipa, Perú, explain that challenge-based learning, CBL, is a learner-centric educational tool that focuses on solving real-world problems and conducting research that contributes to societal development. The approach contrasts with conventional learning methods, which often prioritize theoretical knowledge over practical applications. By focusing on real-world challenges, CBL can be used to help learners develop critical skills such as teamwork, effective communication, and problem-solving.

In the present work, the team has developed software, a mobile application, or app, using agile methodologies including the open workbench Scrum and a lean startup approach. These prioritize iterative development, user feedback, and minimal wasted resources, so that the final product meets user needs most efficiently. The app facilitates the publication and management of both academic and business challenges, providing a dynamic platform for students to apply their theoretical knowledge in practical scenarios.

One of the main features of this application is its integration of a personalized chatbot. This AI-driven assistant supports students by answering queries related to CBL, so improving their understanding and effective use of the learning approach itself. The chatbot can offer immediate, tailored responses so that the learners receive the help they need precisely when they need it, making the learning process more efficient and engaging.

Cornejo Paredes, A.S., Acuña Ramírez, A., Cueva Medina, B., Paja Medina, A.I., Esquicha Tejada, J.D. and Sulla-Torres, J.A. (2024) ‘Mobile application that integrates challenge-based learning with a chatbot to encourage innovation in university students’, Int. J. Mobile Learning and Organisation, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp.363–380.

Free Open Access article available: "Consultation and central public administration in Hungary"

The following paper, "Consultation and central public administration in Hungary" (International Journal of Public Law and Policy 10(3) 2024), is freely available for download as an open access article.

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Special issue published: "Sustainable Finance, Governance and Business Ethics"

International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics 18(4/5) 2024

  • Investment in ESG activities and bank performance: does bank ownership matter?
  • CSR investment and operating and financial leverage under competitive pressure
  • Do CEO debt-like compensations promote investment efficiency?
  • Financial expert CEOs and corporate social responsibility decoupling
  • Cost-benefit analysis economic evaluation of CSR projects: evidence from Morocco
  • The effect of corporate social responsibility on European bank credit ratings
  • ESG dimensions, firm performance and corporate governance systems
  • Politically connected CEOs and risk-taking behaviour: comparative evidence from private and foreign-owned banks in China
  • Moving towards sustainable waste management: a critical analysis of corporate governance
  • Stock market integration in emerging markets in the spectre of the global financial crisis
  • Corporate social responsibility and debt maturity: the moderating role of CSR reporting quality

8 July 2024

Special Issue on: Innovation and Sustainability in Industrial Latin American Contexts

International Journal of Business Environment 15(3/4) 2024

  • Barriers affects application of lean practices and financial performance in Mexican manufacturing SMEs
  • Limits of open innovation: bridging boundaries between technological and non-technological innovation
  • Eco-innovation drivers really improve firm performance? Sustainable performance mediating role in Mexican automotive industry
  • Innovation in KIBS firms: the effects of innovation activities, employees' level of education, and the sources in the supply chain
  • Innovation in strategic planning through fuzzy methodologies: a study of the industrial context of Bogota, Colombia during COVID-19
  • Technological learning in natural resources-based activities: the role of idiosyncratic knowledge and knowledge intensive business services
  • The B2B relationship in industrial companies from the position of hidden champions: knowledge-intensive services for small business
  • Exploring the influence of digitalisation on the formalisation process of informal businesses: a comparative strategic management in China and Peru
  • Green management, perceived barriers to sustainability, and innovation performance in Latin American SMEs
  • The impact of marketing signals on the performance of foreign subsidiaries in the COVID-19 pandemic

Special issue published: "Internet of Things and Big Data on Industrial Production and Operation Applications"

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management 38(4/5) 2024

  • Economic investment risk prediction model and algorithm based on data mining method
  • Image dehazing network based on improved convolutional neural network
  • Design of computer image automatic processing system based on artificial intelligence algorithm
  • Fuzzy system for image defect detection based on machine vision
  • Pre-settlement audit in project cost management based on cloud computing
  • Automatic human face recognition system of image processing based on BP neural network paradigm
  • Simulation of EPC consortium partnership stability and data based on prospect theory
  • Investigation on security management risk assessment of accounting resource sharing under internet of things big data technology

Free Open Access article available: "Kunta.live - a tool for participatory decision-making in local governments"

The following paper, "Kunta.live - a tool for participatory decision-making in local governments" (Electronic Government, an International Journal 20(4) 2024), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

Special issue published: "Information Systems Innovation for Business: Change, Growth and Management"

International Journal of Information Technology and Management 23(3/4) 2024

  • Study on marketing strategy innovation of mobile payment service under internet environment
  • An evaluation of customer trust in e-commerce market based on entropy weight analytic hierarchy process
  • Research on fast mining of enterprise marketing investment databased on improved association rules
  • A data mining method based on label mapping for long-term and short-term browsing behaviour of network users
  • Student's classroom behaviour recognition method based on abstract hidden Markov model
  • Risk assessment method of power grid construction project investment based on grey relational analysis
  • Evaluation method of cross-border e-commerce supply chain innovation mode based on blockchain technology
  • Online allocation of teaching resources for ideological and political courses in colleges and universities based on differential search algorithm
  • Research on evaluation method of e-commerce platform customer relationship based on decision tree algorithm
  • A risk identification method for abnormal accounting data based on weighted random forest
  • The performance evaluation of teaching reform based on hierarchical multi-task deep learning
  • Quantitative evaluation method of ideological and political teaching achievements based on collaborative filtering algorithm
  • Research on construction of police online teaching platform based on blockchain and IPFS technology
  • An evaluation of English distance information teaching quality based on decision tree classification algorithm

5 July 2024

Free Open Access article available: "Women entrepreneurship: the role of education, national culture, and various supports"

The following paper, "Women entrepreneurship: the role of education, national culture, and various supports" (International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets 16(3) 2024), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

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

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design are now available here for free:
  • A review on speech organ diseases and cancer detection using artificial intelligence
  • Generation of 2D-QSAR and pharmacophore models for fishing better anti-leishmanial therapeutics
  • Random forest with SMOTE and ensemble feature selection for cervical cancer diagnosis
  • In silico phytochemical repurposing of natural molecules as entry inhibitors against RBD of the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 using molecular docking studies

Research pick: You’ve got to laugh - "Examining the role of workplace humour in stimulating innovative work behaviour – an empirical investigation using structural equation modelling"

Business environments that foster innovative work behaviour can become more competitive. If employees can introduce new ideas, processes, and solutions, then the company can thrive. An intriguing, yet little explored, factor that can significantly influence this is discussed in the International Journal of Work Innovation – workplace humour.

A. Rajeswari and Pulidindi Venugopal of the Vellore Institute of Technology in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India, discuss how workplace humour, often seen as merely a source of entertainment, can have a greater significance in terms of employee attitudes, motivation, and overall work dynamics. The team has looked at the relationship between positive humour and innovative work behaviour, having surveyed 236 information technology (IT) employees. They found a positive association using Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modelling to analyse the results of their survey. The work suggests that a workplace culture encouraging humour might improve innovative behaviour among employees and ultimately improve the company’s bottom line.

Humour as a way to tighten social bonds among employees, reduce stress, and even improve overall well-being has been noted in earlier studies. The benefits lead to greater job satisfaction, improved communication among colleagues, and better performance. There are additional benefits in terms of improved group cohesion, higher employee engagement, and reduced numbers of employees suffering burnout.

It is important that any company hoping to harness the power of humour should ensure it promotes positive, constructive humour that enhances well-being and creativity. There are various strategies that a company might use such as encouraging light-hearted interactions, celebrating successes with humour, and creating opportunities for employees to share amusing experiences.

Leadership thus plays an important role in setting the tone for humour in the workplace. Managers who are role models for positive humour can create an environment where employees feel safe to express themselves creatively and engage more deeply with their work. This top-down approach can ensure that humour is part of the organizational ethos and so cultivate an environment where a cohesive and happy workforce can grow and innovate to the benefit of both employee and employer.

Rajeswari, A. and Venugopal, P. (2024) ‘Examining the role of workplace humour in stimulating innovative work behaviour – an empirical investigation using structural equation modelling’, Int. J. Work Innovation, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp.226–243.

New Clarivate Web of Science impact factors for Inderscience journals

Clarivate has recently released its latest impact factors, and Inderscience's Editorial Office is pleased to report that many Inderscience journals have increased their impact factors, particularly the European Journal of Industrial Engineering, International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, International Journal of Applied Pattern Recognition and International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics.

Impact factors are displayed on all indexed journals' homepages. We congratulate all the editors, board members, reviewers and authors who have contributed to these latest indexing achievements.

4 July 2024

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Biomedical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Biomedical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology are now available here for free:
  • The pH role about synthesis, distribution and potential applications of gold nanoparticles
  • Modelling of transport properties of graphene field-effect transistor for sensor application
  • Preparation and characterisation of nanofibres from bio cellulose and neem-AgNP bio composites for wound healing
  • Different strategies to synthesise gold nanoparticles and their applications
  • Ameliorative effects of selenium nanoparticles on letrozole induced polycystic ovarian syndrome in adult rats
  • Recent advances in chemical functionalisation of graphene and sensing applications

Research pick: Education empowers entrepreneurs - "Women entrepreneurship: the role of education, national culture, and various supports"

Education and financial support are critical to whether or not women become entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, according to research in the International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets. The same study, which surveyed more than 350 female entrepreneurs, also suggests that government, social support, and national culture do not substantially influence a woman’s decision to pursue entrepreneurship.

Md. Shahadat Hossain of the Universiti Putra Malaysia, Weng Marc Lim of Sunway University both in Selangor, Malaysia, and Md Asadul Islam of BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, discuss how the global rise of female entrepreneurship is an important trend. It has been driven by technological advancements that have democratized access to business opportunities. Digital platforms have made it easier and safer for women to engage in entrepreneurial activities, facilitating online sales and other business operations. This is particularly apparent in developing nations. However, despite the progress, women entrepreneurs continue to face significant challenges associated with caregiving responsibilities, a lack of family support, and barriers across society.

The team suggests that understanding the motivations of female entrepreneurs is important to improving access to business and support. It will help in increasing the number of women entering the entrepreneurial space, provide support for those already engaged in entrepreneurial activities, and boost the potential of female entrepreneurship.

Education equips women with the knowledge and skills for starting and running their own businesses. An improved understanding of the impact of education can help fill knowledge gaps and guide both educators and policymakers. Financial support, which includes access to funding for business start-up and growth, is also a critical factor in whether women choose to start a business. There is perhaps now a need for better financial interventions to foster female entrepreneurship.

The researchers suggest that the work could have far-reaching implications, particularly in developing nations and in collectivist societies, such as Bangladesh, where traditional support mechanisms may be less effective. There is a need to empower women through education and financial resources more effectively and to move away from relying on somewhat lacking government support structures as well as surmounting social barriers.

Hossain, M.S., Lim, W.M. and Islam, M.A. (2024) ‘Women entrepreneurship: the role of education, national culture, and various supports’, Int. J. Business and Emerging Markets, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp.429–452.

Free Open Access article available: "Knowledge of declared behaviour: effect of attitude and intention"

The following paper, "Knowledge of declared behaviour: effect of attitude and intention" (International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development 14(2) 2024), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

New Scopus CiteScores for Inderscience journals

Scopus has now released its 2023 CiteScores. Inderscience's Editorial Office is pleased to report that many Inderscience journals have improved their CiteScores, particularly the following titles:

3 July 2024

Free Open Access article available: "Enhancing portfolio risk management: a comparative study of parametric, non-parametric, and Monte Carlo methods, with VaR and percentile ranking"

The following paper, "Enhancing portfolio risk management: a comparative study of parametric, non-parametric, and Monte Carlo methods, with VaR and percentile ranking" (International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets 16(3) 2024), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

Special issue published: "Recent Advances of Quality, Reliability, Risk, Maintenance and Safety Engineering"

International Journal of Reliability and Safety 2024 Vol.18 No.2

  • Research on crack propagation of aircraft engine blades based on multi-physics field coupling and modal frequencies
  • An NPV analysis of opportunity-based age replacement model
  • Condition-based maintenance plan for multi-state systems using reinforcement learning
  • Railway track fault detection using optimised convolution neural network
  • Reliability analysis of discrete model by continuous model: fluidisation approaches
  • Influence of investment on failure rate in power distribution systems based on the value of assets

Research pick: Mind the curriculum gap - "Bridging the gap between academia and industry: a case study of collaborative curriculum development"

Aligning curricula with industry need has long been recognized as an important factor in making academic courses relevant to the job market. One effective approach involves educators collaborating with industry stakeholders to help shape the academic programs offered. Such collaboration leads to knowledge exchange and potentially an improved social impact of the education system in areas relevant to industry. Such an approach can help equip students with practical skills and knowledge that will be valued by potential employers

Research in the International Journal of Business Performance Management looks at one method of aligning higher education curricula with industry requirements through an industry-driven curriculum framework. Tamilselvan Mahalingam of the Higher Colleges of Technology, Dubai Men’s Campus in Dubai International Academic City, UAE, has worked with subject-matter experts from various sectors to review syllabuses in order to identify gaps. The research shows the benefits of the approach in a specific institutional setting, which may well be more widely applicable. The results show the value of integrating an industry-driven curriculum framework into curriculum design and delivery to bridge the gap between academic offerings and industry needs.

Of course, the concept of co-creating curricula is not new, and many educational institutions worldwide have adopted it with varying success. The research literature shows the benefits of such collaborations, including better graduate employability and curricula that better reflect industry requirements. However, the approaches to engaging industry partners differ significantly among institutions, and clear governance structures for these collaborations have proven advantageous.

Mahalingam’s approach fits the mould in this regard. Instead of focusing on developing generic frameworks and best practices and overlooking specific recommendations for co-creating curricula, the new work offers a dedicated framework. This framework can be integrated with the institution’s existing governance system in order to improve collaboration and course content. Mahalingam demonstrates how valuable this framework approach could be and adds that continuous evaluation and adaptation would be important to maintaining its effectiveness in an ever-changing industry landscape.

Mahalingam, T. (2024) ‘Bridging the gap between academia and industry: a case study of collaborative curriculum development’, Int. J. Business Performance Management, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp.589–603.

Free Open Access article available: "Bridging the gap between academia and industry: a case study of collaborative curriculum development"

The following paper, "Bridging the gap between academia and industry: a case study of collaborative curriculum development" (International Journal of Business Performance Management 25(4) 2024), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

2 July 2024

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Reliability and Safety

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Reliability and Safety are now available here for free:
  • Cognitive dimensions of organisational reliability: a scoping review
  • Prediction of human performance using EEG data to improve safety and productivity in the mines
  • The impact of organisational commitment on the safety climate among airline employees: the mediation effect of collective gratitude and risk perception
  • About the reliability analysis of complex dynamical systems via fluidification: numerical approach

Free Open Access article available: "Using electronic health records to improve healthcare information management"

The following paper, "Using electronic health records to improve healthcare information management" (International Journal of Electronic Healthcare 14(5) 2024), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

Research pick: Pandemic attitude - "Knowledge of declared behaviour: effect of attitude and intention"

Research in the International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development has found that our feelings and attitudes during times of crises affect our behaviour and that during a globally testing times, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, governments should make themselves fully aware of this prior to communicating with the public on the policy matters associated with addressing such a crisis

Kirti Dutta of Rishihood University in Haryana, India, Guillaume P. Fernandez of the Academy of Marketing and Communications SAWI in Geneva, Bart F. Norré and Joaquin Fernandez of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland in Marly, Switzerland, Dorota Reykowska of NEUROHM and Rafal Ohme of WSB University in Warsaw, Poland, Dunia Harajli of the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon, used the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) in their study. They focused on declared behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany and Sweden. Their findings offer useful insight for policymakers hoping to improve the government response to such a health crisis.

TPB, originally developed by social psychologist Icek Ajzen, extended the theory of reasoned action and suggests that our behaviour has three main drivers: personal attitudes and views towards that behaviour, subjective norms, such as perceived social pressures to perform or not perform said behaviour, and perceived behavioural control, the ease or difficulty faced in performing the behaviour.

Dutta and colleagues used this framework to look at the complex way in which people responded to the pandemic. Fundamentally, they found that people’s perceived threats from the pandemic significantly affected their behaviour, as one might expect. But, the effect was both direct and indirect, and attitude then played an important part in how people responded to the different ways in which governments attempted to handle the pandemic. The team notes that in Australia and New Zealand, where the speed with which COVID-19 spread was lower than elsewhere, there were higher levels of social cooperation and positive public attitudes towards the health measures implemented by government. In contrast, the USA, India, and Brazil encountered challenges because of a lower level of public compliance.

The research suggests that policymakers must prioritize understanding and shaping public attitudes through better strategic communication. This would allow them to improve the positive impact of any health measures needed during a future pandemic. Of course, public compliance during such a crisis may well pivot markedly depending on the behaviour and compliance of those policymakers themselves.

In the broader context of the COVID-19 pandemic, these findings emphasize the importance of public attitudes in shaping behaviour. Governments worldwide will have to face global crises again. The study offers useful pointers on enhancing public health strategies and fostering greater social cooperation.

Dutta, K., Fernandez, G.P., Norré, B.F., Reykowska, D., Ohme, R., Harajli, D. and Fernandez, J. (2024) ‘Knowledge of declared behaviour: effect of attitude and intention’, Int. J. Knowledge-Based Development, Vol. 14, No. 2, pp.133–161.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies are now available here for free:
  • Managerial self-actualisation in the era of business intelligence
  • Biomedical signal processing for health monitoring applications: a review
  • An approach to evaluate service quality in polytechnic education institutes: a case study
  • Transmission of COVID-19 through asymptomatic individuals

1 July 2024

Prof. Zongqing Zhou appointed as new Editor in Chief of International Journal of Hospitality and Event Management

Prof. Zongqing Zhou from the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators in the USA has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Hospitality and Event Management.

Research pick: Celebrity fatigue – an endorsement own-goal - "I like you, but I don’t need you: the diminishing returns of celebrity endorsement for popular brands"

Research in the International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing has investigated the effect of celebrity endorsements on consumer attitudes and purchasing decisions. The work focused on particular well-known brands and the influence of fan identification.

Eduardo Fons, Maria-José Miquel-Romero, Manuel Cuadrado-García, and Juan D. Montoro-Pons of the University of Valencia in Valencia, Spain, surveyed 324 Spanish football league fans. They asked questions to find out about brand recall, brand attitudes, and purchase intentions related to celebrity-endorsed sports brands. The team’s findings challenge the received wisdom that prominent brands significantly benefit from celebrity endorsements. Indeed, the implication is that the glamour has faded somewhat and that fans in this niche are perhaps experiencing celebrity fatigue when it comes to these kinds of so-called influencers.

Since the 1960s, sport has evolved into a major form of mass entertainment. Athletes in many sporting areas, particularly football (soccer) leading players at the big teams have become celebrities. As such, these people can attract not only enormous fees from their clubs but command significant sponsorship from brands hoping to exploit their fame.

Billions of dollars are invested in sponsorships each year, with some two-thirds of that being directed toward sports. Celebrity endorsement as a marketing strategy has for many years been a big part of this especially in attempting to influence younger people with disposable income.

However, the present study suggests that the effectiveness of celebrity endorsements depends on the attributes of both the celebrity and the brand. Celebrities and brands bring unique characteristics to an endorsement relationship, and their compatibility can significantly impact the campaign’s success. The team adds that until this work there was something of a gap in the research literature regarding the differential effects of celebrities and brands in endorsement campaigns, especially when both are already well-known.

The most important finding from the work is that a fan’s identification with a celebrity plays a crucial role in their perception of endorsements. Fans who strongly identify with a celebrity are more likely to recall the endorsed brand and exhibit positive attitudes and purchase intentions towards it. However, for prominent brands, celebrity endorsement does not change this significantly. In other words, celebrity endorsement does not necessarily boost sales of a previously strong and prominent brand. Marketing departments for such brands might save their money and side-step the sports stars.

Fons, E., Miquel-Romero, M-J., Cuadrado-García, M. and Montoro-Pons, J.D. (2024) ‘I like you, but I don’t need you: the diminishing returns of celebrity endorsement for popular brands’, Int. J. Sport Management and Marketing, Vol. 24, Nos. 3/4, pp.244–261.

28 June 2024

Research pick: On your knees - "The effect of running experience on muscle forces and knee joint reaction forces during running"

The relationship between running experience, running mechanics, and the risk of injury, particularly to the knees is discussed in the International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology. The research looks at the differences in joint loading and muscle forces between novice and experienced runners.

Zhihui Kang of Ningbo University of Finance and Economics in Ningbo, China, and Xinyan Jiang of Obuda University in Budapest, Hungary, carried out a 3D running analysis of fifteen novice and fifteen experienced runners and used OpenSim software to model the behaviour of the musculoskeletal system, estimating lower limb muscle forces and knee joint loading.

The team found that there were notable differences in running mechanics between each group. Novice runners exhibited significantly higher knee loading and muscle forces during most of the stance phase of running compared to their experienced counterparts. This increased loading would coincide with a higher susceptibility to lower extremity injuries, such as sprains, strains and ruptures of the knee join, among novice runners. Understanding the biomechanics and neuromuscular control of running movements is crucial for developing coaching and training strategies to prevent such injuries and enhance running performance. However, the research did not record direct evidence linking novice status to an increased risk of knee injury when running. The current work will be useful to those working in sports medicine, rehabilitation, and athletic training.

By identifying biomechanical differences between novice and experienced runners, targeted interventions might be developed to reduce injury risk and improve running techniques. This could involve tailored training programs that gradually increase the tolerance of novice runners to running loads, thereby enhancing their musculoskeletal adaptations over time.

Future research could focus on longitudinal studies to determine whether specific knee joint variables can reliably predict running-related injuries. Such studies would help refine injury prevention strategies and contribute to safer and more effective running practices for athletes at all levels.

Kang, Z. and Jiang, X. (2024) ‘The effect of running experience on muscle forces and knee joint reaction forces during running’, Int. J. Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Vol. 45, No. 3, pp.183–197.

27 June 2024

Research pick: From the Norfolk Broads to Ibiza - "Sun, beach … and nightclubs: a study on the nightlife and tourism in Ibiza (1950–1971)"

It’s no small affair. In the 1960s, Spain was transformed into one of Europe’s leading tourist destinations. Visitors who might otherwise have travelled and done their sightseeing in their own country, were attracted to the region by the promise of sun, sea, and sand. As the tourist industry of the “Costas” and the “Balearics” evolved, the hordes of visitors sparked the growth of a vibrant nightlife industry, especially on the island of Ibiza, anything but a saddening bore. While the beach and the Mediterranean Sea were the usual daytime haunt of countless tourists, bars and nightclubs became their nocturnal destination.

Research in the International Journal of Tourism Anthropology has looked at how Ibiza’s nightclubs evolved through advertising, revealing the preferences and behaviour of the tourists who flocked to this “holiday island”.

Joan Carles Cirer-Costa of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Eivissa, Spain explains that the influx of post-war European tourists to Spain began in the early 1950s as society bounced back into the sunshine from darker days. These early adventurers navigated a challenging transportation landscape, often travelling by personal car or early charter flights to reach their destinations. By the mid-1960s, mass tourism had firmly established itself, driven by this collective yearning for sun, sea, and sand and the creation of the package holiday. Mediterranean tourism continues to grow to this day.

The evolution of the nightlife of Ibiza over the decades all but eschewed local culture. Indeed, cultural authenticity was not generally what the hedonistic tourists sought. Nevertheless, it was the early tourists that have guided us to the modern Mediterranean holiday format and as more and more Europeans recognised their own desire for this summer experience, so the tourist industry has pandered to their whims.

Cirer-Costa’s work could also have implications beyond historical curiosity. It offers those studying modern tourism lessons in the dynamics of the industry. It might help contemporary tourism professionals and policymakers create more sustainable and appealing tourist experiences that balance leisure with cultural appreciation.

Cirer-Costa, J.C (2024) ‘Sun, beach … and nightclubs: a study on the nightlife and tourism in Ibiza (1950–1971)’, Int. J. Tourism Anthropology, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp.218–236.

26 June 2024

Special issue published: "Active Safety Design for Autonomous Electric Vehicles" [includes Open Access article]

International Journal of Vehicle Design 95(3/4) 2024

  • Multi-level decision framework collision avoidance algorithm in emergency scenarios [OPEN ACCESS]
  • Sensor-fusion-based road friction estimation for robust safety-critical trajectory planning of automated driving
  • A novel prediction and evaluation method for vehicle stability
  • A novel nonlinear observer for inertial parameters of lightweight electric vehicle through adaptive dual unscented Kalman filter
  • Energy management and dynamic control for skid-steered unmanned special vehicle with range-extended system
  • Designing a simulation framework to develop and evaluate an eco-routing strategy
  • Path tracking and stability control of 4WID electric vehicles based on variable prediction horizon MPC
  • Efficient motion planning and control for automated lane change considering road adhesion coefficient

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

The following sample articles from the Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development are now available here for free:
  • Fostering organisational high performance through leadership and organisational learning: evidence from tourism firms in Vietnam
  • Perception and attitude toward applying e-learning in workplace training - an empirical study in Ho Chi Minh City enterprises
  • Leading to an organisation's competitive advantage: antecedents and outcomes of the industry and university collaborative relationships
  • Recovery of international destination image and its consequence on trust and travel planning behaviour towards online generated contents in Vietnam
  • The relationship between firm financial distress, firm life cycle and firm cash holdings of non-financial listed Vietnamese companies
  • The dual role of online trust: a study of Generation Z through online purchase intentions in Vietnam

Research pick: Uncertainty, the only certainty - "Challenges related to emerging risk management"

Risk has always been a part of life. But, the modern world is becoming increasingly unpredictable. Organisations cannot rely on conventional approaches to risk management (RM) and mitigation strategies they must now move towards integrated risk management (IRM). This shift acknowledges the limitations of conventional approaches in addressing new and emergent risks stemming from rapid changes in climate, social dynamics, geopolitics, and technology. A team in Canada discusses the issues in the International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management.

Traditional approaches to risk management usually focus on an analysis of possible failure scenarios. They use mathematical models to work out how best to safeguard physical infrastructure. However, Luciano Morabito and Benoît Robert of the Polytechnique Montréal in Québec, Canada, suggest that these methods are out-dated and cannot keep pace with the emerging risks we see today where the so-called butterfly effect can see a seemingly insignificant and unchecked risk in one part of the world unleash worldwide upheaval. The COVID-19 pandemic is perhaps a case in point.

According to Morabito and Robert, integrated risk management offers a more complete approach to addressing various interconnected issues. As the term suggests, it integrates the principles of risk governance and social constructivism. There is an emphasis on understanding an organisation’s assets, operations, and external environment so that it can improve resilience and adaptability in the face of emerging risks. The approach rests on good communication, collaboration, and coordination across an organisation at all levels as well as with external stakeholders. Without these “three-Cs”, effective mitigation strategies may not be possible and organisations will succumb to the detrimental effects of the crises as they emerge.

The work suggests that there is a need for organisations and stakeholders to recognise that we need more than technological tools to manage risks well. Integrated risk management must use those tools but also consider the social and organizational dimensions. Collaboration is key to this where stakeholders share risk knowledge and establish common frameworks, all the while avoiding disruption to the organisation’s daily operations. Organisations that cope well with integrated risk management will position themselves to be proactive in their response to the risky business of an increasingly uncertain world.

Morabito, L. and Robert, B. (2023) ‘Challenges related to emerging risk management’, Int. J. Risk Assessment and Management, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp.175–195.

Free Open Access article available: "Multi-level decision framework collision avoidance algorithm in emergency scenarios"

The following paper, "Multi-level decision framework collision avoidance algorithm in emergency scenarios" (International Journal of Vehicle Design 95(3/4) 2024), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

25 June 2024

Free Open Access article available: "Assessing and improving supervisory behaviours at standardised meetings using self-recorded video and the operant supervisory taxonomy index"

The following paper, "Assessing and improving supervisory behaviours at standardised meetings using self-recorded video and the operant supervisory taxonomy index" (International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics 11(2) 2024), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

Research pick: Electronic health - "Using electronic health records to improve healthcare information management"

In a demonstration of what is plausible in the developing world, Nigeria’s Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) is changing from error-prone paper-based patient records to an advanced Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. This move will streamline patient information management and enhance the overall quality of care provided to patients.

EHRs are the digital counterparts of conventional medical charts and records kept by healthcare providers. They can include a wide array of patient information, including medical history, diagnoses, medications, treatment plans, immunization dates, allergy information, radiology images, and laboratory test results. The digital nature of EHRs means that can offer the healthcare provider much more information at a given time than conventional paper records. Indeed, they can ensure that critical information is accessible to the healthcare provider whenever it is needed allowing them to make informed decisions so improve patient outcomes.

A study published in the International Journal of Electronic Healthcare surveyed healthcare information management professionals to assess their readiness for the adoption of EHR systems. The findings revealed strong support for the transition, with these professionals recognizing the availability of necessary infrastructure and training. Respondents to the survey undertaken by Oluwatoyin Rhoda Akinyemi, Maureen Nokuthula Sibiya of Mangosuthu University of Technology in Durban and O. Oladimeji of the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Pretoria, South Africa, demonstrated a high level of proficiency with basic computer applications. However, despite their enthusiasm, the research shows that barriers remain.

The team writes that these barriers include a shortage of staff, a high patient volume, and limited digital navigation skills among some employees. There are also concerns about patient privacy and confidentiality. Nevertheless, obstacles were not insurmountable and given the positive sentiment overall, the implementation of EHRs will outweigh any problems significantly. Overcoming the various barriers will involve continuous staff training and organizational support, as well as ensuring the availability of the requisite hardware.

Akinyemi, O.R., Sibiya, M.N. and Oladimeji, O. (2024) ‘Using electronic health records to improve healthcare information management’, Int. J. Electronic Healthcare, Vol. 14, No. 5, pp.1–12.

International Journal of Vehicle Performance indexed by Clarivate's Emerging Sources Citation Index

Inderscience is pleased to announce the news that the International Journal of Vehicle Performance has been indexed by Clarivate's Emerging Sources Citation Index.

The journal's Editor in Chief, Dr. Xiaobo Yang, has offered the following comments:

"I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the inclusion of the International Journal of Vehicle Performance (IJVP) in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI). This marks a significant milestone for IJVP and reflects the dedication and hard work of our editorial team, contributors and reviewers.

Inclusion in ESCI not only acknowledges the quality and relevance of the research published in our journal, but also enhances the journal's visibility and accessibility across the global academic community. We are confident that this will further encourage scholarly contributions and enrich the discourse within the field of vehicle systems performance.

We are committed to maintaining and improving the standards that have led to this achievement. This recognition provides us with the motivation to continue our efforts in publishing high-quality research and fostering academic excellence."

Open Access issue published by International Journal of Information and Communication Technology

The International Journal of Information and Communication Technology has published an Open Access issue. All of the issue’s papers can be downloaded via the full-text links available here.
  • Sentiment classification model for student teaching evaluation based on deep learning technology
  • From toy-like to intelligent: ARM-based cloud-injected AI companion robot
  • Research on intelligent teaching curriculum of preschool education majors in universities based on artificial intelligence technology support
  • Early warning and decision-making model of geological disaster damage of transmission lines based on intelligent online monitoring technology
  • Data analysis of digital teaching resources and interactive behaviour between teachers and students based on K-means algorithm
  • Apple surface defect detection based on lightweight improved YOLOv5s

24 June 2024

Special issue published: "Exploring the Intersection of Technology, Society, and Economy in Contemporary Vietnam"

Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development 16(1) 2024

  • Understanding the moderating role of trust on continuance intention towards smartphone banking services: empirical evidence from Vietnam
  • Exploring moral voice in Vietnam's public sector: a study of socially responsible human resource management, public service motivation, and ethical leadership
  • Effects of online-generated content on consumer engagement across post-pandemic pre-travel stage among young domestic tourists in Vietnam
  • Innovation, export orientation, export assistance, and SMEs' export performance: a case in Vietnam's Mekong delta provinces
  • The impact of online reviews and eWOM on impulse buying tendency: a study of Vietnamese Gen Z consumers
  • The relationship between CEO's reputation and firm abnormal earnings - evidence from Vietnam

Research pick: Fanning the flames for fuel not fire - "Forest fire mitigation by social economic development of local communities using pine needle as potential fuel"

The increasing frequency of environmental fires is a serious issue around the world and one that is being exacerbated by climate change. Millions of hectares and thousands of homes are at risk. Recovery times will, for much of the devastation, in Australia, Greece, California, India, and elsewhere will run to decades. New approaches to reducing the risk of fires are now needs, ones that do not simply involve political grandstanding and the purchase of glamorous but largely ineffective solutions.

Writing in the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, a research team from India point out that one of the main contributors to the ease with which fires can spread is the accumulation of biomass, such as dry pine needles, on the forest floor. Pankaj Verma of the TR Abhilashi Memorial Institute of Engineering and Technology in Tanda Mandi, and colleagues have explored the potential for reducing the biomass risk. They suggest that it is worth engaging at-risk communities to see this “waste” material as a valuable energy resource for power production. This would have many other environmental and economic benefits, as well as clearing the forest floor and reducing a highly inflammable fuel source for fires.

Forests play an integral role in the ecological cycle, offering habitat and food for various species and hosting diverse vegetation. The team note that in Himachal Pradesh, India, forest cover has increased, but the predominant species is the Chir Pine or Longleaf Indian Pine (Pinus roxburghii), which sheds a large volume of dry needles particularly from January to April. The number of forest fires in the region seems to have risen with the ascent of this tree species.

Despite their availability, dry pine needles are seldom used as fuel due to their low energy density and heating value. The researchers propose that with appropriate technology, it should be feasible to convert this low energy density biomass into high energy density fuel, such as briquettes. As India’s energy demands rise, such a waste-to-energy approach could help address this issue, providing a renewable energy source and simultaneously reducing forest fire risk.

This concept also promotes the sustainable use of forest resources, encourages environmental conservation, and offers social and financial benefits to local communities.

Verma, P., Sharma, K., Mahajan, A. and Sharma, R. (2024) ‘Forest fire mitigation by social economic development of local communities using pine needle as potential fuel’, Int. J. Environment and Waste Management, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp.57–67.

Free Open Access article available: "The effects of information environment on internal and external financing choices"

The following paper, "The effects of information environment on internal and external financing choices" (International Journal of Business Excellence 33(1) 2024), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.

21 June 2024

Research pick: Chatting about chatbots - "Chatbots and ChatGPT: a bibliometric analysis and systematic review of publications in Web of Science and Scopus databases"

Researchers writing in the International Journal of Data Mining, Modelling and Management discuss the evolution and growing academic interest in chatbots, with a special focus on the widely discussed large language model known as ChatGPT. The team has analysed data from Scopus and the Web of Science (WoS) covering the period 1998 to 2023.

The results show remarkable annual growth rates of almost 20 percent in WoS and almost 30 percent in Scopus in the number of publications discussing chatbots. This obvious conclusion is that there is a growing scholarly interest in this kind of artificial intelligence and its use in “conversational” software agents.

Hamed Khosravi, Ahmed Shoyeb Raihan, and Imtiaz Ahmed of West Virginia University in Morgantown, USA, and Mohammad Reza Shafie and Morteza Hajiabadiof the Iran University of Science and Technology in Tehran, explain how chatbots use algorithms trained on natural language databases to mimic human conversation. These AI tools can respond with apparently cogent answers to questions or prompts and are increasingly used in customer service, education, mental health, financial management, and many other areas. Users need to be aware that while the term “intelligence” is used in this context, the software is not inherently intelligent in the conventional sense and can readily generate fanciful or even false information in response to a given prompt. Nevertheless, on the whole, these tools can be very useful in streamlining interactions and precluding the need for human staff to undertake many mundane tasks.

These systems employ natural language processing (NLP), a subset of AI that allows machines to interpret prompts and generate an apparently human response. In the current work, Khosravi and colleagues focus on one of the more well known systems, ChatGPT. This tool uses deep-learning techniques to generate contextually relevant and coherent responses. Its advocates point to its more advanced abilities when compared to the previous generation of chatbots and other AI tools in this area.

In examining the research literature, the team notes that there has been a shift towards areas such as mental health and task analysis and how AI tools might be used in those contexts and what its limitations might be. The way AI is being used now and how that is changing will, of course, affect how development moves.

There is a pressing need to ensure that the tools are not only technologically superior but also ethically sound and contextually aware. The next generation of AI tools may need less human oversight, but there will perhaps always be a need for some human supervision of outputs. This progression could lead to AI applications that provide preliminary medical insights, support clinical decision-making, enhance writing and translation tasks, simulate organizational interactions, and assist in policy formulation.

Khosravi, H., Shafie, M.R., Hajiabadi, M., Raihan, A.S. and Ahmed, I. (2024) ‘Chatbots and ChatGPT: a bibliometric analysis and systematic review of publications in Web of Science and Scopus databases’, Int. J. Data Mining, Modelling and Management, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp.113–147.

20 June 2024

Special issue published: "Dependable Computing"

International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems 11(1/2) 2024

  • Algorithm-based fault-tolerant parallel sorting
  • Application of multi-criteria decision-making approach using TOPSIS to identify the vulnerable time zone of earthquake time series signal
  • Refining malware detection with enhanced machine learning algorithms using hyperparameter tuning
  • Conceptual design and implementation of FIDO2 compatible smart medical card for healthcare information system
  • Using the theorem of inaccessibility to assess dependable real-time networks
  • Highly available virtual network functions and services based on checkpointing/restore

International Journal of Hydromechatronics increases CiteScore to 7.6

Inderscience's Editorial Office is pleased to report that the International Journal of Hydromechatronics has increased its Scopus CiteScore from 6.0 to 7.6.

The journal's Editor in Chief, Prof. Liang Yan, said, "This year, IJHM achieved a CiteScore of 7.6, marking a 27% increase. Over the past year, the editorial team has made significant efforts to control manuscript quality, optimise the review process and enhance promotional efforts. Both the editorial board and the young editorial members have dedicated more effort to the journal's development. We sincerely extend our gratitude to our readers and authors for their support. Moving forward, we will continue to strive to make IJHM a better and more influential journal."

Research pick: Cashing up a new theory of money - "Revisiting the origin of money: from precious metals to work: alternative pathways on the origin of currency and its impact on modern economics"

In the International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, Bas Dommerholt of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets in The Netherlands, explores the history of money from the earliest coins and notes to the world of digital “crypto” currencies.

Dommerholt’s analysis of the evolution of money offers a new perspective that diverges from conventional theories. He suggests that the roots of money can be traced back to early agricultural societies. Early farmers kept records of food distributions, and it is these that over the course of prehistory evolved into wage standards. And from there the calculation of production costs and the filling in of balance sheets. Eventually, coins were minted as tokens of these. Coins, often considered the first form of money, emerged as tokens of credit backed by precious metals.

This novel historical narrative has implications for contemporary economic policies, from addressing predatory lending practices to understanding the rise of digital currencies. Dommerholt’s findings suggest that educators could benefit from integrating this perspective to provide students with a more nuanced historical understanding of money.

In Western philosophy, money is a pivotal element, integral to the modern production and distribution of goods and fundamental to the market economy. Despite its importance, the public’s understanding of money remains muddled, partly due to the inadequate representation of money’s history in educational materials. Dommerholt argues for a comprehensive and objective depiction of money in public education with a modern perspective rather than some of the outdated textbook definitions.

Traditionally, it has been believed that money and prices evolved from market transactions involving precious metals. However, the article highlights a critical transition in the nature of money: modern money is no longer based on metals but is an official administrative unit with a market value that floats under governmental control. This shift has profound implications for current policy debates, distinguishing between the traditional and modern understandings of money.

The research builds on chartal theory. This theory suggests that money’s origins actually lie not in markets or material measurements but in government administration and record-keeping. In this theory, money originated from government records of taxes paid in kind. Many educational resources still describe the evolution of money from barter systems and privately owned precious metals, which the evidence suggests is not the case.

The evidence shows that early accounting practices were tied to central institutions responsible for food distribution, with prices evolving from labour cost benchmarks. Coins were introduced later as interest-free notes of credit and backed by precious metals to ensure trust and stability. By fixing the misconceptions about the origins of money, Dommerholt hopes to improve debate and discussion regarding modern lending practices, financial globalization, and digital currencies.

Dommerholt, B. (2023) ‘Revisiting the origin of money: from precious metals to work: alternative pathways on the origin of currency and its impact on modern economics’, Int. J. Pluralism and Economics Education, Vol. 14, Nos. 3/4, pp.219–233.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Nuclear Energy Science and Technology

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Nuclear Energy Science and Technology are now available here for free:
  • Health effect of radon gas in water on children at Al-Najaf schools
  • Preliminary design of ADS for low to medium power output with uranium fuel
  • Xe and Kr extraction for Th-U sustainable ICMSR fuel
  • Determination of radiological hazards due to alpha emitters from ceramic used in Iraq
  • Real-time sub-assembly identification through IMU data fusion with vision sensor for an inspection system
  • Spallation reaction study to improve cross-section measurements of fission products in nuclear waste using Cs-137 on proton or deuteron ranging from 0.1 to 2.4 GeV

19 June 2024

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems are now available here for free:
  • Tuna swarm optimisation-based feature selection and deep multimodal-sequential-hierarchical progressive network for network intrusion detection approach
  • Detection of cyber-attacks for sensor measurement data using supervised machine learning models for modern power grid system
  • Task models for mixed criticality systems - a review
  • An enhanced digital image watermarking technique using DWT-HD-SVD and deep convolutional neural network

Free Open Access article available: "Apple surface defect detection based on lightweight improved YOLOv5s"

The following paper, "Apple surface defect detection based on lightweight improved YOLOv5s" (International Journal of Information and Communication Technology 24(7) 2024), is freely available for download as an open access article.

It can be downloaded via the full-text link available here.