21 August 2017

International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations increases issues

The International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations has announced that it will be increasing issues from four to eight from 2018 onwards.

Call for papers: "Value Delivery Networks in Indian Context"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience.

The value delivery network in India is currently encountering a profound period of change. Currently Indian industries experience a chronical overcapacity and owners are constantly in trouble to capture demand. Globalisation and technological innovation are creating a dynamic network or chain of interconnected players to bring and deliver value in form of offerings to the customers, often known as value delivery network or supply chain. Such networks mostly comprise of a number of players in which a firm, whether manufacturing or service, holds the key to creating and offering values in terms of output to its customers (Mentzer, 2001). This notion of value creation and exchange is the foundation stone of the thought of Relationship Marketing which has developed and has been identified as a strategic approach leading all marketing activities towards establishing, developing, and maintaining effective relational exchanges (Morgan & Hunt, 1994). The emergent role of global supply chains was associated with increased interconnectedness among suppliers and manufacturers, which led to higher dependency among firms in the supply chains and a higher level of supply chain complications (Christopher et al., 2011; Blackhurst et al., 2005; Wagner and Bode, 2006; Stecke and Kumar, 2009). This, in turn, leads to supply chains that are proficient during stable business environments but are highly susceptible to risks and disruptions. Global supply chains are mounting in both length and complexity (Blackhurst et al. 2005). Supply chain management is considered as a strategic factor for growing organizational effectiveness and better attainment of organisational goals such as greater competitiveness, superior customer service and improved profitability (Gunasekaran et al. 2001).

From the above, it follows that Value Delivery Network is an important and topical area; and that the Supply and Operations Management research community has an important role to play in work that helps in delivering value. Significant contributions have been made to the Supply Chain literature in recent years but there is scope for much further research that not only develops the theory base on Supply Chain and Value Delivery but also empirically develops the field, learns from and delineates Supply chain and Value Delivery from related strategies and phenomena.

The objective of this special issue is to provide a forum for work that progresses the field of Value Delivery Networks in India practically and theoretically. Thus, a strong focus beyond the organisational level is required to explore, explain, develop, and test aspects of value delivery network.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at Marketing Conference (NMC) on Contemporary Practices in Modern Marketing: A Road-map for 2020, but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Value delivery network
  • Supply chain management
  • Supplier selection
  • Electronic supply chain
  • Purchase management
  • Logistics
  • Buying process
  • Role of quality
  • Channel of distribution
  • Channel conflict
  • Vender management

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 30 October, 2017
Notification to authors: 15 December, 2017
Final versions due by: 30 January, 2018

18 August 2017

Special issue published: Social and Sustainable Enterprise: International Perspectives"

International Journal of Sustainable Society 9(1) 2017
  • Vocational education training and graduate employability in South Africa: an interlinkage in need of exploration
  • Arab women employment in the UAE: exploring opportunities, motivations and challenges
  • Social entrepreneurship in the UAE: challenges and recommendations
  • Self-transcendence: an alternative explanation for voluntourism in developing countries
  • The role of expats, local residents and tourists in defining a destination: a branding case study for Abu Dhabi tourism
  • A time comes when silence becomes betrayal: the Indian expatriate perspective of social marketing

17 August 2017

Call for papers: "Decision Support Approaches in Finance and Insurance"

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

This special issue seeks to present the contributions of decision support methodologies in the fields of finance and insurance. Such methodologies originate from areas such as operations research, management science, and machine learning, providing the required analytical tools for strategic and operational decision-making at all levels of financial and insurance institutions. The special issue is particularly interested in approaches that adopt a multidimensional perspective that takes into consideration the multi-faceted nature of the financial and insurance environment. Submissions presenting new methodological developments, empirical results, computational analyses, and cases studies are welcome.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at of the 7th International Conference on Multidimensional Finance, Insurance and Investment (ICMFII'2018) but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Algorithmic trading
  • Bank performance and efficiency
  • Behavioural decision models
  • Capital budgeting and financial planning
  • Decision support models in portfolio management
  • Financial decision-making under uncertainty and fuzziness
  • Fund management and performance appraisal
  • Intelligent financial decision support systems
  • Multiple-objective and multicriteria models in finance and insurance
  • Social responsible investments
  • Real options

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 31 July, 2018
Notification to authors: 15 October, 2018
Final versions due by: 31 December, 2018

16 August 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Sustainable Society

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Sustainable Society are now available here for free:
  • Peripheral land conversion for land and housing development projects and its impacts upon the affected people: a study in Greater Dhaka
  • Sustainable livelihood approach towards enhanced management of rural resources
  • Valuing environmental management practices through contingent valuation. A review of recent applications
  • Predicting behaviours related to marine litter prevention: an empirical case based on junior high school students in Italy

15 August 2017

Special issue published: "Advanced Methodologies and Challenges in Multimedia Data and Services in The Internet Of Things"

International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions 7(1) 2017
  • TolkArt: an IoT platform to create intelligent art exhibition of talking objects
  • IoT application for the estimation of option price 
  • A survey on the digital enhancement of the archaeological sites on Google and a multimedia pilot project in the Agrigento Valley of the Temples in Sicily (Italy)
  • Data mining techniques for vestibular data classification
  • Mapping the reliability of the additive log-ratio transformation

Research Picks Extra – August 2017

Birth rights
In many places, people conceived with artificial reproductive technology have a right to know their origins in terms of genetic and biological parents. In instances where someone other than a person who will take care of the child has been involved either as a surrogate mother for the gestation or in providing genetic material, then there are issues not only of biology, genetics but biography to consider too. Ludovica Poli of the Department of Law, at the University of Turin, Italy, explores the legal foundations of the right to genetic and biographic origins under international law and envisages possible principles to be applied in balancing it with other competing interests.
Poli, L. (2017) ‘Artificial reproductive technologies and the right to the truth about genetic and biographic origins’, Int. J. Technology Policy and Law, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.56–67.

Aircraft emissions
Air pollution in and around airports is a critical issue. But, determining the effects on the local environment and the people live and work there is a complex problem in which meteorology plays a confounding role in any attempt to model the situation with a view to reducing detrimental effects on the environment. Oleksandr Zaporozhets and Kateryna Synylo of the Institute of Environmental Safety, at the National Aviation University, in Kyiv, Ukraine, have reviewed the way in which aircraft emissions and pollutions are analysed and suggest that the most apposite models take into account fuel flow rates, operational periods of engines, the age of the engines and their maintenance as well as ambient temperatures.
Zaporozhets, O. and Synylo, K. (2017) ‘Operational conditions influence on aircraft engine emission and pollution inside the airport’, Int. J. Sustainable Aviation, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.1–17.

Tourist crime
Rob Mawby of the Rural Security Research Group, at Harper Adams University, in Newport, UK, suggests that it has long been recognised that tourism generates crime. There is considerable evidence, he says, that many tourist resorts suffer higher than average crime rates and that tourists are disproportionately victimised. Moreover, some touristsare themselves the criminals, especially when it comes to public disorder problems. Tourism is thus a double-edged sword for any town or city: it brings money and other benefits but it boosts crime. However, research data is not available to give policymakers are clear perspective of the pros and cons and he offers a way to remedy this problem. “Only by collecting data in a more rigorous and systematic way can appropriate policies be developed and successfully applied, with the aim of reducing crime and disorder in tourist destinations and crime against tourists. This, in turn, will benefit visitors, local residents and the tourist industry,” he concludes.
Mawby, R.I. (2017) ‘Crime and tourism: what the available statistics do or do not tell us’, Int. J. Tourism Policy, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp.81–92.

Childhood sound perception
A novel musical toy described by scientists in Italy could be used to study sound perception and auditory preferences in young children. The mechanical-electronic device generates sounds depending on how a child plays with the toy and at the same time measures and assesses through sensors and software, exactly how they are responding to those sounds. The device might help musicologists investigate childhood perception of music, but equally could be used in language development studies.
Taffoni, F., Di Perna, L., Formica, D., Focaroli, V., Keller, F. and Di Stefano, N. (2017) ‘A sensor-based approach to study sound perception in children’, Int. J. Computer Applications in Technology, Vol. 55, No. 3, pp.173–182.

14 August 2017

Call for papers: "Developments in Tribology of Composite Materials"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering.

In recent times, the use of composite materials has increased in several areas of science, technology and engineering due to their special properties, namely for their application in biomedical, aircraft, automotive, defence and aerospace, as well as other advanced industries. Tribology is defined as “the science and technology of interacting surfaces in relative motion” and embraces the study of friction, wear and lubrication. This special issue invites the submission of high quality research articles related to friction and wear of polymeric matrix composites (PMCs); metal matrix composites (MMCs); ceramic matrix composites (CMCs), hybrid composites, nanocomposites, biomedical composites, etc.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Nanocomposites
  • Biocomposites
  • Hybrid composites
  • Natural fibre polymer composites
  • Peek and other thermoplastics composites
  • Thermosetting composites
  • Si3N4 composites
  • Superhard composites
  • Alumina composites
  • Aluminium matrix composites
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 31 December, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 31 May, 2018

11 August 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Internet Technology and Secured Transactions are now available here for free:
  • Finding forensic evidence for several web attacks
  • A secure and efficient user authentication scheme for the web
  • Implementing the information access assistant service for an evaluation
  • An experimental setup for practical differential electromagnetic and power analysis of AES cryptosystem
  • Secure software engineering requirements in cloud environment by using anticipating learning classifier system

Copyleft, right, left, right…

Copyright is contentious…to say the least. It is at the centre of much debate in academia, in society, and certainly between corporate entities and consumers. Companies’ share price and profits often hinge on the protection of their intellectual property and copyrighted materials whether movies, TV shows, music, photographs, articles and much more. In the age of the Internet, of course, there are few barriers to individuals and organizations breaking copyright law, and in some countries copyright laws are permissive.

From fair use to creative commons to copyright theft and digital downloads, opinions diverge widely. Some see the notion that “sharing is caring” as vital to creativity and even democracy and copyright as nothing but an evil whereas others see all breaches of copyright law as morally, legally and commercially wrong.

Writing in the International Journal of Technology Policy and Law, Julian Hauser of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, UK, puts forward a moral argument for limiting copyright protection. He argues that today’s expansive copyright laws not only hurt consumers and stifle creativity, but do little to protect content creators and authors.

Hauser puts forward a pared-down version of copyright that he defends as consisting of the right to attribution, the right to have one’s non-endorsement of modifications or uses of one’s work explicitly noted, and the right to a fair share of the profit resulting from the commercial uses of one’s work.

“The significance of copyright can hardly be understated as it shapes one of the defining aspects of our humanity: our culture,” Hauser asserts. “Given these stakes, I have no doubt that copyright will remain a domain of heated debates for many years to come. We need more than that however – we need honest efforts at mutual understanding and constructive criticism.”

Copyright has its roots in laws written three hundred years ago. Maybe it is time for a reboot.

Hauser, J. (2017) ‘Sharing is caring vs. stealing is wrong: a moral argument for limiting copyright protection‘, Int. J. Technology Policy and Law, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.68-85.