10 December 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Sensor Networks

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Sensor Networks are now available here for free:
  • Autonomous underwater vehicles localisation in mobile underwater networks
  • Node localisation for wireless sensor networks in smart distribution automation
  • Distributed tomography with adaptive mesh refinement in sensor networks
  • Extensible time synchronisation protocol for wireless sensor networks
  • Energy-efficient data collection under precision constraints in wireless sensor networks
  • Detection of an event and its location in a wireless sensor network

Special issue published: "Inventive Decision-Making Mechanisms for Data Mining Applications"

International Journal of Business Intelligence and Data Mining 13(1/2/3) 2018
  • Risk assessment and management in enterprise resource planning by advanced system engineering theory
  • Performance amelioration of MANETs using cooperative routing with cross-layer design
  • Students search interest model over an organisation based on web log data
  • Survey of various methods for diagnostic signatures for cutaneous melanoma from genetic and imaging data
  • UPFC damping controller design using multi-objective evolutionary algorithms 
  • FIRA: focused information retrieval algorithm
  • Semantic web service discovery for mobile web services
  • Developed global biotic cross pollination algorithm for CIS
  • Detecting and ranking events in Twitter using diversity analysis
  • Data mining of unstructured big data in cloud computing
  • Recognition of sign language using image processing
  • An empirical approach for complexity reduction and fault prediction for software quality attribute
  • Efficient hardware architecture for integer implementation of multi-alphabet arithmetic coding for data mining
  • A Tabu Search strategy to solve cell formation problem with ratio level data
  • Frequent pattern sub-space clustering optimisation algorithm for data mining from large database
  • Epsilon-fuzzy dominance sort-based composite discrete artificial bee colony optimisation for multi-objective cloud task scheduling problem
  • Proposal and examination of the FLAP algorithm
  • An improved incremental algorithm for mining weighted class-association rules
  • Understanding urban development types and drivers in Wallonia: a multi-density approach
  • Multiple object tracking by employing shaped-based features and Kalman filter
  • Technology in its context - a literature review of the macro and micro levels of business intelligence

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Power Electronics

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Power Electronics are now available here for free:
  • Grid-connected inverter using fused converters
  • A novel control scheme to improve the spectral quality of a single-phase bridgeless boost rectifier
  • On-chip adaptive switched capacitor-based DC-DC converter
  • Influence of stator flux estimation on reference flux for MTPA operation in PWM-based DTC PMSM drives
  • Peak current mode-controlled pulse width-modulated active clamp forward converter with centre tap transformer

9 December 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Management Practice

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Management Practice are now available here for free:
  • Does the potential for developing new technology lead to successful technology transfer commercialisation? The case of public R&D outputs in Korea
  • Creating shareholders' value utilising capital in post-merger and acquisition scenario: a study of Indian Telecom Industry
  • PRM index: a customer satisfaction enhancement tool for Indian automobile sector
  • Consumption of organic food products: an emerging market perspective
  • Communicating sustainability across the hierarchy of the organisation: a framework for the Indian ITeS sector
  • In pursuit of a sustainable traffic and transportation system: a case study of Kolkata

Special issue published: "Applications of Risk Analysis and Analytics in Engineering and Economics"

International Journal of Data Analysis Techniques and Strategies 9(4) 2017
  • On effects of asymmetric information on non-life insurance prices under competition
  • Cost risk analysis and learning curve in the military shipbuilding sector
  • Uncertainty in basic short-term macroeconomic models with angel-daemon games
  • Clustering and hitting times of threshold exceedances and applications
  • Execution time distributions in embedded safety-critical systems using extreme value theory
  • Risk aware intelligent system for insider threat detection

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Management in Education

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  • The predictability of organisational culture for commitment among faculty members: evidence from Iran higher education
  • Leadership skill, leadership style and job commitment among academic staff of Nigerian universities: the moderating effects of employee's attitude and work environment
  • Educational management and the extent of Thai undergraduates' learning and performance behaviour: an international view
  • The experiences of school principals of teachers living with HIV
  • Development programs for head teachers in four Central European countries: an international comparison
  • Determinants of study abroad decisions among Indian students: a PLS approach

International Journal of Automotive Composites to publish expanded papers from 2nd International Conference on Automotive Composites

Extended versions of papers presented at the 2nd International Conference on Automotive Composites (22-25 October 2018, Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal) will be published by the International Journal of Automotive Composites.

8 December 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing

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  • Dynamic resource allocation for multimedia services delivery in cellular/infostation integrated HSR networks
  • Utilisation and energy consumption of fair-access in sensor networks with selected grid topologies
  • Context aware spectrum handoff scheme in cognitive radio vehicular networks
  • QSLB: queue size based single path load balancing routing protocol for MANETs
  • Clustering-based enhanced safety message dissemination medium access control protocol for vehicular ad hoc network
  • A density-based contention window control scheme for unicast communications in vehicular ad hoc networks
  • Urban pseudonym changing strategy for location privacy in VANETs
  • Deployment of vehicular networks in highways using 802.11p and IPv6 technologies
  • Green wave-based virtual traffic light management scheme with VANETs
  • Hybridisation of genetic algorithm with simulated annealing for vertical-handover in heterogeneous wireless networks

Special issue published: "Security for Cloud Computing"

International Journal of Web and Grid Services 14(1) 2018
  • Lattice-based searchable public-key encryption scheme for secure cloud storage
  • Key-aggregate searchable encryption under multi-owner setting for group data sharing in the cloud
  • PRE+: dual of proxy re-encryption for secure cloud data sharing service
  • Searchable symmetric encryption based on the inner product for cloud storage
  • Compromising location privacies for vehicles cloud computing
  • Data integrity checking with reliable data transfer for secure cloud storage

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning

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  • Awareness of ICT capabilities, digital literacy, and use of reflective processes in children who received their first home computer
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  • Middle school mathematics teachers' experiences with student learning using the hands-on equations iPad application: a narrative inquiry
  • Effects of visual mapping placed game-based learning on students learning performance in defence-based courses
  • Technology enhanced collaborative learning using a project-based learning management system
  • The relationship among pre-service teachers' computer competence, attitude towards computer-assisted education, and intention of technology acceptance

International Journal of Sustainable Aviation to publish expanded papers from International Sympoisum on Sustainable Aviation 2018

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Sympoisum on Sustainable Aviation (9-11 July 2018, Rome, Italy) will be published by the International Journal of Sustainable Aviation.

7 December 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Systems, Control and Communications

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  • PAPR reduction in wavelet packet-based OFDM using PSO-based PTS technique
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  • A near-optimal green control for probabilistic routing protocols in delay-tolerant networks
  • Trust aware cooperative optimised link state routing protocol

Special issue published: "Data to Decision"

International Journal of Big Data Intelligence 5(1/2) 2018
  • Predicting baseline for analysis of electricity pricing
  • Sign language recognition in complex background scene based on adaptive skin colour modelling and support vector machine
  • Sightseeing value estimation by analysing geosocial images
  • Detecting spam web pages using multilayer extreme learning machine
  • Ontology-based faceted semantic search with automatic sense disambiguation for bioenergy domain
  • An unsupervised service annotation by review analysis
  • Emotion-based topic impact on social media
  • Document stream classification based on transfer learning using latent topics
  • A customised automata algorithm and toolkit for language learning and application
Additional paper
  • A big data-based RF localisation method for unmanned search and rescue

New Editor for International Journal of Nonlinear Dynamics and Control

Prof. Sundarapandian Vaidyanathan from Vel Tech University in India has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Nonlinear Dynamics and Control.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics

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  • The back side of banking in Russia: forecasting bank failures with negative capital
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  • An augmented Taylor rule for the Federal Reserve's response to asset prices
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  • A daily indicator of economic growth for the euro area
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6 December 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development

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  • Success factors of Polish family businesses
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International Journal of Cloud Computing to publish expanded papers from 2nd International Conference on Big Data and Cloud Computing (ICBDCC18)

Extended versions of papers presented at the 2nd International Conference on Big Data and Cloud Computing (23 March 2018, Tamilnadu, India) will be published by the International Journal of Cloud Computing.

Special issue published: "Establishing Innovative Products and Processes in Tourism: The Role of Service Experience"

International Journal of Tourism Policy 7(4) 2017
  • Understanding the role of the service experience in the cruise industry
  • The mediating role of literary tour guides: Saramago versus Mafra's National Palace
  • Investigating islands' visitor experiences in cultural heritage museums: the case of Cyprus
  • Examining the interrelationships among destination brand image, destination perceived quality, tourist satisfaction and tourist loyalty: evidence from Danang City, Vietnam

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital

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  • An investigation into intellectual capital efficiency and export performance of firms in India
  • Human capital development in socio-economic malaise: evidence from the UK
  • Assessment of the relationship between intellectual capital and organisational health through mediator of employee empowerment (case study: Islamic Azad University employees Shabestar)
  • Intellectual capital reporting: case study of high intellectual capital corporations in Indonesia

5 December 2017

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation to publish expanded papers from International Conference on Communication, Management and Information Technology (ICCMIT 2018)

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Communication, Management and Information Technology (2-4 April 2018, Madrid, Spain) will be published by the International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Business Excellence

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  • Developing a comprehensive brand evaluation system with the support of TRIZ to formulate brand strategies
  • Brand positioning of ayurvedic medicine in Indian milieu
  • Dynamics of disruptive innovations in outperforming global brands: a study in Mexico

Special issue published: "Sustainable Energy Technology" (includes free article)

International Journal of Energy Technology and Policy 14(1) 2018
  • Production, performance and emission analysis of Tamanu oil - diesel blends along with biogas in a diesel engine in dual cycle mode
  • Conversion of cotton residues to bio-oil and chemicals through flash pyrolysis in a fluidised bed reactor
  • Experimental study on triple pass solar air heater with thermal energy storage for drying mint leaves
  • Experimental studies on the performance of dehumidifier using calcium chloride as a liquid desiccant
  • Comparative analysis of sustainable electric energy generation technologies using a multi-criteria decision methodology
  • Intra-regional accessibility and take-up of grid extended electricity among rural households: case of Meru-South Sub-County in Kenya
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Call for papers: "Family Businesses and their Brand Value"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business.

Family businesses are often passed on over several generations (Kamei and Dana, 2012). Due to their long-term existence, they are often able to develop essential immaterial assets including image, patents, networks or know-how (Craig et al., 2008; Micelotta & Raynard, 2011). Research in family businesses and their transformations over generations has gained an enormous upswing in the last few decades (Aronoff 2004; DeMassis et al., 2008; Llach & Nordquist, 2010; Sharma et al., 2012). Topics such as success factors of succession or coexistence between family and the business and ownership have been intensively analysed, described and discussed (for example in Chua et al., 2003, Chua et al., 2004, Craig & Moores, 2006; Taguiri & Davis, 1996).

The role and influence of brand on company success is an often-discussed topic in the literature (Angulo-Ruiz et al., 2014; Barth et al., 1998; Bell et al., 2002; Breivik & Thorbjornsen, 2008; Chahal & Balu, 2010; Fehle et al., 2008; Tran & Cox 2009). After intensive literature research, it becomes clear that the family business literature is lacking adequate knowledge about handling this within the value-added process (Beck, 2016; Krappe et al., 2011). The consideration of company brand as part of strategic management in family businesses has not, however, gained as much – if any – attention (Krappe et al., 2011).

A brand and its value is an important success factor. Companies with a strong brand are more resistant to price pressures and are in a position to recover quicker from losses in market share (Stöhr, 2004). This is mainly explained by the potential to differentiate from competitors (Kotler & Blieml, 1999; Wallace et al., 2013), which in turn argues for higher market prices (Pindyck & Rubinfeld, 2009) and is saved in the minds of customers (Baumgarth & Meissner, 2010; Bruhn 2004; Schmidt & Vest, 2010). For growing companies, corporate brand may be seen as a relevant factor (Vallaster & Kraus, 2011).

These values are the main elements of a brand, which are in turn essential drivers for the sustainable generation of sales (Romero & Yagüe, 2015). Brand value includes future unrealised profits (Palan, 2012), suggesting that a company can have positive brand value even when cash flows are consistently negative. Subsequently, a brand may be seen as a determinant of future financial success for a firm (King & Newman, 2015), and the relevance of brand within the value chain of the company will in future increase by manifesting in, for example, the management of strategy, mergers and acquisitions, succession planning and valuations (Brinkmann, 2011).

An isolated brand can have considerable value, which can be exploited through strategic plannig for family businesses in the context of capitalisation (e.g. sale-and-lease back or licensing). In the case of succession, a question often raised is which assets and values could be used strategically. (Lopez-Gracia & Sanchez-Andujar, 2007; Salvato & Melin, 2008; Zellweger & Astrachan, 2008;). The value of a brand could be increased by a classical brand extension or brand transfer, whereby the brand name is transferred to new products and services. With the inherent trust in the brand already established, preferences can be assigned to them, thereby adding the additional benefit of entering new market segments (Burman et al., 2012; Esch, 2014; Wong & Merrilees, 2006).

From a theoretical viewpoint, company brand can be characterised under different views:
  • Resource-based view: Under this view, companies with a strong brand can themselves achieve competitive advantage (Glynn, 2009, p. 35). Therefore, it is possible to develop a brand and use it as an intangible resource to increase profitability and to justify higher prices in opposite to consumers (Pawan et al., 2016, p. 553; Proctor, 2000, p. 43). Brands are company-specific and can therefore not be copied by competitors (Beugelsdijk et al., 2013, p. 193), which is especially relevant for family businesses (Beck, 2016, p. 193). For this type of firm, the family itself often constitutes a strong brand characterised by consistency, long-term orientation, integrity and the ability to establish connections to different stakeholders (Krappe et al., 2011; Peters & Fehle, 2011).
  • Knowledge-based view: Here an extension to the definition of brand knowledge can be made. Consumers use their obtained knowledge and their experiences when they compare brands with each other, and this knowledge provides an association to the related brand (Zickermann 2014, p. 38). The positive effects a brand provides for consumers are increasing their influence when using brand marketing (O´Reilly & Lancendorfer, 2015, p. 2156).
  • Network-based view: Here a brand is viewed as an instrument that is in a position to establish connections to feelings, symbols and lifestyles, and these are the reasons why the related products and services are consumed (Verma, 2002, p. 227). Establishing a brand enables the development of relationships to different stakeholders and also affects their behaviour and decisions when co-operating with the company (Basile, 2013, p. 2).
These examples are just potential approaches for utilising brands to guarantee sustainable success and promote growth in family businesses. However, the potential and ability of family businesses to capitalise on their respective company brands has not been investigated. This gap, and the questions surrounding it, will be the topic under investigation in this special issue. This special issue therefore attempts to provide first insights into the potential use of brand value in family businesses, to integrate into the literature on strategic direction and brand value. This is especially the case given that previous efforts by research into the two fields of 'corporate strategy' and 'brand of family' have not, to our knowledge, been amalgamated in any form. This special issue will address this blind spot and invites scholars to make submissions in this upcoming new direction.

We welcome qualitative as well as quantitative and mixed methodologies, as long as they are well grounded in the literature. Please refer to the following articles:
  • Dana, L.P.; and Dumez, H. (2015), 'Qualitative Research Revisited: Epistemology of a Comprehensive Approach'. International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Small Business, 26(2), 2015, pp. 154-170.
  • Dana, L.P.; and Dana, T.E. (2005), 'Expanding the Scope of Methodologies Used in Entrepreneurship Research', International Journal of Entrepreneurship & Small Business, 2(1), 2005, pp. 79-88.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • The role and the value of brand in family businesses within their life cycle
  • Brand as a driver for internationalisation strategies
  • Capitalisation on the brand in context with sale-and-lease back or licensing as financing instruments
  • The valuation of the brand as intangible assets
  • The external perception of family business brand and its meaning

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 19 January, 2018
Notification to authors: 30 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 20 June, 2018


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2 December 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2018

Inderscience is a media partner for Robotics and Autonomous Systems (25-26 April 2018, London, UK).

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Special issue published: "Cyber Security of Critical Infrastructures: Recent Advances and Future Directions"

International Journal of Critical Infrastructures 13(2/3) 2017
  • On the detection of cyber-events in the grid using PCA
  • A security architectural pattern for risk management of industry control systems within critical national infrastructure
  • A two-factor key verification system focused on remote user for medical applications
  • Towards effective cybersecurity resource allocation: the Monte Carlo predictive modelling approach
  • Complex system governance for critical cyber-physical systems
  • A process-based dependency risk analysis methodology for critical infrastructures
  • Preemptive: an integrated approach to intrusion detection and prevention in industrial control systems
  • An anatomy of trust in public key infrastructure
  • Achieving desired performance objectives in the energy sector through data analytics
  • Resilient industrial control systems based on multiple redundancy

1 December 2017

Inderscience is media partner for 10th Adaptive Designs in Clinical Trials

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Inderscience is media partner for 5th Lightweight Materials and EV Body Structures Manufacturing Technologies 2018

Inderscience is a media partner for 5th Lightweight Materials and EV Body Structures Manufacturing Technologies 2018 (21-22 February 2018, Michigan, USA).

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Inderscience is media partner for Market Access, Pricing and Reimbursement 2018 Americas

Inderscience is a media partner for Market Access, Pricing and Reimbursement 2018 Americas (23-24 April 2018, Washington DC, USA).

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Research Picks – December 2017

Mind the gap
Assigning departure gates at airports is a critical logistics problem where safety and timeliness are paramount. Now, researchers in Hong Kong and their colleagues in Denmark and the USA have addressed the so-called gate assignment problem (GAP) with meta-heuristics. Their approach uses a tabu search with which other researchers have previously attempted to solve the problem. The novelty in their research is to incorporate path relinking to improve efficiency of the problem-solving algorithm. Their simulation applied to historical flight data from Incheon International Airport of Korea reveals that their approach works beta than an unmodified meta-heuristic and could be applied in the real-world of air control to reduce flight delays and make the use of airport resources more efficient.
Cheng, C-H., Gunasekaran, A., Ho, S.C., Kwan, C-L. and Ng, T.D. (2017) ‘Hybrid tabu searches for effective airport gate management’, Int. J. Operational Research, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp.484-522.

Hellish water

Arsenic contamination of well water in various regions of the Indian sub-continent has been a major public health issue for decades, one that has not been addressed adequately by the authorities no well-meaning interventions from not-for-profit organisations. Numerous efforts have been devised to label contaminated wells but this has led to confusion and sometimes wells have been flagged as safe when in fact they were contaminated and vice versa. Decontamination systems and filters can be costly and represent a technological barrier in many remote villages. Nevertheless, there is potential for a simple cleanup process to be utilised in this context. Researchers in India have now used zero-valent iron nanoparticles dispersed on alumina by a sodium borohydride reduction to remove a large proportion of the arsenic ions in contaminated water samples. Such a system could be used to reduce contamination to below the safety threshold and perhaps with a second system in place could make previously contaminated water entirely safe.
Jain, A. and Agarwal, M. (2017) ‘Synthesising zero valent iron supported on alumina for removal of arsenic from drinking water‘, Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp.108-123.

Self identification
Adolescence is the time in one’s life when a sense of self and identity begin to emerge most strongly as a person makes the transition from childhood to sexual maturity and adulthood. Researchers in Canada have investigated two social networking sites to see how use of these online tools affects the evolution of adolescent identity. Status updates, video/photo uploads, discussion threads and the “like” and comments functions all allow users to facilitate social interaction and identity performance. This occurs during class and after school, the team reports. “As important as it is for students to use technologies for thinking, organising ideas, creating multimodal products to represent their understandings, it is also important for them to use technologies to develop more fixed identities during an otherwise characteristically fluid period of time,” the researchers conclude.
Hughes, J., Morrison, L. and Burke, A. (2017) ‘The adolescent bricoleur: constructing identities through social networking sites‘, Int. J. Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp.87-107.

Print your own dinosaur
Three-dimensional, 3D, printing has been around for at least thirty years, but it is only recently that its reach has come to mainstream attention. The wide range of 3D printers available for industrial and even domestic use allows the fabrication of quite sophisticated and complex objects, under computer control, from a range of materials. However, one factor in building a 3D object that is yet to be fully addressed is that an articulated object, a model dinosaur, for instance, requires separate components to be linked together. Researchers in the USA are developing the concepts of additive manufacturing and demonstrating proof of principle in their InnoDino project aimed at building a model of the Struthiomimus dinosaur for use in education and elsewhere. The model that emerged from the project is full-scale and is now on display at Tennessee Tech University. It represents a first in this area and points the way to how such additive manufacturing might work in practice.
Russell, N.A., Floyd, J., Caston, J., Villalpando, M.R. and Fidan, I. (2017) ‘Project InnoDino: additively innovative dinosaur design and manufacturing‘, Int. J. Rapid Manufacturing, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp.262-278.

30 November 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Biosimilars and Follow-on Biologics 2018 Americas

Inderscience is a media partner for Biosimilars and Follow-on Biologics 2018 Americas (19-20 April 2018, Washington DC, USA).

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Special issue published: "Citizen Rights in the World of the New Computing Paradigms"

International Journal of Electronic Governance 9(3/4) 2017
  • Democracy in the digital age: digital agora or dystopia
  • Investigating the mobile side of e-participation
  • E-voting vs. e-trust: a test bed for e-democracy in a world in crisis?
  • Smart cross-border e-Gov systems: an application to refugee mobility
  • TRILLION project approach on scenarios definition for citizen security services
  • Advanced process simulation tool for improving the quality of decision-making in local government of the Czech Republic
  • An evaluation scheme for local e-government and local e-democracy: the case of Greek municipalities
  • Privacy protection of tagged multimedia content in online social networks
  • Sharing secrets, revealing thoughts and feelings: perceptions about disclosure practices and anonymity in a FB university students' community
  • Security policy rules and required procedures for two crucial cloud computing threats

Inderscience is media partner for Stem Cell Sciences and Regenerative Medicines 2018 Congress

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Special issue published: "Recent Advances in Evolutionary Multi-Objective Optimisation"

International Journal of Innovative Computing and Applications 8(4) 2017
  • Vehicle routing multi-objective optimisation for hazardous materials transportation based on adaptive double populations genetic algorithm
  • Hybrid algorithm for two-objective software defect prediction problem
  • Measurement method and application of design adaptability for product platform based on information content
  • Firefly algorithm for multi-objective optimal allocation of water resource
  • Multi-level assembly process complexity analysis and its application for mixed-model assembly sequencing
  • Hardware implementation of multi-objective differential evolution algorithm: a case study of spectrum allocation in cognitive radio networks

29 November 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Orphan Drugs & Rare Diseases Global Congress 2018 Europe

Inderscience is a media partner for Orphan Drugs & Rare Diseases Global Congress 2018 Europe (7-9 March 2018, London, UK).

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Special issue published: "Computer Services in Management"

International Journal of Services Technology and Management 23(4) 2017
  • Construction cost prediction on the basis of multiple parameters using case-based reasoning method
  • Realisation of optimised eight-bit binary shifter using reversible logic approach
  • Multi-filtering based edge preserving image fusion technique
  • User identification prerequisite for memorisation a type of personalisation
  • An assessment on domain ontology-based information extraction techniques
  • Accessibility analysis of web browsers
Additional paper
  • Human values and technology readiness: the mediating role of consumer perceived value

Inderscience is media partner for Pharma Outsourcing & Partnership Global Congress 2018 Europe

Inderscience is a media partner for Pharma Outsourcing & Partnership Global Congress 2018 Europe (26-27 February 2018, London, UK).

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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Services and Standards

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Services and Standards are now available here for free:
  • Project risk assessment of an outsourced call centre project for a national health insurance scheme
  • Development of E-business solutions for fast food restaurants
  • Relationship between bus driver characteristics and traffic violations
  • Readability of compensation discussion and analysis: the impact of the Plain English initiative
  • E-government effectiveness: a rocket model of contributing user-related factors

28 November 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Pharma End-to-End Global Supply Chain Logistics 2018 Europe

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Special issue published: "Environmental Trends for Sustainable Development"

International Journal of Environment and Health 8(4) 2017
  • Natural sciences and environmental issues: a contribution from the philosophy of environmental sciences
  • The use of territory carrying capacity in an urban development master plan in Neuquén city, Argentina
  • Performance evaluation of aerobic reactor and Sarcocornia perennis to reduce the COD and chloride of effluents from tanning sheepskins
  • Metals and metalloids in mussels from the Argentine Patagonia
  • Natural adaptation to the environmental conditions affects the oxidation-dependent processes in limpets
  • Paula Mariela González; Susana Puntarulo; Gabriela Malanga
  • DOI: 10.1504/IJENVH.2017.10008938
  • 316-330 Effects of chlorpyrifos on acetylcholinesterase activity in two freshwater fish species (Cnesterodon decemmaculatus and Gambusia affinis)

Inderscience is media partner for Future Soldier Technology 2018

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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Knowledge and Learning

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  • Modelling an adaptive e-learning system for implementing competencies-based approach
  • Towards a design approach for serious games 
  • Intelligent dynamic case-based reasoning using multi-agents system in adaptive e-service, e-commerce and e-learning systems 
  • Clustering learner profiles based on usage data in adaptive e-learning
  • Towards adaptive ubiquitous learning systems

25 November 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Pre-Filled Syringes East Coast USA 2018

Inderscience is a media partner for Pre-Filled Syringes East Coast USA (11-12 April 2018, Boston, USA).

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Inderscience Editor awarded with Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. B.B. Gupta, Executive Editor of the International Journal of Internet of Things and Cyber-Assurance, has recently been awarded with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who. Marquis Who's Who stated that "Dr. Gupta celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field." More details are available here.

24 November 2017

Special issue published: "Re-Configuring Learner Experiences: Opportunities and Systemic Challenges"

International Journal of Innovation in Education 4(2/3) 2017
  • An imagined 'haven' for refugee Muslim families: slowly remaking the school
  • Shifting power at school: youth participation in teacher professional learning settings as educational innovation
  • Negotiating the complexity of curriculum integration: metalanguages as levers that shape the innovation process
  • Evidence-informed innovation in schools: aligning collaborative research and development with high quality professional learning for teachers
  • A tale of two schools' journey in educational change: comparing approaches to designing and implementing pedagogical innovations
  • What lessons can innovation education learn from childhood and adolescent education of the Nobel Prize winners in chemistry?

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from International Conference on Family Business and Entrepreneurship (ICFBE) 2018

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Family Business and Entrepreneurship 2018 (2-4 May 2018, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia) will be published by the following journals:

23 November 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Markets and Business Systems

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  • The relationship between brand awareness, market outcome, brand equity, and the marketing mix
  • Supporting business model decisions: a scenario-based simulation approach
  • Systemic effects of international educational and scientific links. Proposals for the development of educational and scientific national system in Georgia
  • TONES: a reference framework for identifying skills and competencies and grooming talent to transform middle management through the field of project management

Call for papers: "Intelligent Systems for Cyber Security: Current Trends, Applications and New Challenges"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Computational Intelligence Studies.

In the last decades, the cyber domain has played a major role in advancing science and technology. But the interconnection of systems through networks, access to information, different computer technologies and the combination of all these aspects is exposes both academic and industry infrastructures to serious risks. These broadly derive from unauthorised operations or access to computerised platforms without permission of the platform's owner. The consequences of these attacks are almost always invasive and disruptive for the computerised systems, and can be fatal if the attacks are performed in the domain of smart health devices. The need therefore arises to research effective security-based solutions for nullifying these risks or countering the attacks. In recent years, this has been successfully accomplished through the use of intelligent technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning solutions. In fact, these have provided valid support in many areas including cyber risk identification, risk assessment of software packages, and preserving security in Internet connections.
 
Today, intelligent systems for cyber security cover a broad range of areas, including smart cities, cyber-physical systems and critical infrastructures, security of vehicles and implantable medical devices, malware research, cryptography, biometrics, watermarking, human-computer interaction security, security in wireless sensor networks, security in radio-frequency identification, early detection and intervention, and privacy. Given the high academic and industrial impact of researching in these areas for the sake of beneficial effects on society, this special issue will cover basic trends, applications and challenges through theoretical or application-based contributions underlying the construction of secure systems starting from hardware and software and ending at the human-computer interface. Accordingly, it is possible to expect cryptography usage to enable secure interactions. All papers exploring state-of-the-art solutions in the form of extended reviews or advanced research papers are especially welcome.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Artificial intelligence for cryptography
  • Complex networks algorithms for cyber security
  • Human-computer interaction security or usable security
  • Security in cloud services
  • Security and trust in context-aware systems
  • Intelligent intrusion detection
  • Intelligent biometrics
  • Intelligent systems for watermarking
  • Security in RFID
  • Security in wireless sensor networks
  • Intelligent systems for safety and security of smart cities
  • Security in cyber-physical systems
  • Intelligent solutions for healthcare devices
  • Intelligent frameworks for privacy protection
  • Expert systems in cyber security
 
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 1 July, 2018
Notification to authors: 1 October, 2018
Final versions due by: 1 December, 2018


Research Picks Bonus – November 2017

BitCoin to end poverty and corruption
Could “blockchain” technology and the so-called BitCoin currency lift a country like Moldova, which was part of the Soviet Union, and reduce state-wide corruption? Researchers there and in France have carried out a case study of how a new electronic economic might emerge in parallel with “tourism 2.0” and how coupled with e-governance such a state might be lifted out of poverty. The team reports that these new technologies constitute a significant step in the right direction, in order to break away from twenty-five years of disappointing socio-economic development performance.
Pilkington, M., Crudu, R. and Grant, L.G. (2017) ‘Blockchain and bitcoin as a way to lift a country out of poverty – tourism 2.0 and e-governance in the Republic of Moldova’, Int. J. Internet Technology and Secured Transactions, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp.115–143.

Silent flight
Owls are renowned avian hunters. One of their evolutionary adaptations, especially for hunting at night is that their flight is near silent. Scientists previously demonstrated that the barbs on the leading edge of primary flight feathers in species such as the barn owl (Tyto alba) act to break up airflow and essentially prevent the wing from making whooshing noises as air rolls across it while the bird glides and descends on prey. Now, researchers in China have taken a close look at the primary feathers of another owl, the long-eared owl (Asio otus) and found that the morphological and mechanical characteristics of the barbules and the way they branch on the long-eared owl primary feather represents a scaling law. The branching diameters throughout the hierarchy of branches (rachis, barb, barbicel) and their mechanical properties are congruent. Such insights could help in the development of biomimetic systems for human aviation, aerospace, marine, and other fields where noise and turbulence are to be minimized.
Gao, J., Chu, J., Guan, L., and Zhang, R., (2017) ‘Mechanical properties and size scaling of long-eared owl primary feather‘ Int. J. Mater Struct Integrity, Vol.11, No.1/2/3, pp.32-50.

Food waste
A study from researchers in Kuwait reveals that at least 10% of perishable goods, such as fruit and vegetables, are discarded by supermarkets, not because of spoilage, but because of customer attitude to less than perfect produce. The team has also looked at the elemental content of such waste and assessed its value as compost and the optimal temperature and process for retrieving valuable material from spoiled food. Importantly, much of the mass of any such food waste is water (85%) and is overall of greater density than general municipal waste and so represents a significant waste management problem for supermarkets and the refuse and recycling companies that service them.
Hamoda, M.F., (2017) ‘Management of discarded organic produce from supermarkets and hypermarkets’, Int. J. Environ. Waste Manage., Vol.20, No.3, pp.264 – 282

Driverless cars? There’s an app for that!
Researchers in India are working on the concept of an interface for a robotic car controlled by the Android operating system. They have developed a miniature model of a Bluetooth controlled device which uses Android as the software interface and an Arduino Atmega328 microcontroller hardware component. The team explains that the setup offers autonomous control of a car. The notion of a so-called “backseat driver” taking control of your car just came a step closer.
Singh, S., Kedia, P., and Nagarajan, S.K. (2017 ‘Android controlled autonomous robot car‘, Int. J. Enterprise Network Management, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp.235-246.

22 November 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Tourism Anthropology

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Tourism Anthropology are now available here for free:
  • The artisan backpacker: a development in Latin American backpacker tourism
  • New ways of gazing: the refractive gaze
  • Performing the sacred: Varanasi, the city of living heritage
  • The impact of the consecration of 'La Sagrada Familia' basilica in Barcelona by Pope Benedict XVI
  • Shrine visiting as heritage
  • Producing heritage: culture as commodity in Madurai
  • Re-inventing Europe: the case of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela as European heritage and the political and economic discourses of cultural unity

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Services Science

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Services Science are now available here for free:
  • The moderating effects of eco-oriented organisational culture on the green practice-performance relationship
  • A framework for electricity utility service by QFD technique
  • Role stress as a barrier to service quality in Indian banks: SEM approach
  • Modelling collaborative business services
  • A DEA methodology to evaluate multidimensional quality performance in hospitals

15 November 2017

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

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Vehicle Systems Modelling and Testing are now available here for free:
  • Development of a rolling truck tyre model using an automatic model regeneration algorithm
  • Stability control of electric vehicle with motorised wheels based on sliding mode control
  • Comparison of optimisation strategies for the determination of precise dummy head trajectories based on the fusion of electrical and optical measured data in frontal crash scenarios
  • Fuzzy logic control for vehicle stability control system with virtual prototype and experimental research

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Service and Computing Oriented Manufacturing

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Service and Computing Oriented Manufacturing are now available here for free:
  • Modelling and preliminary results of a tri-ellipsoid unmanned autonomous airship
  • Synthetic aperture radar raw signal simulation based on inverse chirp scaling algorithm
  • ABC algorithm with bees having quantum behaviour for constrained optimisation
  • A framework for video transcoding and management in cloud manufacturing
  • The impact of external disturbances on the performance of a cellular manufacturing system

New Editor for International Journal of Innovation in Education

Prof. Des Hewitt from the University of Warwick in the UK has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Innovation in Education.

Research Picks Extra – November 2017

Workaholics of the world unite, if you have time
The work-life balance is a common thread in discussions of wellbeing. Today, many employees struggle to find personal time for activities unrelated to work especially now that so many of us can be contacted via mobile devices at any time of the day or night as well as feeling obliged to constantly check social media and work emails. Research to see whether different cultures have different effects on so-called workaholism has investigated the United Arab Emirates and India. It emerges that in both regions, having a “type A” personality (outgoing and ambitious) tends to correlate with workaholism, as one might suspect. However, in UAE characteristics of the job itself play an important role, whereas in India it is mostly individual personality. Moreover, women in India appear to be more inclined to workaholism than females in UAE.
Sharma, J., Singh, A. and Sharma, P. (2017) ‘A journey into the heart of workaholism from cross-cultural perspective‘, Int. J. Human Resources Development and Management, Vol. 17, Nos. 3/4, pp.185-204.

Let’s hear it for the beer
Beer marketing is not all froth, brand loyalty for one’s favourite tipple can cause sales to ebb and flow depending on many factors. Predictors of brand loyalty, according to researchers in Portugal, include perceived value, consumer satisfaction, and trust. Their study of almost 1200 student beer drinkers points to brand awareness leading to brand loyalty. This inverts the received wisdom that it is brand loyalty that drives brand performance. Their detailed findings offer actionable insights for brand managers and marketing departments in the beer industry. An example of such action might be for a company to invest in brand communities and events, strengthening the bond between beer drinker and brand.
Augusto, M.G. and Torres, P.M. (2017) ‘The path to brand loyalty in the beer market‘, Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp.287-298.

Local power, for local people
Generating power and heat at the point of use is one of the promising alternative energy approaches for reducing infrastructure costs in the developed and the developing world. The possibility of utilising various conventional and renewable technologies also opens up the chance to reduce pollution and carbon emissions. Researchers in Canada and South Korea explain that microgeneration systems have already demonstrated comparable electric efficiency to conventional power stations, good environmental performance, and the ability to serve as a source for both primary and back-up power. The implementation of smart energy networks, they add offers a way to recoup the costs of switching to microgeneration over the lifetime of the installation.
Euy Joon Lee, Evgueniy Entchev, Libing Yang, Mohamed Ghorab, and Eun Chul Kang (2017) ‘Smart hybrid renewable microgeneration system for residential applications‘, Int. J. Global Warming, Vol. 13, No.3/4, pp.459-472.

Pink collar workers
Office staff are often referred to as “white collar workers”, employees in industry and the trades as “blue collar”, “pink collar” workers refers to people working in the service industries, hospitality and healthcare support. US researchers point out that a lot of effort has purportedly been put into closing the gender pay gap across various areas of employment, it is not clear whether the glass ceilings at the local and state level in the USA have been smashed. Their research shows that there is very much still in place a glass ceiling facing women in traditional “pink collar” roles, such as nursing, teaching, etc.
Clifford P. McCue; Alexandru V. Roman; Jorene Jameson (2017) ‘Glass walls and glass ceilings: the case of public procurement‘, Int. J. Procurement Management, Vol. 10, No. 6, pp.706 – 728

14 November 2017

Special issue published: "New Developments in Electronics, Cloud and IoT – Part 1"

Electronic Government, an International Journal 13(4) 2017
  • Performance analysis of a 5G non-orthogonal waveform filter bank multi carrier
  • Bit error rate performance analysis of Cholesky decomposition based quasi ML receiver for large scale MIMO system
  • Comparative analysis of applications of identity-based cryptosystem in IoT
  • Improving the accuracy of item recommendations in collaborative filtering using time-variant system
  • Middling role of social support between work family conflict and job satisfaction among professional women in Tamil Nadu
  • Performance benchmarking of tunnel transistors for energy efficient 4-bit adder architectures at low VDD
  • Behaviour state analysis through brain computer interface using wearable EEG devices: a review
  • Impact of deflection history based priority on adaptive deflection router for mesh NoCs
  • A survey on integrity verification and data auditing schemes for data verification in remote cloud servers

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Environmental Engineering

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Environmental Engineering are now available here for free:
  • Biomass characterisation and adsorption mechanism of Cu (II) biosorption onto fish (Catla catla) scales
  • Stabilisation of subgrade soil by using stone dust and RBI Grade 81
  • Carbon emission reduction by improving performance of primary air fans in thermal power plants through energy conservation techniques
  • The photocatalytic degradation of phenol over titanium dioxide powder prepared by the solvothermal method
  • Analysis of urban rivers' water quality using multivariate approach
  • Fly ash amended pervious concrete: a laboratory study on removal potential for inorganic contaminants
  • Seasonal changes of methane emission on black soil rice field in cold region and its DNDC simulation

Special issue published: "Multinationals, Sustainability and Social Change"

International Journal of Business Environment 9(3) 2017
  • Editorial: Challenges and opportunities for multinational corporations in sustainable development
  • Identification with the foreign company: the influence of CSR and consumer ethnocentrism
  • Racing to the bottom, or climbing to the top? Local responses to the internationalisation of trade in the Brazilian textile and garments industry
  • Improving local implementation of an MNC's global CSR strategy: the importance of stakeholders
  • Orchestrating a new industrial field. The case of the Finnish wood-based bioeconomy

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Nuclear Exergy

In a world running out of fossil fuels, facing multifaceted scarcity and contending with pollution, all energies are not equal. This provokes many arguments based mainly on political tenets instead of science. In this context the concept of energy can be usefully substituted by "exergy", i.e. "the maximum useful work that can be extracted from a system as it reversibly comes into equilibrium with its environment". The International Journal of Nuclear Exergy presents research that uses the exergy framework to address the challenges facing humanity.

IJNEx was formed in September 2017 from a merger of the International Journal of Nuclear Desalination (IJND), 2003-2011 (Vols. 1-4) and the International Journal of Nuclear Hydrogen Production and Applications (IJNHPA), 2006-2016 (Vols. 1-3).

12 November 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe Conference 2018

Inderscience is a media partner for Defence Logistics Central and Eastern Europe Conference (6-7 March 2018, Prague, Czech Republic).

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Special issue published: "Non-Conventional Energy Technology"

Interdisciplinary Environmental Review 18(2) 2017
  • Use of Kota stone cutting and quarry waste as subbase material
  • Analysing the occupational health of workers in the brick kilns of Rajasthan
  • Synthesising zero valent iron supported on alumina for removal of arsenic from drinking water
  • Methodologies for removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater: an overview
  • A study on the characterisation of the species formed during fluoride removal through coagulation
  • Architecture analysis compatible with climate based on Mahoney tables in Hamadan (Iran)
  • Investigation of various airfoils for maximisation of lift in horizontal axis wind turbine - a case study
  • Performance and emission analysis of Pongamia biodiesel and its blends in different operating condition - a review