30 June 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Tribology Modelling: Friction and wear prediction across the scales

Inderscience is media partner for Tribology Modelling: Friction and wear prediction across the scales (13 September 2017, Birmingham, UK).

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Special issue published: "Climate Literacy and Innovations in Climate Change Education"

International Journal of Global Warming 12(3/4) 2017
  • Moving beyond scientific knowledge: leveraging participation, relevance, and interconnectedness for climate education
  • Categorising students' evaluations of evidence and explanations about climate change 
  • Lived experience of climate change - a digital storytelling approach 
  • Climate change education and literacy at the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Chile 
  • Making climate change public? A dramaturgically inspired case-study of learning through transition management 
  • Power plant workers' knowledge, attitudes and behaviour on climate change 
  • Climate literacy: a systematic review and model integration 
  • Climate change education for school students-activity-based teaching learning approach to create knowledge, attitudes skills and behavioural change 
  • Climate literacy among university students in Mexico and Spain: influence of scientific and popular culture in the representation of the causes of climate change 
  • Integrative education for climate change resilience x sustainable development transformations 
  • The role of farmers' perceptions in coping with climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa 

Additional papers:
  • Global warming quantification by innovative trend template method 
  • Climate variability, the proliferation and expansion of major livestock diseases in East Gojjam, Northwestern Ethiopia
 

Inderscience is media partner for Simulation and Modelling 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Simulation and Modelling 2017 (12 - 13 September 2017, Birmingham, UK).

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Special issue published: "Metrology and Precision Manufacturing"


International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems (IJMMS) , 2017, Vol. 10 No. 2.
  • Measuring clamping forces during turning via a sensorised steel ring 
  • Development of the control strategy of a 2D nanopositioning long-range stage 
  • Some considerations about the development of software measurement standards in surface finish 
  • Design concerns in dimensional verification and benchmarking proposal 
  • Influence of scanning strategies on measuring and surface digitising by means of a conoscopic holography sensor integrated in a machining centre

29 June 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Maritime Information Warfare 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Maritime Information Warfare 2017 (6 - 7 December 2017, London, UK).

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Call for papers: "Green Technologies for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles.

The term "green technology" is composed of two terms as technology and green technology itself. The technology refers to the application of knowledge for practical purposes whereas the term "green technology" refers to the application of the group of methods and materials from various techniques involving artificial intelligence for generating and preserving energy for the sustainable environment.

Benefits of using green technologies are immense. One of the most sought after goals of major world economies is to reduce carbon emissions and control temperature rise, which can be addressed by the use of green technologies such as sustainable manufacturing, green buildings, fuel efficient transportation, paperless offices, energy efficiency measures, waste recycling etc.

For the sustainable environment, energy efficiency is the burning issue nowadays. Researchers are highly involved in this area. This is due to the fact that energy demand is exponentially growing whereas, energy resources are depleting day by day. This requires optimal use of energy resources. In order to find the optimal use of these resources researchers need to explore optimisation techniques. This issue will be a source of motivation to the researcher and an opportunity to exchange knowledge of energy efficiency and the optimisation tools for development of green technologies.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Circuits and Systems (ICICS-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:
  • Distributed energy resources
  • Plug-in-hybrid electric vehicles
  • Energy efficient electric drives
  • Electric car, bus and truck systems
  • Fuel cells
  • Energy management systems
  • Energy trading
  • Energy efficiency
  • Issues related to plug-in-vehicles
  • Challenges for plug-in-hybrid electric vehicles in developing countries
  • Alternative source systems of in-vehicle electricity production
  • High power and energy batteries
  • Electric traction system
  • Energy efficiency measures
  • Environmental/cost efficiency, energy savings algorithms
  • Social, economic and environmental issues associated with PHEVs
  • Storage of electric power
  • Charging stations for PHEVs

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 April, 2018
First round review notification: 30 June, 2018
Acceptance notification: 31 August, 2018
Submission of final papers: 30 September, 2018

Inderscience is media partner for Business Process Management Conference Europe 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Business Process Management Conference Europe 2017 (16 - 19 October 2017, London, UK).

The journals involved are:

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28 June 2017

Call for papers: "Bio-Inspired Medical Image Processing and Smart Healthcare Applications"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Social Computing and Cyber-Physical Systems.

This special issue will present the latest developments in bio-inspired computation in image processing, with a focus on nature-inspired algorithms linked to deep learning, such as ant colony optimisation, particle swarm optimisation, and bat and firefly algorithms that have recently emerged in the field. In addition to documenting state-of-the-art developments, this issue will also explore future research trends in bio-inspired computation, thus helping researchers to pursue new research avenues.

Digital image processing is the name given to techniques and methods applied in inputting images to transform them into output images or extract information. Due to rapid developments in technology, huge amounts of data are available in the form of medical images, which need to be processed for multiple reasons such as automatic text extraction for diagnosing diseases.

This issue aims to explore commonly used techniques in the field of bio-inspired digital image processing, and the accuracy of methods for good practice recommendations in the image processing field.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Image analysis and understanding
  • Scene analysis, modelling and understanding
  • Pattern matching and pattern recognition
  • Image synthesis, including 3D imaging and solid modelling
  • Mathematical approaches to image processing, analysis and synthesis
  • Image models and transforms
  • Visualisation and graphical data presentation
  • Diagrammatic knowledge representation and reasoning
  • Monocular and stereo vision
  • Modelling of human visual perception
  • Biomimetic vision
  • Innovative uses of various graphic and vision devices and systems
  • Automated analysis of video sequences
  • Mosaic and frames registration
  • Perceptual interfaces for immersive activities
  • Activity recognition
  • Graph-based approaches merging local and global registrations
  • Automatic extraction of 3D building models from multiple images and other data
  • Computational models of the human visual system
  • Early vision
  • Data structures and representations needed for high-level vision
  • Shape representation and extraction
  • Range data analysis
  • Use of motion for recognition and interpretation
  • Architectures and languages for image processing
  • Multimodal and multisensor models of image formation
  • Motion analysis, visual navigation and active vision
  • Geometrical and structural models of objects and scenes
  • Fractal and chaos theory in image analysis
  • Modelling of human visual perception and mental imagery
  • Structure reconstruction, 3D imaging and image synthesis
  • Infrared, laser, sonar, etc. imaging
  • Virtual reality and pictorial interaction
  • Pictorial databases and archiving
  • Applications of computational geometry in vision and graphic systems
  • IOT in healthcare
  • Healthcare data analytics
  • Sensors in healthcare
  • Security issue in healthcare 

 

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 30 August, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 September, 2017
Final versions due: 30 October, 2017

27 June 2017

Special issue published: "Recent Advances in Machine Learning and Data Mining"

International Journal of Data Science 2(2) 2017.
  • An optimal policy for a deteriorating item with generalised deterioration rate and time-dependent demand under permissible delay in payment
  • Improved real time A*-fuzzy controller for improving multi-robot navigation and its performance analysis 
  • Integrated framework for semantic text mining and ontology construction using inference engine 
  • A modified fruit fly optimisation for classification of financial distress using FLANN

26 June 2017

Special issue published: "Big Data and Social Computing Analytics"

International Journal of Social Computing and Cyber-Physical Systems 1(4) 2016.  
  • A hybrid framework for social tag recommendation using context driven social information
  • Malware detection techniques and tools for Android 
  • Opinion mining for digital India scheme using fuzzy sets 
  • Big data characteristics, challenges, architectures, analytics and applications: a review

Additional paper
  • A method of designing an access mechanism for social networks
 

Special issue published: "Smart Energy Grids: Part 2"

International Journal of Process Systems Engineering 4(2/3) 2017.
  • Status and opportunity for distributed energy resources and microgrids in meeting the New York State energy vision 
  • Supervisory control of a resilient DC microgrid for commercial buildings 
  • Fuzzy logic-based charging strategy for electric vehicles plugged into a smart grid 
  • Analysis of non-sinusoidal wave generation during electric vehicle charging and their impacts on the power system   
  • Analysis of elevator drives energy consumptions with permanent magnet machines

Additional papers
  • Effect of treatment temperature on microstructure and properties of nickel-zirconia anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells
  • Energy management strategy for AC/DC microgrid 
  • Design of an energy management system for research institutes and organisations in Iran

23 June 2017

Call for papers: "Economic Growth and Sustainable Development"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Business and Globalisation.

In the context of rising consumption standards in less-developed, developing and developed countries along with rapid population growth in developing countries, achieving the goal of sustainable development is a major challenge facing the world today.
 
Economists have used the term sustainable development in an attempt to clarify the balance between economic growth on the one hand and conservation and protection of the environment on the other. Sustainable development refers to “expanding the economy’s production levels to meet the needs for goods and services of the present population, without undermining the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Thus economic growth will be sustainable if the stock of capital assets including land and raw materials remains constant or increases over time.
 
The purpose of this special issue is to discuss the importance of sustainable development in growth processes – particularly the role of economic policy (both monetary and fiscal) in creating overall growth and sustainability of countries.
 
Economic growth without environmental considerations can cause serious environmental damage, in turn impairing the quality of life of present and future generations. Such environmental degradation imposes a long-run cost for the economy and also society, and therefore needs to be explicitly factored into a country’s macroeconomic policy.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Financial development and economic growth
  • Economic sustainability including capacity building, integrated decision making and
  • consumption and production
  • Green economy
  • Green growth
  • Neoclassical and endogenous growth models
  • Growth and income distribution
  • Environmental economics
  • Return and long-run growth
  • Financial innovation and growth in the global economy
  • Conventional monetary policy, money supply and credit
  • Fiscal and monetary policy coordination
  • Public economics, welfare
  • Relationships between consumption, saving and investment
  • Business fluctuation/cycles and economic growth
  • Econometric/mathematical modelling of economic growth processes
  • Finance, finance institutions, corporative finance
  • International trade and sustainable economic growth
  • Labour and sustainable economic growth
 
Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 15 November, 2017
Notification to authors: 5 February, 2018
Final versions due: 1 April, 2018

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  • Coopetition within and between value networks - a typology and a modelling framework
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Call for papers: "The Information, Innovation and Value Chain Nexus: Methods and Policy Analysis"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems.

This special issue aims to present research that elaborates on the links between information, innovation and sustainable value chains.
 
Recently developed computational tools based on graph-theoretic and network analyses promise the characterisation of complex interactions in networks and systems with a view to designing policy interventions for better performing value chains. Over the past 15 years or so, research into innovation and information systems has substantially increased with little effort to analyse their links to value chains. A major setback in this regard has been basing the analysis on loosely defined innovation systems, thus hindering the characterisation of channels that underpin the development of sustainable value chains. Therefore, this special issue aims to generate new knowledge on the links/interactions between innovation, information and value chains.
 
The scope of this issue is three-fold: (1) developing conceptual, actor-based and/or functional innovation systems and their linkages to value chains, (2) representing them as models that allow quantitative analysis of innovation policy interventions and value chain performance, and (3) illustrating application using concepts and tools from graph theory, network analysis, etc.
 
The gap in the literature (i.e. the lack of sufficient quantitative and impact analysis of innovation policy interventions) should be addressed with consideration of the “triple or quadruple helix innovation system” – that is, science, industry, government and civil society. Technological and social innovations need to be embedded within a unified perspective that helps to illuminate the role of social processes in innovations and better performing value chains.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Conceptual modelling and benchmarking of sectoral innovation systems (i.e. structure, conduct, performance); systems analysis (control, functions, processes) using concepts and tools from graph theory, network analysis, etc.; counter-factual scenario analysis of alternative innovation policy interventions
  • Conceptual modelling and benchmarking of sectoral value chain systems (incorporating sectoral value chains, information and innovation systems); designing new business processes within the sectoral value chain; counter-factual scenario analysis of alternative sectoral policy interventions
  • Triple and/or quadruple helix innovation systems; interactions of social and technological innovations with sectoral value chains; civil society engagement in innovation processes; role of socially embedded relationships (e.g. cooperation, collaboration, networking) in innovation system and sectoral value chain performance
  • Macro and sectoral policies, institutions/governance structures, social processes and market conditions influencing sectoral innovation systems and sectoral value chains
  • Impact analysis: (semi)quantitative measurement of the economic, social and environmental impact of innovation policy interventions, social innovations and new business processes within the sectoral value chain system, and its implications for sustainable development
 
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 31 January, 2018
Notification to authors: 30 April, 2018
Final versions due: 30 June, 2018


22 June 2017

Call for papers: "Applications of Information Management and System Engineering"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Product Development.

The aim of the special issue is to present the latest advances, problems, challenges and research results in the field of information management and system engineering, along with the links between scientific research and practical implementation.
 
In today's business world, the survival of industries and organisations is fully dependent on their ability to adapt to their changing environment in ways which support rapid development and the introduction of innovative products and services. Information technology and its management facilitate such activities and provide adequate resources for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of an organisation's product development activities. Furthermore, the field of system engineering is constantly changing and growing as systems become increasingly complex.
 
Technology alone cannot provide solutions to all the problems involved in engineering a system. Thus a blueprint is needed to identify and define the actual problem, and to show how to effectively and efficiently develop a system that satisfies end users and all other stakeholders while organising the information that is needed to develop the right solution, and also communicating that information to all affected parties while integrating the technical and non-technical product team. Due consideration should be given to the needs of the world at large, e.g. environmental balance, social harmony and economic stability.
 
The primary objective of this special issue is to explore thorough, in-depth and well-focused developments in the field of information management and system engineering. The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of presented research contribution at the International Conference on Recent Advances and Applications in Computer Engineering 2017, 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:
  • Product information management
  • ERP systems
  • Product data management
  • Engineering data management
  • Product resource management
  • Product lifecycle management
  • Engineering process management
  • Engineering change management
  • Program management and engineering processes
  • Media asset management
  • Cross-media publishing
  • Enterprise content management
  • Dynamic product development
  • WWW-based information management systems
  • IT-based knowledge management systems
  • IT-based tools
  • Virtual customer environments
  • Health information technologies
  • Complex product systems
  • Integrated product development
  • Risk management
  • Quality for measuring capabilities and performance
  • Enterprise resource planning
  • Economic models and frameworks
  • Service management
  • Automotive product development
  • Smart product engineering
  • Sustainable development
 
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 9 January, 2018
Notification to authors: 6 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 6 April, 2018

Diversity in the face of globalization

Researchers from Canada and Morocco are working together to define globalization and to place it in the context of culture. They write in the Journal of Global Business Advancement how globalization is a self-contradictory phenomenon. Across academia where efforts are made to understand the nature of engagement and interaction in the global market with respect to cultural diversity, the negotiated exchanges of human capital, the allocation and distribution of financial resources, the fair exchange of goods and services, and the flow of shared information in a borderless world, there are controversies surrounding how culture affects globalization and vice versa.

Abderrahman Hassi of the School of Business Administration, Al Akhawayn University, in Ifrane, Morocco is working with Giovanna Storti of Employment and Social Development Canada, in National Capital Region, Canada to understand this interplay. Their research suggests that insightful and logical debate can arise with a clearer understanding of cultural diversity within organizations as their activities unfold on the world stage through globalization of modern economics.

Moreover, the team suggests that “nations that are part of cultural global exchanges on a regular basis do not lose sight of their cultural distinctiveness. They interpret cultural rudiments in ways that make them compatible and functional with their culture.” The worry always having been that globalization equates to loss of diversity through “homogenization” of different cultures, the Americanisation of language and pop music, for instance. “Standardization does not have to mean the taking on of all aspects of a Western way of life. Individuals in human societies instinctively rely on what is deeply rooted and entrenched within the core of their being in order to express their particular differences in respect to their customs, traditions, inventions and discoveries,” the team reports”. Indeed cultures, nations, organizations and individuals within those can grasp the benefits of globalization, but can, nevertheless, also cling to what makes them different culturally.

The team adds that, “Globalization by definition promotes the flow of cultural customs, practices and norms along with cross-border exchanges of goods and services, however, both individuals and organizations need to grasp the cultural implications of these flows to get the most out of interactions that occur with other cultures.” They conclude that “If we choose to follow a route based on standardized practices across cultures, organizations need to familiarize themselves about these practices and should adjust their plans accordingly to reflect and respect indigenous cultural particularities.” Of course, whether or not that happens remains to be seen. It might be that ultimately globalization means homogenization and not the preservation of diversity.

Hassi, A. and Storti, G. (2017) ‘Interplay between the convoluting forces of culture and globalisation‘, J. Global Business Advancement, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp.261-280.

Special issue published: "Personalisation in E-Government and Smart Cities"

International Journal of Electronic Governance 9(1/2) 2017
  • A systems tool for structuring public policy problems and design of policy options
  • Quality of service improvement based on procedure analysis and reengineering: a case study in Cameroonian public service
  • Open data project for e-government: case study of Stockholm open data project
Special section
  • MuSe: a semantic solution for personalised recommendations of municipality services
  • SEPIR: a semantic and personalised information retrieval tool for the public administration based on distributional semantics
  • Personalised community maps

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Call for papers: "Supply Chain Management in the Agriculture Industry"

For a special issue of the Journal of Supply Chain Relocation.

Human lifestyle has changed drastically in recent years. Today people consume in a more diversified way, and this has major implications for manufacturing and supply chain operations. Compared to how things were previously, products are needed in many more different forms and places. This has generated a need to transform the traditional supply chain into a more modern one.

A topic related to this is the relocation of manufacturing and supply chain operations. Another related topic is the utilisation of new technology to improve supply chain performance. The agriculture industry is lagging behind compared to other industries and is in need of further development.

The aim of this special issue is to investigate different kinds of approaches, plans and actions that may assist in the process of transforming traditional supply chains in the agriculture industry into more modern ones. Young scholars and doctoral students are especially welcome to contribute in this issue. We hope to generate new strategies, systems and models to improve and facilitate supply chains in the agriculture industry, and are particularly interested in research that specifically focuses on supply chain relocation in this context.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Integration of biotechnology and supply chain management
  • Innovation of supply chains in agriculture
  • Responsible agricultural supply chains
  • Big data applications in agricultural supply chains
  • Production innovation
  • Agricultural recreation
  • E-commerce of agriculture
  • Material procurement
  • Sustainable relocation for agriculture
  • Supply chain relocation for organic farming

Important Dates
Submission of manuscripts: 28 February, 2018


21 June 2017

Special issue published: "Man Machine Interface (MMI)"

International Journal of Knowledge Engineering and Soft Data Paradigms 5(3/4) 2016
  • Ontology-based job recommendation system with dynamic source updates by slowly changing source detection
  • An incremental hybrid decode-amplify forward selection for wireless relaying networks
  • Genetic programming-based evolution of classification trees for decision support in banking sector
  • Rank propagated secured path selection technique for mobile ad hoc networks
  • Performance enhancement of wireless ad-hoc networks using PLR-based routing protocols
  • Functional mechanism of DRX parameters for power saving and latency in LTE network
  • Interference mitigation in femtocell networks by efficient frequency reuse
  • Hybrid data mining model for the classification and prediction of medical datasets
  • An energy efficient routing protocol using hybrid evolutionary algorithm in wireless sensor networks
  • Implementation of Menezes Vanstone elliptical curve cryptography algorithm using matrix mapping method
  • A clustering-based ontology matching technique using cognitive theory and concept importance

Inderscience is media partner for 4th Annual HSE for Unconventional Oil and Gas

Inderscience is a media partner for 4th Annual HSE for Unconventional Oil and Gas (20-21 September 2017, Houston, USA).

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

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation

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  • A technology park with a triple helix trajectory: Tecnosinos-São Leopold's technology park (Brazil)
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  • Technological alliance drivers, formation and performance: the case of Korean high-tech SMEs
  • Analysis perspective on environmental (in)justice basis of fracking policy: take a Texas city for example
  • Technology transfer models: typology and a generic model
  • Alliance strategy in R&D contractual projects for the energy sector: perspective of the knowledge and resource-based views

Special issue published: "3D Anthropometric Databases and Their Applications"

International Journal of the Digital Human 1(4) 2016
  • Anthropometry model generation based on ANSUR II database
  • Application of massive 3D head and facial scan datasets in ergonomic head-product design
  • Data-driven three-dimensional reconstruction of human bodies using a mobile phone app
  • Individualised avatars with complete anatomy constructed from the ANSUR II 3-D anthropometric database
  • Comparing 2D image features on viewpoint independence using 3D anthropometric dataset

20 June 2017

Inderscience is media partner for World Anti-Microbial Resistance Congress USA

Inderscience is a media partner for World Anti-Microbial Resistance Congress USA (14-15 September 2017, Washington, USA).

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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Electronic Governance

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  • Towards personal data services: a view on some enabling factors
  • A methodology for recording, analysing and prioritising public services
  • Federated identity management in e-government: lessons learned and the path forward
  • On federated single sign-on in e-government interoperability frameworks

The rise and fall of the automobile

Back in September 2015 the world discovered that a leading car manufacturer had been cheating in its emissions tests. The company had illicitly installed engine management software, known as a “defeat device”, in its diesel vehicles. The software switched the engine to a lower performance, cleaner exhaust emissions mode that allowed it to pass the US Environmental Protection Agency, and other regulators’ emissions tests. When the car was on the road rather than on the test ramp, however, the software switched the engine to a more polluting, higher performance mode and allowed the vehicles to spew out higher levels of pollution than are allowed under regulations.

The defeat device gave drivers the performance they were after from the vehicles but hid the e environmental cost of that performance behind false emissions data. The company in question, Volkswagen, one of the most prestigious vehicles marques of the last half a century is now paying the price in terms of perception of its global brand. Research published in the Journal of Global Business Advancement, suggests that this fraud has had a significantly detrimental impact on the company and muses on how consumer trust in the brand might be rebuilt.

Adnan Latif of the College of Business Administration, at the University of Dammam, in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, asks “Is it the beginning of the end for this giant brand or will it restore its image among its millions of consumers?” Volkswagen has its origins as a company founded in Nazi Germany in 1937 as Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH. Later it was renamed Volkswagenwerk but was operated and controlled by the German Labour Front, the Nazi Party initially. After World War II it subsumed Audi and Bentley but it was many years before the US market would ignore its Nazi origins. By 2014, however, the company had factories in 31 countries and was a multinational company with an enormous share of the ever-expanding vehicle market. Global brand value was $8 billion and brand revenue $139.5 billion.

Latif has an interesting take on the VW deceit and scandal in that it does not represent a fault or safety issue but rather suggests even greater engineering skills, albeit illicit, among the companies’ designers, engineers and programmers to have pulled of such a deception for many years. “Even though the news is negative it does have a twisted positive side and is different from all the rest of auto malfunction cases,” Latif explains. “It does not carry the scar of incompetent auto engineering as has happened with several other manufacturers in recent years.” He adds that “Instead it could be perceived as a well-planned genius covert engineering operation that fooled the world for almost half a decade.” Adding: “Young high-tech consumers might now be attracted even more to VW diesel cars which they might perceive as not being made by incompetent people but by VW engineers possessing the hacker’s evil genius mind.”

Latif, A.A. (2017) ‘Volkswagen brand: the fall of an auto empire‘, J. Global Business Advancement, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp.281-304.

Call for papers: "Applications of Hybrid Bio Inspired Algorithms"

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

The aim of the special issue will be to highlight the latest advances, problems and challenges and to present the latest research results in the field of hybrid bio inspired systems with a link to scientific research and its practical implementation. Hybrid bio inspired systems are those systems where technology is in symbiosis with living systems. The idea of bio inspired computing has also been to search for parallels between natural and computational systems and to propose a solution found by nature in computing problems. More recently, hybrid approach is being efficiently and effectively used to solve some real world problems. Hence, hybrid bio inspired algorithms are playing a pivotal role in finding the optimal desired way to solve extremely dynamic, difficult, and robust problems. They are becoming popular due to their capabilities in handling many real world complex problems, involving imprecision, uncertainty and vagueness, and high-dimensionality.

In the past few decades there has been an interesting rise in the application of hybrid bio inspired algorithms. The primary objective of this special issue will be to bring forward thorough, in-depth, and well-focused development in the field of hybrid bio inspired algorithms which include integration of neural networks, expert system, fuzzy system, global optimisation algorithms with each other, different learning paradigms, knowledge based neural networks, hybrid optimisation techniques, intelligent agent based integrations, hybridisation of soft computing with machine learning techniques, etc.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Recent Advances and Applications in Computer Engineering (RAACE2017), 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:
  • Pure and applied mathematics
  • Extended tools for fuzzy and similarity based reasoning
  • Case-based reasoning
  • Virtual reality and multimedia processing
  • Natural language processing
  • Genetic engineering
  • Agent-based techniques
  • Bioinformatics
  • Preference modelling and decision making
  • Knowledge engineering applications
  • Ontologies and semantic web
  • Business and economics
  • Medical engineering
  • Information retrieval and text mining
  • Decision support system
  • Fuzzy system and expert systems
  • Robotics
  • Soft computing
  • Neural networks
  • Search-based software engineering
  • Data mining
  • Intrusion detection and security
  • E-learning and intelligent tutoring system
  • Web mining
  • Internet modelling and communication and networking
  • Control and automation

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 7 January, 2018
Notification to authors: 7 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 7 May, 2018

New Editor for International Journal of the Digital Human

Dr. Vincent Duffy from Purdue University in the USA has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of the Digital Human.

19 June 2017

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Call for papers: "Technological Innovation in SDN/NFV, Cloud Computing and Big Data"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems.

The objective of this issue will be to produce novel and fundamental advances in terms of technological innovation in the fields of SDN/NFV, Cloud Computing and Big Data. It will also serve to foster communication among researchers and practitioners working in a wide variety of scientific areas with a common interest in improving SDN/NFV, Cloud Computing and Big Data Analysis related techniques. It will act as medium for IT industry, scientists and research scholar across the globe to showcase their research and recent advances in this field. This issue will set off a wave of reform in many areas, and will gradually create more value for humans.

We will solicit high quality original research papers in all aspects of SDN/NFV, Cloud Computing and Big Data related to improvements in networks, cloud computing and big data platforms and services as well as applications utilising such platforms.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Intelligent Communication, Control and Devices (ICICCD-2017), the International Conference on Computing Communication and Automation (ICCCA-2017), the 3rd International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communication and Automation (ICACCA-2017) and the 3rd International Conference On Internet of Things: Smart Innovation and Usages (IoT-SIU 2018), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conferences to submit articles for this call.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • NFV and SDN
    • SDN architectures, application programming interfaces, protocols, and programming languages
    • Control plane architectures and network operating systems in NFV and SDN infrastructures
    • Design of SDN-based forwarding elements (switch/router, optical, wireless, gateways, etc.)
    • Tools for validating network services and automating their deployment and management
    • Applying compositional patterns for parallelism, control logic, performance, monitoring and reliability of network services
    • Application of Big Data models and analytics to NFV and SDN
    • Management, monitoring, and metering in NFV and SDN-based networks
    • Data plane and control plane scalability and inter-operability studies
    • Applications enabled by NFV and SDN networks.
    • Commercial and economic models and implications for NFV and SDN ecosystems
    • Service and information orchestration/chaining and life-cycle management
  • Cloud computing
    • Datacentre and cloud networking
    • Cloud storage
    • Cloud resource management and virtualisation
    • Cloud applications
    • Mobile cloud computing
    • High-performance cloud computing
    • Cloud and cluster computing platforms and systems
    • Large-scale graph processing systems
    • Green cloud computing and datacenter energy optimisations
    • GPU and FPGA cloud computing and processing
    • Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud
    • Cloud services – Infrastructure/Platform/Software as a Service (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)
    • Security and privacy in the cloud
    • Interactive big-data analytics
    • Big data management and analysis
    • Intelligence in the cloud
    • Large-scale machine learning and statistical analysis approaches in the cloud
  • Big data science and foundations
    • Novel theoretical models for big data
    • New computational models for big data
    • Data and information quality for big data
    • New data standards
  • Big data infrastructure
    • Cloud/grid/stream computing for big data
    • High performance/parallel computing platforms for big data
    • Autonomic computing and cyber-infrastructure, system architectures, design and deployment
    • Energy-efficient computing for big data
    • Programming models and environments for cluster, cloud, and grid computing to support big data
    • Software techniques and architectures in cloud/grid/stream computing
    • Big data open platforms
    • New programming models for big data beyond Hadoop/MapReduce, STORM
    • Software systems to support big data computing
  • Big data management
    • Search and mining of variety of data including scientific and engineering, social, sensor/IoT/IoE, and multimedia data
    • Algorithms and systems for big data search
    • Distributed, and peer-to-peer search
    • Big data search architectures, scalability and efficiency
    • Data acquisition, integration, cleaning, and best practices
    • Visualisation analytics for big data
    • Computational modelling and data integration
    • Large-scale recommendation systems and social media systems
  • Big data search and mining
    • Social web search and mining
    • Algorithms and systems for big data search
    • Distributed and peer-to-peer search
    • Big data search architectures, scalability and efficiency
    • Data acquisition, integration, cleaning, and best practices
    • Visualisation analytics for big data
    • Computational modelling and data integration
    • Large-scale recommendation systems and social media systems
    • Cloud/grid/streamdata mining- big velocity data
  • Big data security, privacy and trust
    • Intrusion detection for gigabit networks
    • Anomaly and APT detection in very large scale systems
    • High performance cryptography
    • Visualising large scale security data
    • Threat detection using big data analytics
    • Privacy threats of big data
    • Privacy preserving big data collection/analytics
    • HCI challenges for big data security and privacy
  • Big data applications
    • Complex Big Data Applications in Science, Engineering, Medicine, Healthcare, Finance, Business, Law, Education, Transportation, Retailing, Telecommunication
    • Big Data Analytics in Small Business Enterprises (SMEs)
    • Big Data Analytics in Government, Public Sector and Society in General
    • Real-life Case Studies of Value Creation through Big Data Analytics
    • Big Data as a Service
    • Big Data Industry Standards

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

Special issue published: "Advances in Context-Specific Research"

Journal for Global Business Advancement 10(3) 2017.
  • Green marketing strategies: how do they influence consumer-based brand equity?
  • Testing SERVQUAL in a smart service environment: evidence from oil and gas sector of the UAE 
  • Interplay between the convoluting forces of culture and globalisation 
  • Volkswagen brand: the fall of an auto empire 
  • Bangladeshi consumers' purchasing intention towards organic meat 
  • Marketing capability, marketing strategy implementation and performance in small firms

Inderscience is media partner for 3rd Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability

Inderscience is a media partner for 3rd Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability (14 - 16 November 2017, London, UK).

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18 June 2017

Free sample articles from the International Journal of Precision Technology

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Precision Technology are now available here for free:

Call for papers: " Technology-driven Globalisation Trends and Practice in Green Marketing Business Intelligence"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Management Practice.

Our goal is to develop a communication platform between researchers and to become a forum for exchanging ideas and business experiences at an international level. Globalisation is creating a major influence on culture, and slowly, a global culture is emerging, which reflects merging of tastes and preferences across the globe.

Future global businesses require a non-traditional style and creative approach and accordingly orient strategic decisions of businesses. IT is a major tool used to get a competitive advantage. Green marketing is a tool for protecting the environment for the future generation. Because of the growing concern of environmental protection, there is an emergence of a new market which is the green market.

The melting of barriers among nations and their increasing interconnectedness, accelerated by technology, has led to a change in the world order that has had a profound impact on global business. The emergence of nations has replaced the era of unquestioned dominance of the Western countries or any one particular region, paving the way for a flattened business arena where developments in one part of the other are certain to have a spiralling impact. Perhaps the best evidence of this is the recent financial crisis. Increased free trade and communication between nations, along with increased access to technology, media, education, healthcare, consumer goods, and other resources are often considered advantages of globalisation. Globalisation attracts entry of foreign capital along with foreign updated technology which improves the quality of production. Globalisation facilitates consumer goods industries to expand faster to meet growing demand for these consumer goods which would result faster expansion of employment opportunities over a period of time. This would result trickledown effect to reduce the proportion of population living below the poverty line.

Globalisation enhances the efficiency of the banking insurance and financial sectors with the opening up to those areas to foreign capital, foreign banks and insurance companies. If the current wave of globalisation has been the driving force behind the most far-reaching and powerful changes in business, then information technology has indisputably been the facilitator. Drawing attention to the fact that most innovative companies are technology-driven businesses and supply chains are managed via websites, social media, and email; marketing, manufacturing, and distribution processes are managed by sophisticated real-time information systems. Its goal is to achieve international recognition through a high visibility in well-known international academic databases.

Articles from all business areas are welcomed. Both theoretical and practical manuscripts are expected. Globalisation has been rising side by side with the increase in available technology and convenience of improved transportation. Technology has made it simpler for people to communicate across borders, and has also lead to a decline in the cost of transportation. Globalised transportation has become very profitable resulting in additional research and improved transportation technology. In addition, the digital revolution has also made globalisation increase.

International businesses can now communicate with others through the ease of the email, telephone conferences, and videoconferences. It is now much less expensive for business people to pick up the telephone and ask their colleagues a quick question about a transaction that they are currently working on. The increase in telecommunications development had to do with a cause-effect relationship between technological development and the deregulation of financial market policies. New technology revealed how inefficient the financial market regulations were to begin with, and the deregulations of the financial market regulations lead to an increased investment in telecommunications, which then lead to increase technological advances.

Green marketing is the process of selling products and/or services based on their environmental benefits. Green marketing is typically practiced by companies that are committed to sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. More organisations are making an effort to implement sustainable business practices as they recognise that in doing so they can make their products more attractive to consumers and also reduce expenses, including packaging, transportation, energy/water usage, etc. Businesses are increasingly discovering that demonstrating a high level of social responsibility can increase brand loyalty among socially conscious consumers. The short version of all this is that green marketing requires applying good marketing principles to make green products desirable for consumers. For companies to survive in this market, they need to go green in all aspect of their business. Consumers want to identify themselves with companies that are green compliant and are willing to pay a premium for a greener life style. As such, green marketing is not just an environmental protection tool but also, a marketing strategy.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Evolution of global marketing based on gender stereotypes
  • Gender perspectives of global marketing behaviour
  • International and cross-cultural marketing
  • Social media and the use of gender in global marketing
  • Ethical issues about gender in marketing practices
  • Marketing of online campaigns and social media
  • Managing global brand, local market online
  • Creating a strong governance and online initiatives
  • Successful social networking marketing strategies
  • Managing and optimising multi-channel marketing
  • Blogging and e-newsletters for business success
  • Advertising/marketing communication issues
  • Branding and conceptual models and theories
  • Corporate responsibility, ethics and social responsibility
  • Distribution channels and electronic marketing
  • Innovation and new product development
  • Marketing: green blog from media post
  • Marketing research and research methodologies
  • Sustainable development through green marketing
  • Marketing strategies for halal certified products and services
  • Retailing, services marketing
  • Strategic marketing and market orientation
  • Consumers wiliness for green products
  • Sustainability and green marketing
  • Public sector marketing and communication
  • Network analysis in social marketing
  • Social media and marketing budget company strategy
  • Forecasting, tools, techniques, organisational issues
  • Marketing strategy and firm's performance analytics tools
  • Marketing decision support systems
  • Branding strategies and impact on consumers
  • Customer relationship management metrics 

 

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 September, 2017

First issue: International Journal of Knowledge Management in Tourism and Hospitality

International Journal of Knowledge Management in Tourism and Hospitality provides a forum for academics and practitioners to contribute to the body of knowledge on hospitality. With the industry in dynamic change and consumers with ever more demanding expectations, IJKMTH aims to develop a platform where new theoretical and practical topics are presented with the vision to enhance as well as maintain a leadership role within the hospitality literature.

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

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17 June 2017

Free sample articles newly available from Journal of Design Research

The following sample articles from the Journal of Design Research are now available here for free:

Call for papers: "Data Centre Networking and Cloud Computing"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms.

There is rapid growth in the use of smart electronic devices, along with the deep availability of wireless networks. Companies and individuals prefer to outsource their data in the cloud to keep the data secured but if the private data is leaked the impact of the consequences will be critical. Hence, to create a safe and secured environment, cloud computing and the Internet of Things have progressively expanded to cover applications in many daily life contexts.

The developments in network research have been fuelled by the recognition of complex systems as a subject of scientific inquiry and methodological advances in the spread of information and the transfer of knowledge among networks through the identification of shortest paths and the analysis of diffusion problems.

The objective of this special issue will be to bring together research contributions on the design, specification, architectural implementation, protocols, and algorithms focusing on the theme of networking in more complex, dynamic and hyperconnected environments.

We invite researchers to contribute original research articles that will explore the continuing efforts to understand the novel techniques that lead to future improvements in data centre networking and cloud computing.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference for Phoenixes on Emerging Current Trends in Engineering And Management (PECTEAM-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:
  • Bio-computing
  • Ad-hoc network
  • Wireless sensor network
  • Internet of things
  • Cloud security and virtualisation
  • Web mining
  • Mobile computing
  • High performance computing, social computing
  • Data mining and data warehouse
  • Peer to peer computing

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 21 May, 2018
Notification to authors: 17 July, 2018
Final versions due by: 29 September, 2018

Inderscience is media partner for Microbiology East Coast

Inderscience is a media partner for Microbiology East Coast (13 - 14 November 2017, New Jersey, USA).

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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies are now available here for free:
  • Teaching marketing ethics: a preliminary study
  • Significance of the speed of internationalisation for born global firms - a multiple case study approach 
  • Openly innovative entrepreneurship practice: cost-effective 3D printing electronic prosthetic hand 
  • Public relations' practitioners view on public relations and digital media: a brief literature review 
  • Pre-service teachers' knowledge construction in English lesson plan designs 
  • A cross-cultural perspective on creative leadership and change management: a case study of the influence of Barack Obama's early years 
  • Internationalisation process of a worldwide leading company - Get More Electronics: a teaching case study