31 July 2017

Free sample articles newly available from European Journal of International Management

The following sample articles from the European Journal of International Management are now available here for free:
  • Validation of a measure of social entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial orientation in the emerging Russian regulatory context: the criticality of interpersonal relationships
  • Standardisation vs. adaption: a conjoint experiment on the influence of psychic, cultural and geographical distance on international marketing mix decisions
  • Linking corporate social responsibility and financial performance in Spanish firms
  • Challenges in international survey research: a review with illustrations and suggested solutions for best practice
  • Top management retention in cross-border acquisitions: the roles of financial incentives, acquirer's commitment and autonomy
  • Effectiveness of talent management strategies
  • European perspectives on talent management
  • Mergers and acquisitions performance paradox: the mediating role of integration approach
  • Gender differences in expatriate adjustment
  • Cultural values in organisations: insights for Europe
  • Critical issues in international management research: an agenda for future advancement

Anonymity, scoundrels, and free speech

Christoph Bezemek of the Institute of Public Law and Political Science, at the University of Graz, Austria, tells a tale of his school history teacher who purported that only “scoundrels” sent letters to a newspaper anonymously. His teacher’s argument being that public discourse as a democratic society’s bonding agent and so those who wish their voice to be heard should not hide behind a veil of anonymity. And yet, in a free society, surely one should have the right to a voice whether anonymous or not, after all throughout history often the messenger was at the lethal end of the phrase: the pen is mightier than the sword.

In the modern world, where everyone is a messenger thanks to online social networking and social media, there seems an even greater need to protect the right of an individual to remain anonymous in public discourse if they chose to do so and perhaps even to have the prerogative to encrypt their message and so limit its audience. This does not necessarily conflict with the notion of civic courage,
Being anonymous is often the only way to honourably, rather than perniciously, spread an opinion especially when faced with fraudulent scoundrels who hold power. There is a long tradition of anonymous pamphleteering that continues onto today’s digital age. At least in democratic nations, it is established sufficiently that the principle of anonymous free speech lies at the very core of that democracy. Everyone should have the right to free speech and to whether or not they make their name public in their declarations. Whether they are anonymous or not we all have the right to listen or to ignore them.

As governments start to ban encryption technology and virtual private networks (VPNs) or request technology companies to grant them “backdoor access” into computer systems, we must be vigilant that free speech may still be exercised, whether openly or anonymously; even if by scoundrels.

Bezemek, C. (2017) ‘Behind a veil of obscurity – anonymity, encryption, free speech and privacy‘, Int. J. Technology Policy and Law, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp.3-15.

28 July 2017

Always take the weather with you

The advent of mobile communications devices and in particular the internet-connected smart phone and tablet means that users can have access to almost any information they desire with the tap or swipe of a screen. That evergreen conversational topic, the weather forecast, is perhaps one of the most universally accessed pieces of information that people access. Now, writing in the International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing, a research team from Southern Cross University, Gold Coast Campus, Australia, explain how they have developed a predictive model of user acceptance and the value of weather software applications, so-called “apps”. Their research could help future research into this burgeoning area of human activity as well as offering the developers of such apps insights into user needs and other information.

Until the advent of the Internet and more specifically the public World Wide Web, most people got their weather forecast from their daily print newspaper, the broadcast media (radio and television) or simply by looking out of their window. Information and communications technology have advanced considerably in the last two decades and even more so in the last ten years. Now, almost everyone has in their pocket a networked computer more powerful than the room-sized machines of the mid -twentieth century that took astronauts to the Moon and ran the earliest incarnation of the internet itself.

These devices are ubiquitous and provide near instantaneous access to almost any information a user might want via inbuilt web browsers, email clients and the aforementioned apps. Almost every media organization offers a weather app tied to its broadcast channels, website and in increasingly rare instances, its printed output. For a weather app to be accepted it has to be trusted, it has to work seamlessly and it has to be easy to use.

Bryant, Wilde and Smart have carried out quantitative social research via survey to find out how users engage with such weather apps and what they perceive as the pros and cons, and the essential qualities of a weather app. They have correlated the data with specific apps. Primarily, users are only interested in using simple, easy to install weather apps. But, they must also trust the app, an app that forecasts sunny days when it’s raining will be quickly uninstalled and replaced by a more trustworthy app. The data suggests that females are more likely to use an Apple iPhone and its preinstalled weather app than to use another brand of phone, such as an Android phone, and seek out a third-party app. Trustworthiness also applies in the context of personal data and privacy in that an app needs to know the user’s location to offer a useful forecast for that place. Moreover, as with many other apps, users must trust that a specific piece of software with access to one’s phone data and accounts does not compromise one’s privacy.

Bryant, M.J., Wilde, S.J. and Smart, W.J. (2017) ‘Taking the weather with you: user acceptance, trust and value of weather apps on smartphones’, Int. J. Social and Humanistic Computing, Vol. 2, Nos. 3/4, pp.247–260.

25 July 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Inventory Research

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Inventory Research are now available here for free:
  • An integrated production-inventory model with preservation technology investment for time-varying deteriorating item under time and price sensitive demand
  • Manufacturing newsvendors and inventory pooling with nonlinear production costs
  • Coordinating inventory decisions in a two-echelon supply chain through the target sales rebate contract
  • Analysing a fuzzy integrated inventory-production-distribution planning problem with maximum NPV of cash flows in a closed-loop supply chain
  • Lead time uncertainty and supply chain coordination in lost sales inventory models

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Education Economics and Development

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  • The development of learning process quality in improving the student's learning outcomes level of referral vocational school in Indonesia
  • Educating project managers in the 21st-century economy: a field study on the adoption of social and collaborative tools as low-cost alternatives for project communication
  • The application of production functions to Iranian higher education system
  • Effects of different types of quizzes on student effort investment behaviour and learning outcomes
  • Public education expenditure and food inequality in rural India: an analysis in major states of India during 1983-2012
  • Emerging practices of consumer financial education (CFE) in the microinsurance industry: a case of South Africa

24 July 2017

International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management to publish extended articles from International Conference on Emerging Trends in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Emerging Trends in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (13 - 14 October 2017, Gurugram, India) will be published by the International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management.

Special issue published: "Innovative Mobile Technology"

International Journal of Image Mining 2(3/4) 2017.
  • Dynamic salt generation for mobile data security using elliptic curves against precomputation attacks
  • Analysis on spectrum sensing schemes for cognitive radio networks
  • Efficient routing for low rate wireless network - a novel approach
  • Active resource allocation design for QoS improvement in wireless broadband interworking networks
  • Spectrum sensing for 4G LTE OFDM signals in heterogeneous network using neural network
  • An efficient network selection algorithms in next-generation heterogeneous wireless networks
  • Multilevel watermarking technique for securing multibiometric templates using DTCWT and SVD
  • Performance of Landweber iteration algorithm in tomographic image reconstruction
  • Performance analysis of colour coded multiple access orthogonal frequency division multiplexing visible light communication system
  • Level control of three-tank system using intelligent techniques

23 July 2017

New free sample article added to Editor's Picks for International Journal of Business and Globalisation

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Person-level entrepreneurial orientation: clues to the 'entrepreneurial mindset'?

Free sample articles newly available from World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development

The following sample articles for World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development are now available here for free:
  • Privatisation, stakeholder power, and weak institutions: the case of the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Optimisation model for industrial complex competitiveness: a path to sustainable innovation process
  • Rethinking the cross-border acquisition process in terms of territorial social responsibility
  • Female entrepreneurs in transition economies: insights from Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo
  • Sustainable development and guidance for entrepreneurship in unfavoured regions: the case of the Alentejo region
  • Karakul sheep production in Kazakhstan: an efficient collective enterprise under the state farm (sovkhoz) system and its collapse with the break-up of the Soviet Union
  • Sustainable consumption and the UK's leading clothing retailers

Call for papers: "Computational Intelligence: Theories, Applications and Future Directions"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing.

The aim of special issue is to raise awareness about Computational Intelligence among the research communities. Traditional computing methods deal with a vast range of applications related to reasoning, decision making, perception building etc. However, Computational Intelligence (CI) deals with dynamical systems more efficiently by embedding and facilitating learning mechanisms. Most of the data is obtained in real time environments from various domains i.e. environment, industry, business, biology, which involves lots of imprecision and vagueness. To address these issues various algorithms, tools or techniques are required which should be adaptive and robust so that they can handle the uncertainty and dynamic nature of the system in an efficient and optimised way.

"CI is a set of biological and linguistic tools and methodologies to address complex real-world problems to which traditional AI approaches may not be very effective. CI comprises of concepts and implementations that ensures intelligent behaviour in complex and dynamic environment.” “Neural Network, Genetic Algorithms, Fuzzy systems, evolutionary programming and artificial life are the building blocks of Computational Intelligence." ------By Robert J. Marks

CI tools enable us to build the systems which are prone to adaption, robust across problem domains, apply extrapolated reasoning and behave intelligently in given state. Major constituents of CI are neural network, evolutionary algorithms, fuzzy systems, and hybrid intelligent systems. Neural network techniques provide capability of computational adaption. A system can improve its parameters without any intervention based on optimising criteria the same as when human learning occurs. Fuzzy systems help in defining the system where we have a rough estimate of the system requirements. Evolutionary algorithms are good enough to optimise parameters and select best among the given constraints. The synergistic effect of these tools may increase their individual performance and gives a better adaptive and highly reliable system. Knowledge representation, reasoning, information mining, discovery science, web intelligence, semantic web, multi agent systems and designing of products i.e. air conditioners, automobile systems, cameras, dishwashers, pattern recognition in remote sensing, video games, are the major areas where CI can be very helpful.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at 2017 International Conference on Computational Intelligence: Theories, Applications and Future Directions (ICCI-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:
  • Computational intelligence
  • Neural networks
  • Evolutionary algorithms
  • Genetic algorithms
  • Fuzzy systems and its applications
  • Optimisation algorithms
  • Neuro-fuzzy systems
  • Industrial applications of computational intelligence
  • Big data analytics
  • Intelligent social informatics
  • Data mining and visualisation
  • Bioinformatics
  • Industrial sensing intelligence
  • Intelligent information retrieval
  • Pattern recognition, image and video processing
  • Intelligent signal processing
  • Industrial automation
  • Swarm intelligence
  • Intelligent agents, systems and control
  • Machine learning algorithms
  • Human machine interaction
  • Experts systems, learning and adaptive control
  • Intelligent monitoring systems
  • Technologies in industrial automation
  • Healthcare systems
  • Internet of things and cyber physical system
  • Smart grid and smart vehicles
  • Natural language processing
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Game theory

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 31 March, 2018
Notification to authors: 31 May, 2018
Final versions due by: 31 July, 2018

22 July 2017

New free sample article added to Editor's Picks for International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business

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Entrepreneurship and universities

Call for papers: "Tourism 2.0 and Supply Chain Analytics: Present Trends and Future Directions"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism.

In recent times, Internet technologies including social media and web 2.0 created a huge impact on tourism, especially in the way tourists create and access information using User Generated Content (UGC) (Xiang & Gretzel, 2010; Xiang, Magnini & Fesenmaier, 2015;Narangajavana et.al., 2017). Social media generates enormous data through different stakeholders (viz. Tourist, Tour Operators, regulators etc.), and the information generated influences the overall supply chain (Jacobsen & Munar, 2012; Joshi, 2017). The Tourism Supply Chain has in recent times turned into a highly information-intensive system while integrating information generation, its dissemination and distribution across TSCM (Yoo & Gretzel, 2009).

Moreover, the innovations driven by the Internet of Things (IoT) (Weber and Weber, 2010; Trequattrini et al., 2016; Murray et al., 2016) have important implications for tourism development, because travel involves movement through time and space and this “smart” environment will grow to be aware of, and be able to address, the travellers’ contextual needs (Gretzel et al., 2015). Whereas the privacy and security concern has become vital in such systems (Yoo & Gretzel, 2009; Weber, 2010; Nie et.al.,2016; Narangajavana et.al., 2017; Choi and Lee, 2017; Zhou, Wang and Li, 2017).

Despite the importance of information and data analysis in Tourism 2.0, there are several challenges and issues, viz.: (a). Tourist digital ecosystem vis-à-vis conventional Tourism Supply Chains; (b). Adoption and Change Management issues towards Digital Tourism/ Smart Tourism; (c). Policy and Strategic Formulation for Tourism 2.0; (d) Big Data Challenges across tourism 2.0 ecosystem.

The special issue aims to discuss and identify the conceptual and practical implication of Tourism Analytics across the supply Chain.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Concepts and theories on Tourism 2.0
  • Web analytics across tourism supply chain
  • Case studies on Tourism 2.0
  • Business models and roles of ICT
  • Security and privacy issues in Tourism 2.0
  • Social network analysis using smart tourism
  • Policy, strategy and management in Tourism 2.0

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 15 February, 2018
Notification to authors: 15 June, 2018
Final versions due by: 15 February, 2019

Inderscience is media partner for Smart Solar PV Forum: Data Analysis and IoT

Inderscience is a media partner for Smart Solar PV Forum: Data Analysis and IoT (26 - 27 October 2017, Berlin, Germany).

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21 July 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Energy from Waste 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Energy from Waste 2017 (6 - 7 December 2017, London, UK).

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

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management are now available here for free:
  • Setting the stage for innovation: towards a conceptual model of the HR-innovation link
  • 'Healthy organisations': developing the self-managing employee
  • Evaluation of a position in a non-profit organisation: employee attitudes and monetary indicators of effectiveness
  • Organisational commitment and turnover intentions in humanitarian organisations
  • Cognitive styles and the effects of stress from cognitive load and time pressures on judgemental decision making with learning simulations: Implications for HRD
  • Transformational leadership: an investigation of Bass's model in the context of Indian professionals
  • Factors influencing the retention of international IT talent: an empirical investigation in Singapore

Call for papers: "Intelligent Techniques for Ad-hoc and Wireless Sensor Networks"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Hybrid Intelligence.

Recently, Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) have gained great attention due to their ability to work effectively in different working fields. However, collecting and processing data in a WSN environment is still a big challenge because of the limitations of WSNs resources. There are great efforts to apply intelligent models in WSNs to collect, transmit, and process data especially in real time applications. This special issue aims to gather latest research and development achievements in this area and to promote their applications in all important fields with society needs. In addition, it aims to set the main guidelines towards building and implementing an intelligent data routing model that improves a WSN's performance.

The issue will provide a systematic overview and state-of-the-art research in the field of intelligent algorithms used in WSNs to improve their performance, and will outline new developments in fundamental, approaches, methodologies, software systems, and applications in this area.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Intelligent routing techniques in WSN
  • Intelligent network clustering techniques
  • Intelligent data fusion and aggregation
  • Intelligent mobility management
  • Intelligent query and data dissemination
  • Intelligent resource management
  • Intelligent routing in delay tolerant networks
  • Intelligent routing protocols for WSN
  • Intelligent self-organising networks
  • Intelligent vehicular ad hoc network
  • Reliability, resiliency and fault tolerance techniques
  • Swarm intelligence based localisation in WSN Secure data routing in WSN

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 15 October, 2017
Notification to authors: 15 December, 2017
Final versions due by: 31 January, 2018

20 July 2017

Inderscience is media partner for 3rd Annual Advanced Subsea Power and Heating Cables for the Oil and Gas Industry Forum

Inderscience is media partner for 3rd Annual Advanced Subsea Power and Heating Cables for the Oil and Gas Industry Forum (26 - 27 September 2017, Edinburgh, UK).

The journals involved are:
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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Product Development

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Product Development are now available here for free:
  • An integration model for innovative products in Korea and China: bio-based smart clothing
  • An action research approach to early concept iteration in a design consultancy
  • A road map for implementing lean and agile techniques in SMEs product development teams
  • Reconnoitring how structural design in the context of industrial design engineering evolves

Inderscience is media partner for Smart Homes Forum

Inderscience is a media partner for Smart Homes Forum (7 - 8 September 2017, Berlin, Germany).

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Special issue published: "Generative Approaches for Managing Human Capital for Sustainable Growth"

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management 17(1/2) 2017.
  • Hindering appreciative intelligence® and follower sensemaking through hostile leadership
  • Positive approaches to enhance customer-focused knowledge sharing culture in a financial services organisation
  • Conducting appreciative inquiry in the virtual world
  • The resilience of appreciative inquiry allies: business education sustains the business community
  • Approaches to enhancing communication between healthcare providers and recipients
  • Integrated reporting and its impact on organisational change
  • Managing for results: the US Coast Guard Marine Safety program
  • Innovation, resiliency and transformation: leveraging the strength of older marginalised women
  • Preparing for transformational change: a framework for assessing organisational change readiness
  • Leading with emotional labour: the interplay of six emotions
  • Betrayal of local government whistleblowers: expecting rights and resources, facing harsh realities

19 July 2017

Call for papers: "Advances in Engineering Education"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Higher Education and Sustainability.

Currently, knowledge about engineering education presents great interest in improving communication between professors, researchers and students in universities, engineering schools, institutes, laboratories and industry. The development of the educational system is fundamental for sustainable technological change. This special issue will be focused on advances in engineering education with emphasis in curriculum development, pedagogy and didactic aspects. Articles with case studies in engineering education for sustainability are welcome.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Bolonha process
  • Continuing education
  • Curricula change
  • Higher education for sustainability
  • Erasmus programme
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Performance indicators
  • Teaching and learning
  • Teaching methods
  • Pedagogy and didactic
  • Soft skills
  • Management education 


Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 31 December, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 30 June, 2018

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Technology Policy and Law

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Technology Policy and Law are now available here for free:
  • Lesotho telecommunications sector reform: an assessment of regulatory governance and substance
  • Implications of China's latest statute on internet and the forthcoming real-name registration scheme
  • Using technology in human trafficking: international law perspective and reflections within Middle Eastern countries
  • Reformulating the 'fair dealing' defence in copyright law to accommodate transformative musical works and maximise creativity in Australia

Inderscience is media partner for Ophthalmic Drugs

Inderscience is a media partner for Ophthalmic Drugs (28 - 29 November 2017, London, UK).

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Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Corporate Governance 

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Corporate Governance are now available here for free:
  • Managing corporate governance management of family firms in South Asia: evidence from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
  • Corporate governance in Vietnam - its significance and challenges
  • Analysis of mandatory CSR expenditure in India: a survey
  • The price impact of block transactions in the Netherlands

18 July 2017

International Journal of Information and Communication Technology to publish extended papers from 8th International Congress of Information and Communication Technology

Extended versions of papers presented at the 8th International Congress of Information and Communication Technology (27 - 28 January 2018, Xiamen, China) will be published by the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology.

Call for papers: "Materials for Smart Cities: Applications and Advanced Technologies"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Materials and Product Technology.

The key factors to build a smart city which is the urban centre of the future will be the use of smart materials with increasing levels of functionality and facilities. Smart materials find a wide range of applications due to their varied response to external events, and are able to create a sustainable environment which is an eco-friendly and energy efficient system. Currently advanced technologies related to materials are being investigated and developed to face many challenges and needs like longevity, cost, industrial probity, and so on. This will enable many solutions to problems related to smart cities.

Submitted papers are expected to cover state-of-the-art technologies, theoretical concepts, standards, products implementation, ongoing research projects and innovative applications of smart materials for smart cities.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Computational Materials Science and Thermodynamic Systems (CMST 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:
  • Stimuli-responsive polymers
  • Electro-responsive
  • E-textiles, piezoelectric
  • Smart composites
  • Self-healing materials
  • Shape memory materials: state-of-the-art research and applications
  • Energy harvesting via smart materials
  • New materials and methods for cultural heritage cleaning and preservation
  • Quantum dots for transistors, solar cells, leds, diode lasers and medical imaging
  • Energy harvesting
  • Piezochromic
  • Optical fibres
  • Energy Saving Coating Technology (ESCT)
  • Zero Energy Building (ZEB)
  • Smart manufacturing
  • Piezoelectric materials
  • Intelligent systems, sensing and actuation, adaptive structures, and active control

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 March, 2018
Notification to authors: 30 May, 2018
Final versions due by: 30 June, 2018

Special issue published: "Information Law and Ethics"

International Journal of Technology Policy and Law 3(1) 2017.

  • Behind a veil of obscurity - anonymity, encryption, free speech and privacy
  • The State vs. Oscar Pistorius: a critical analysis of media coverage and the court of public opinion
  • Understanding digital piracy through the lens of psychosocial, criminological and cultural factors
  • Awareness and knowledge of cyber ethics by library and information science doctoral students in two Nigerian universities
  • Artificial reproductive technologies and the right to the truth about genetic and biographic origins
  • Sharing is caring vs. stealing is wrong: a moral argument for limiting copyright protection

Additional paper
  • A synthesised approach for antitrust interference in the exercise of SEPs: comparative perspectives from China, USA and EU

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

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics are now available here for free:
  • Corporate social responsibility and firm market performance: a study of Indian listed companies
  • Earnings quality in an ethics perspective
  • Reconstructing IT governance using Foucault
  • Examining the corporate social responsibility orientation in developing countries: an empirical investigation of the Carroll's CSR pyramid

17 July 2017

Inderscience is media partner for 12th Annual Cold Chain Distribution

Inderscience is a media partner for 12th Annual Cold Chain Distribution (13 - 14 December 2017, London, UK).

The journals invovled are:
  • Int. J. of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling 
  • Int. J. of Integrated Supply Management 
  • Int. J. of Logistics Systems and Management 
  • Int. J. of Supply Chain and Inventory Management 
  • Int. J. of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience 
  • Int. J. of Shipping and Transport Logistics
 
More information on this event is available here.


Call for papers: "Hybrid Computational Intelligence in Big Data Analytics and Cloud Computing"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Hybrid Intelligence.

This special issue will attract researchers, developers, users, students and practitioners from the fields of big data, systems architecture, services research, virtualization, security and privacy, high performance computing, always with an emphasis on how to build cloud computing platforms with real impact.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 2017 Third IEEE International Conference on research in Computational Intelligence and Communication Networks (ICRCICN), 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:
  • Big data management
  • Big data search and mining
  • Big data application
  • Big data security, privacy and trust
  • Cloud service management
  • Cloud privacy management
  • Cloud resource management
  • IoT applications and mobile cloud models

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 15 February, 2018
Notification to authors: 15 April, 2018
Final versions due by: 30 June, 2018

15 July 2017

Special issue published: "Massive Data Processing and Cloud Storage"

International Journal of Web and Grid Services 13(3) 2017.

  • New efficient chosen ciphertext secure Elgamal encryption schemes for secure Cloud storage service
  • TrDup: enhancing secure data deduplication with user traceability in cloud computing
  • A novel utilisation-aware energy consumption model for content distribution networks
  • Sensitivity-based synchronisation protocol to prevent illegal information flow among objects
  • ATMSim: a Hadoop and self-similarity-based simulator for collecting, detecting, measuring and analysing anomalous traffic
  • Stream-based live entity resolution approach with adaptive duplicate count strategy

Research Picks Extra – July 2017

Smoke and fires
New research into smoke and fire detection published this month in the International Journal of Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering suggests that a fire can be detected earlier and with fewer false alarms if the various detection technologies utilize image processing as well as sensor technology. Malik Mohamed Umar and colleagues at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam explain that smoke is a good indicator of conditions in a building or other environment that might ultimately develop into a potentially lethal fire. As such smoke detectors are key to warning occupants of a fire having started. There are several devices that can detect smoke for disaster prevention. However, the team suggests that image processing is far more effective especially in terms of avoid false alarms triggered by bathroom steam, cigarette smoke, burnt toast or other common false alarms.
Malik, M., De Silva, L.C., Saifullah Abu Bakar, M. and Iskandar Petra, M. (2017) ‘State of the art of smoke and fire detection using image processing‘, Int. J. Signal and Imaging Systems Engineering, Vol. 10, Nos. 1/2, pp.22-30.
Supercritical drying of carbon dioxide
As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise through human activities, specifically the burning of fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas – it is unlikely that the future climate will be as comfortable as it is today. As such, there are many efforts to find alternative energy sources that are close to carbon neutral, wind, solar, tidal, to name a few. However, there is also a need to remediate the damage already done as we attempt to head towards a sustainable future. Technologies that extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere would have to be carried out on a geological scale and would only be truly beneficial if the energy and resources they needed were themselves carbon neutral. Steps towards such a system is being developed by researchers from China and the US. They are developing an aerogel sorbent, amine hybrid silica aerogel, that can absorb the greenhouse gas. Moreover, the material is more effective with higher humidity.
Kong, Y., Shen, X., Cui, S. and Fan, M. (2017) ‘Supercritical drying: a promising technique on synthesis of sorbent for CO2 capture‘, Int. J. Global Warming, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp.228-241.
Recycling rechargeable batteries
Rechargeable lithium batteries have a limited lifespan as drivers of electric vehicles and anyone who uses a modern portable electronic device knows only too well. Moreover, the cobalt and lithium metals, which are essential components of these batteries, need to be reclaimed from expired batteries. Researchers in Malaysia have taken steps towards and efficient and effective way to retrieve the cobalt from such batteries. Once processed to calcinate the material and remove any organic compounds, the team was able to extra 90-99% of the cobalt from a used battery using their high-temperature technique. Of course, such recycling must itself be carried out using sustainable energy and resources otherwise some of the benefit will be negated.
Rahman, A. and Afroz, R. (2017) ‘Lithium battery recycling management and policy‘, Int. J. Energy Technology and Policy, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp.278-291.
The entropy of walking
Human gait is a fascinating area of biometrics and pedestrian dynamics. Individuals can be recognized from the way they walk even if we cannot see their face while understanding the movements of a crowd or group of people as they walk can tell us a lot about social activity. Researchers in Portugal are taking a thermodynamic approach to understanding human gait in terms of the disorder, or entropy, that arises as a crowd moves around. Self-selected gait speed, and gait transitions from walking to running, can be linked to, and understood based on the quantification of entropy generation, Antonio Miguel of the University of Evora, Portugal reports. Moreover, he has demonstrated through this analytical approach that there exist repulsive forces between pedestrians that ensure interpersonal distances are moderated by the energy of the crowd and dissipation of energy.
Miguel, A.F. (2017) ‘Entropy generation: a path for understanding human gait patterns and crowd dynamics‘, Int. J. Exergy, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp.18-30.

14 July 2017

Call for papers: Equity in Health and Health Care"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Society Systems Science.

The purpose of this special issue is to highlight the latest interdisciplinary and innovative research, tools, methods and approaches to assess, reduce and prevent environmentally driven socioeconomic, ethnic and regional health disparities. We welcome manuscripts that link environmental, health and these factors including, but not limited to, spatial dimensions of health disparities, community capacity building for environmental justice and community based participatory research. Additionally, we also encourage submissions on policy analysis/policy decision-making that address social determinants of public health, and on analytical approaches that inform decision-making policies and program development/ implementation to reduce/ prevent public health disparities. Our aim is to advance health disparity research into the arena of public health and help accelerate efforts designed to improve access to healthier environments for vulnerable populations and to create healthier societies for all.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Assessing tools and methods of spatial dimensions of health disparities
  • Community based participatory research aim to reduce and prevent health disparities
  • Policy analysis/policy decision-making that address social determinants of public health
  • Analytical approaches that inform decision-making policies
  • Program development/ implementation to reduce/ prevent public health disparities
  • International case studies and good practices
  • Reports related to innovative techniques

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 31 January, 2018
Notification to authors: 31 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 25 May, 2018

Call for papers: "Recent Trends and Developments of Computer Vision and Image Processing"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology.

Computer vision is an interdisciplinary field that deals with how computers can be made for gaining high-level understanding from digital images or videos. From the perspective of engineering, it seeks to automate tasks that the human visual system can do. Computer vision is concerned with the automatic extraction, analysis and understanding of useful information from a single image or a sequence of images. Image processing is processing of images using mathematical operations by using any form of signal processing for which the input is an image, a series of images, or a video, such as a photograph or video frame; the output of image processing may be either an image or a set of characteristics or parameters related to the image.

Recent developments of computer vision and image processing technologies have wide applications in human society that make life simpler. This special issue will provide a forum for researchers, industry professionals and academics to present research exploring the recent challenges and advances in computer vision and image processing.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Image/video processing and analysis
  • Image/video formation and display
  • Image/video filtering, restoration, enhancement and super-resolution
  • Image/video coding and transmission
  • Image/video storage, retrieval and authentication
  • Image/video quality
  • Transform-based and multi-resolution image/video analysis
  • Biological and perceptual models for image/video processing
  • Machine learning in image/video analysis
  • Probability and uncertainty handling for image/video processing
  • Motion and tracking
  • Segmentation and recognition
  • Shape, structure and stereo
  • Computational photography and videography
  • Saliency, attention and eye movement in images/videos
  • Biomedical image analysis
  • Geosciences and remote sensing
  • Biometrics
  • Document image analysis
  • Visual multimedia
  • Emerging technologies
  • Image scanning, display and printing
  • Image acquisition and display
  • Image/video compression
  • Face recognition

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 20 December, 2017
Notification to authors:25 February, 2018
Final versions due by: 25 April, 2018

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  • Process-oriented social responsibility indicator for mutual funds: a multi-criteria decision analysis approach
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13 July 2017

Special issue published: "Institutional Role, The Market for Corporate Control and Firm Performance"

International Journal of Business and Globalisation 19(1) 2017.
  • Hostile takeover in Japan: institutional constraints and change
  • Are the Indian corporates creating value through acquisitions in the US and European markets?
  • Choice of diversification strategies in an emerging market environment: an empirical evaluation
  • Public sector general insurance companies in India: potential gains from merger
  • Impact of foreign shareholdings on corporate governance score: evidence from Bombay Stock Exchange, India
  • Export performance of international new ventures in emerging market
  • Volatility and calendar anomaly through GARCH model: evidence from the selected G20 stock exchanges

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  • The challenges of competition and the creation of value for the Indonesian digital creative sector

Call for papers: "Health Engineering and Informatics"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics.

Health informatics is a multidisciplinary field that uses health information technology to improve healthcare on its effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, safety and quality. Health informatics bridges information technology, computer science, statistics, data analytics, management science, systems engineering, social science and other fields to improve the healthcare workflow, enable better clinical processes, support decision making, identify patients risk, and provide information to enhance patient safety and quality.

The goal of this special issue will be to publish the latest research advancement in the convergence of automation technology, biomedical engineering and health informatics. The application scenarios can cover single or multiple scenarios of health engineering such as primary care, preventive care, predictive technologies, hospitalisation, home care, and occupational health. We focus on the cross disciplinary approaches, solutions, and initiatives rather than single disciplinary ones.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Health informatics education
  • Information technologies for hospital management
  • Organisational impacts of health information technologies
  • Public health informatics
  • Biomedical data mining
  • Biomedical pattern recognition
  • Disease profiling and personalised treatment
  • Display and visualisation of medical data
  • Cloud computing and big data for healthcare
  • Accessibility and Web-enabled technologies for healthcare

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 15 January, 2018
Notification to authors: 20 February, 2018
Final versions due by: 28 March, 2018

Newly announced journal: International Journal of Hybrid Intelligence

The International Journal of Hybrid Intelligence focuses on the role of the hybrid intelligence paradigm in the modern context of rapidly evolving technologies. Hybrid intelligent systems research aims to develop state-of-the-art devices for implementing efficient hybrid intelligent algorithms for pattern recognition, sensors and networks, social networks and computational intelligence. It also aims to foster the development of intelligent human-centric computer interfaces in areas including portfolio management, network security, ubiquitous computing and cloud computing. IJHI provides comprehensive and up-to-date coverage in this research field.

Special issue published: "Energy Harvesting and Management for Wireless Sensor Networks and The Internet of Things"

International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing 25(4) 2017.

  • Supporting energy efficient broadcast with unreliable links for wireless sensor networks
  • Back-end scheduling methods of virtual clusters for energy conservation in event-driven WSNs
  • The research of event-based intelligent prediction with minimum energy consumption of wireless sensor network node state transition strategy
  • Improving transmission delay with sink location in low-duty-cycle wireless sensor networks
  • Hybrid communication for energy-efficient data aggregation in wireless sensor networks
  • Routing-Gi: routing technique to enhance energy efficiency in WSNs
  • Energy balance movement schemes for maximising network lifetime in WSRNs
  • A performance evaluation approach for MAC protocols of wireless multimedia sensor networks
  • Towards a pervasive information system for patient triage and referral in emergency departments

12 July 2017

Call for papers: "Smart and Nano Materials Applications"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials.

There is an increased tendency to integrate smart materials with nanotechnology to develop novel materials or structures for the applications in sensors, actuators, biomaterials, multifunctional materials, structural health monitoring, etc. The combination of smart materials and nanotechnology provides many advantages, realises novel designs that could not be achieved in traditional engineering, and also offers greater opportunities as well as challenges. The central aim of this special issue will be to publish original results, critical reviews and technical discussion related to this compelling research field. We believe that the papers published in this journal will provide cutting edge information and instructive research guidance, encouraging more scientists to make their contribution to this dynamic research field.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Smart materials and structures
  • Nano and multifunctional materials
  • Autonomous materials
  • Nano composites
  • Bio-inspired materials and structures
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Energy harvesting
  • Self-healing and self-assembly

Important Dates

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

Special issue published: "Innovation, Economic Change and Policies: an Out-of-Equilibrium Perspective"

International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics 7(3) 2017.
  • Out-of-equilibrium traverse dynamics the time-to-build tradition
  • Out of equilibrium: grounds, basics, policies, and accounts
  • Directed technological change and productivity growth: the Italian evidence 1861-2010
  • Schumpeter's illuminating errors: when he was good, he was very good; when he was wrong he was suggestive
  • Learning, leverage and stability
  • Consumer interaction and innovation incentives
  • Measuring portfolio risk: How size, book-to-market and prior portfolio returns are related to their risk-adjusted performance?

Call for papers: "Financial Resources for SMEs: From Bank Loans to Venture Capitalist Support. The Old and the New Ways to Raise Capital for Smaller Firms"

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

The aim of this special issue will be to analyse the main financial resources for SMEs. After the economic-financial crisis of 2007/2008 the relationship between SMEs and conventional investors (banks and other intermediaries) changed. In this new scenario SMEs must enlarge the channels to raise capital. So, new investors and small companies are talking, and in this way it is possible to assist a change in the relations with investors. This trend requires specific studies to understand how SMEs finance their activities today.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • SME financing in the European context area: old problems and new solutions
  • Bank Financing for SMEs in Europe
  • Bank involvement in SMEs
  • SME Access to External Finance
  • The new way to raise capital for SMEs
  • Financing Limitations and Entrepreneurship
  • The effect of Venture Capital on the growth of SMEs
  • SMEs capital structure and finance costs
  • Capital Structure and Financing of SMEs

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 28 February, 2018
Notification to authors: 31 May, 2018
Final versions due by: 30 September, 2018

Special issue published: "Economic and Sustainability Issues in Africa"

International Journal of Sustainable Economy 9(3) 2017.

  • Foreign direct investment and economic growth in Africa: a comparative analysis
  • Monetary policy and economic growth in Uganda: an empirical investigation
  • The effects of exchange rate changes on Sub-Saharan Africa trade
  • Nonlinearities in Wagner's law: further evidence from South Africa
  • Determinants of corporate green investment practices in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed firms

11 July 2017

Call for papers: "3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Materials and Product Technology.

Nowadays, 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing offers numerous advantages in the production of single and multiple components, offering incomparable design independence with the facility to manufacture components from a wide range of materials, polymers, metals, composites, etc. This special issue focused on the multidisciplinary areas of additive invites the submission of high quality research articles related to theory, practice and application.


Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • 3D printing
  • VAT photopolymerasation
  • Material jetting
  • FDM fuse deposition modelling
  • PBF powder bed fusion
  • DMLS direct metal Laser sintering
  • EBM electron beam melting
  • SHS selective heat sintering
  • SLM selective Laser melting
  • SLS selective Laser sintering
  • UAM ultrasonic additive manufacturing
  • LOM laminated object manufacturing
  • DED direct energy deposition

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 November, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 January, 2018
Final versions due by: 30 April, 2018

Call for papers: "Smart and Nano Materials Applications"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials.

There is an increased tendency to integrate smart materials with nanotechnology to develop novel materials or structures for the applications in sensors, actuators, biomaterials, multifunctional materials, structural health monitoring, etc. The combination of smart materials and nanotechnology provides many advantages, realises novel designs that could not be achieved in traditional engineering, and also offers greater opportunities as well as challenges. The central aim of this special issue will be to publish original results, critical reviews and technical discussion related to this compelling research field. We believe that the papers published in this journal will provide cutting edge information and instructive research guidance, encouraging more scientists to make their contribution to this dynamic research field.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Smart materials and structures
  • Nano and multifunctional materials
  • Autonomous materials
  • Nano composites
  • Bio-inspired materials and structures
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Energy harvesting
  • Self-healing and self-assembly

Important Dates

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

Special issue published: "Knowledge Asset Management for Sustainable Growth"

Global Business and Economics Review 19(4) 2017.
  • Open innovation, crowdsourcing, and knowledge from the crowd: an exploratory study of sustainable company growth
  • Knowledge utilisation: an empirical review on processes and factors of knowledge utilisation
  • What do we know about knowledge reuse in organisations?
  • CSR and human capital as levers for enhancing shareholder value creation. An early investigation of the largest European companies
  • Intellectual capital and financial performance. Evidences from Italian firms
  • Turning a low-performing organisation into a high-performing one through the implementation of a knowledge-based strategy

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  • Comparative study of random and uniform models for the coated fuel particles distribution in pebble bed reactors
  • A new Metropolis optimisation method, the cross-section particle collision algorithm: some preliminary results
  • Non-linear control of the reactor power in a PWR using online parameter adaptation
  • Thermal performance characteristics of liquid sodium as a coolant flowing past a rectangular nuclear fuel element
  • Calculation of the accidental gamma dose rate at the top of the low power research reactor

10 July 2017

Call for papers: "Financial Resources for SMEs: From Bank Loans to Venture Capitalist Support. The Old and the New Ways to Raise Capital for Smaller Firms"

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

The aim of this special issue will be to analyse the main financial resources for SMEs. After the economic-financial crisis of 2007/2008 the relationship between SMEs and conventional investors (banks and other intermediaries) changed. In this new scenario SMEs must enlarge the channels to raise capital. So, new investors and small companies are talking, and in this way it is possible to assist a change in the relations with investors. This trend requires specific studies to understand how SMEs finance their activities today.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • SME financing in the European context area: old problems and new solutions
  • Bank Financing for SMEs in Europe
  • Bank involvement in SMEs
  • SME Access to External Finance
  • The new way to raise capital for SMEs
  • Financing Limitations and Entrepreneurship
  • The effect of Venture Capital on the growth of SMEs
  • SMEs capital structure and finance costs
  • Capital Structure and Financing of SMEs

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 28 February, 2018
Notification to authors: 31 May, 2018
Final versions due by: 30 September, 2018

International Journal of Information and Communication Technology to publish expanded papers from 29th GISFI Standardization Series Meeting and IEEE 5G Summit

Extended versions of papers presented at the 29th GISFI Standardization Series Meeting and IEEE 5G Summit (17 - 18 August 2017, Bhubaneswar, India) will be published by the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology.

Inderscience is media partner for Global Precision Medicine & Biomarkers Leaders Summit

Inderscience is a media partner for Global Precision Medicine & Biomarkers Leaders Summit (21 - 22 September 2017, Munich, Germany).

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Call for Papers for Inaugural Issue of International Journal of Humanitarian Technology

For the Inaugural Issue of the International Journal of Humanitarian Technology.

The world faces many environmental, developmental, social and health challenges. These include ageing societies, the digital divide, poverty, climate change, energy efficiency and security. There is an ever-increasing need to find solutions to such complex problems. Technology today is evolving at an extraordinary pace, changing the way we live and work.

The International Journal of Humanitarian Technology invites submissions for its inaugural issue. IJHT addresses research into the responsible use of advanced technologies which offer concrete ways to improve the life and society of people worldwide.

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Smart grid/big data analytics
  • Cloud computing/dependable and secure computing/internet computing/mobile computing
  • Internet of things/green technologies
  • Cryptography and network security/cyber-physical systems/industrial cybersecurity/security of SCADA
  • Ubiquitous computing and communication/broadband technology
  • Aeronautical telecommunications networks/SDN
  • Wireless sensor networks/meshed mobile communication networks/5G/LTE
  • Smart connection factories/manufacturing/industrial electronics
  • Robotics and automation/engineering standards/frugal innovation
  • Medical technology/intelligent transportation technology
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Photonics technology/optics/laser
  • Imaging and spectroscopy/computational electromagnetic
  • Machine learning/modelling and simulation/computational biology
  • Applied PDE, difference

Important Date
Manuscripts due by: 30 September, 2017

8 July 2017

Call for papers: "Image Processing in Computer Vision - Techniques and Advancements"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology.

In the course of the last few decades, the communities related to image processing and computer vision have become the major contributors in computer science research. There is high impact and interest in the various theoretical aspects of image formation, modelling, pre-processing, analysis, object recognition, etc. which are further used for developing various applications. These theoretical aspects of image processing have further given way for the computer vision domains like robot vision, surveillance, visual tracking, super-resolution, scene analysis, action recognition, etc.

Computer vision is an interdisciplinary domain which makes the computer understand high-level knowledge using digital images or videos. In engineering perspective, computer vision deals with automating the human visual system. This process includes various methodologies for acquiring, processing, analysing and understanding the digital images thereby helping in taking high level decisions. In a scientific perspective, computer vision deals with the theoretical background of artificial systems that could extract valuable information from the images.

This special issue welcomes submissions of developing and novel techniques for computer vision and image processing problems; emerging and innovative applications of computer vision-based applications, as well as theoretical contributions that are relevant to computer vision and image processing.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Image formation, acquisition devices and sensors
  • Device calibration, characterisation and modelling
  • Image enhancement and restoration
  • Image and video coding and compression
  • Multimodal and multi-sensor models of image formation
  • Image generation pipeline: algorithms and techniques
  • Image registration
  • Segmentation and grouping
  • Early and biologically-inspired vision
  • Colour and texture analyses
  • Shape representation and matching
  • Features extraction
  • Visual attention and image saliency
  • Cognitive models for interpretation, integration and control
  • Machine learning technologies for vision
  • Face and expression recognition
  • Content-based indexing, search, and retrieval
  • Object and face recognition
  • Object detection and localisation
  • Categorisation and Scene understanding
  • Event and human activity recognition
  • Computational photography
  • Near duplicate image retrieval
  • Entertainment imaging applications
  • Camera networks and vision
  • Document imaging in business
  • Medical image applications
  • Pervasive smart cameras
  • Human and computer interaction
  • Digital photography
  • Media watermarking and security
  • Multimedia forensics
  • Mobile imaging
  • Imaging for cultural heritage (modelling/simulation, virtual restoration)
  • Image-based modelling and 3D reconstruction
  • Stereo vision and structure from motion
  • Active and robot vision
  • optical flow and motion analyses
  • Tracking and visual navigation
  • Video surveillance and event detection
  • Vision for robotics
  • Video stabilisation 

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 September, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 November, 2017
Final versions due by: 31 January, 2018

International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation to publish extended papers from TALE2017

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning for Engineering (12 - 14 December 2017, Tai Po, Hong Kong) will be published by the International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation.

Call for papers: "Managing Hospitality and Tourism Organisations: Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise"

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

Tourism and Hospitality organisations represent a large and growing sector of the world economy accounting for 292 million jobs and generating 10.2% of Global GDP. The sector is dynamic and entrepreneurial and serves domestic and international markets alike. The industry thrives on information ranging from face-to-face communication to electronic retrieval of data, and makes extensive use of technology from both customers’ and providers’ perspectives. Like many other economic activities, it is vulnerable to external pressures such that have been witnessed at the turn of the millennium in terms of economic recession, political agitations and environmental issues.

Whilst the sector is synonymous with a small number of well-known brands offered by multinational organisations, the overall structure of the industry is based upon a vast number of SMEs and micro-enterprises. These small businesses are often lifestyle businesses, rural enterprises which have diversified into the tourism sector or innovative businesses responding to demand for tourism and hospitality. Within these smaller firms are multiple examples of innovative business models, innovative products and enterprising approaches to managing, growing and sustaining businesses in often challenging locations.

The dynamic nature of the industry on the one hand dictates that practitioners and academics keep tab of happenings in the sector/subject area. Ever increasing external pressure on the other hand warrants development of innovative products and demonstration of management creativity in dealing with mounting external pressure bearing in mind optimal use of resources.

The content of the special issue is projected to include an extensive range of issues relating to innovation, creativity and enterprise in managing hospitality and tourism companies. The special issue will aim to present an array of empirical, conceptual and short commentary papers highlighting both theoretical and practical implications that will interest the readership of academics and practitioners.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Managing tourism and hospitality businesses in challenging locations
  • Maximising the economic opportunities presented by the natural environment
  • Delivering change management in the tourism and hospitality sectors
  • Business diversification and strategies for vertical and horizontal integration in tourism and hospitality
  • Product development and innovation in tourism and hospitality
  • Innovative resource allocation
  • Management of human resources in the tourism and hospitality industries
  • Managing international trading relationships
  • Managing tourism and hospitality in politically sensitive environments
  • Tourism and hospitality management in developing economies
  • Innovative investment and financial management
  • Innovations in service design and delivery

Important Dates

Submission of abstract (not more than 600 words) via email: 29 September, 2017
Notification to authors on the decision over their abstracts: 30 October, 2017
Manuscripts (online) due by: 31 January, 2018
Notification to authors on the decision over their full paper: 30 March, 2018
Final versions due: 30 May, 2018

Inderscience is media partner for Vehicle Ride and Handling 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Vehicle Ride and Handling 2017 (18 October 2017, Birmingham, UK).

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7 July 2017

Call for papers: "Sustainable Entrepreneurship"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.

Sustainable entrepreneurship is a growing and important area of business management that enables firms, individuals and governments to utilise innovative ideas that have an environmental impact. One of the fastest growing areas of both entrepreneurship and innovation is around the area of sustainability and this is embedded in increasing number of research studies about this topic. There is more interest in areas of sustainable entrepreneurship from the circular economy to renewable energy (Ratten and Welpe, 2011). This has driven more government funding and private business interest into sustainable entrepreneurship. Despite the growth of sustainable entrepreneurship as a research field of study there are still gaps in the literature that merit further research interest.

This special issue will focus on subjects that advance our understanding of sustainable entrepreneurship. Papers should provide new insights regarding interdisciplinary perspectives about sustainable entrepreneurship. Research methodologies are inclusive of all types including conceptual papers, qualitative approaches, quantitative studies and mixed-methods.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Environmental management
  • Sustainable thinking and design planning
  • Social issues of entrepreneurship
  • Environmental innovations in the global economy
  • Natural environment and entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable innovation ecosystems
  • Community and social entrepreneurship
  • Emerging environmental technological trends
  • Sustainability co-creation

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 30 March, 2018
Notification to authors: 10 December, 2018
Final versions due by: 10 February, 2019

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from 10th Institute of Scientific Communications Conference

Extended versions of papers presented at the 10th Institute of Scientific Communications Conference (26 October 2019, Kursk, Russia) will be published by the following journals:

Inderscience is media partner for Connected and Automated Vehicle Engineering 2017: Engineering for adoption of autonomy on the road

Inderscience is a media partner for Connected and Automated Vehicle Engineering 2017: Engineering for adoption of autonomy on the road (25 - 26 September 2017, Birmingham, UK).

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6 July 2017

International Journal of Aviation Management to publish extended papers from International Symposium of Sustainable Aviation

Extended versions of papers presented at the International Symposium of Sustainable Aviation (10 - 13 September 2017, Kyiv, Ukraine) will be published by the International Journal of Aviation Management.

Inderscience journals to publish extended papers from 8th Institute of Scientific Communications Conference

Extended versions of papers presented at the 8th Institute of Scientific Communications Conference (23 November 2018, Irkutsk, Russia) will be published by the following journals:

Inderscience is media partner for The 5th Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum: USA

Inderscience is a media partner for The 5th Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum: USA (2 - 3 November 2017, San Diego, USA).

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5 July 2017

Inderscience journals to publish extended papers from 6th Institute of Scientific Communications Conference

Extended versions of papers presented at the 6th Institute of Scientific Communications Conference (13 - 14 April 2018, Larnaka, Cyprus) will be published by the following journals:

Inderscience is media partner for 10th Edition European Electricity Ancillary and Balancing Forum

Inderscience is a media partner for 10th Edition European Electricity Ancillary and Balancing Forum (25 - 27 September 2017, Barcelona, Spain).

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Inderscience journals to publish extended papers from 4th Institute of Scientific Communications Conference

Extended versions of papers presented at the 4th Institute of Scientific Communications Conference (23 - 24 November 2017, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia) will be published by the following journals: