21 August 2017

International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations increases issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18 August 2017

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

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

17 August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

16 August 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Sustainable Society

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

15 August 2017

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

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

Research Picks Extra – August 2017

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

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

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

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

14 August 2017

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

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

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

11 August 2017

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

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

Copyleft, right, left, right…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10 August 2017

Call for papers: "Advances in Materials Forming"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Machining and Machinability of Materials.

Currently, materials forming include a large group of manufacturing processes in which plastic deformation is used. Materials forming present numerous advantages in the manufacturing of components, from a wide range of materials. This special issue focused in metal forming invites the submission of high quality research articles related to theory, practice and applications.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Rolling
  • Forging
  • Extrusion
  • Drawing
  • Shearing, blanking and punching
  • Bending
  • Deep drawing
  • Microforming
  • Hydroforming
  • Explosive forming
  • Electromagnetic forming
  • Spinning
  • Powder forming
  • Incremental forming
  • Machining deformation

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 31 December, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 31 May, 2018

Call for papers: "Progress in Machining for Industry 4.0"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Machining and Machinability of Materials.

The word "Industry 4.0" was created from a high-tech project to encourage of the computerisation in manufacturing. Industry 4.0 aims to establish "smart manufacturing" with “modular structures, cyber-physical systems that monitor physical processes, create virtual copies of the physical world, and make decentralized decisions”. This special issue focused on machining for Industry 4.0 invites the submission of high quality research articles related to theory, practice and applications.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Intelligent machining
  • Computational intelligence techniques
  • Multiobjective optimisation
  • Modelling and simulation
  • e-manufacturing
  • Cloud-based machining systems
  • Environmentally friendly machining
  • Quality control and machining
  • Machining with robots
  • Computer vision and machining
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 31 December, 2017
Notification to authors: 31 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 31 May, 2018

Second-hand opinions

Tracking the Twitter updates of a random sample of 300,000 active users over the course of a month reveals that this particular corner of social media and social networking is not quite as equitable and democratic as popular perception might have us believe. Indeed, the research published in the International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising reveals that there is a two-step flow of information through which a minority of users accounts for the majority of influence. Opinion leaders follow other opinion leaders and effectively form a community of influencers within the wider user base and the information they disseminate then follows a power-law distribution as everyday users share, retweet and reuse that information.

Harsha Gangadharbatla of the Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design, College of Media, Communication and Information, at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, and Masoud Valafar a software engineer at Twitter, in San Francisco, California, USA, explain that there are numerous theories about how information is disseminated and how “word-of-mouth” works to influence popular opinion and consumer decision making. There have also been many studies into how the media and social media influencing individuals and groups.

One such theory is known as two-step flow theory. This says that most people form an opinion about a given subject when they are exposed to the views of opinion leaders. Those opinion leaders themselves are influenced by the mass media. This is in contrast to the one-step flow theory, colloquially known as the hypodermic needle, or magic bullet theory, in which people are directly influenced by mass media. Obviously, people are constantly exposed to the mass media at the individual level whether that is television, radio, newspapers or the web. But, the researchers suggest that opinions are actually more likely to be formed second hand in a two-step process. This is especially true of opinions shared on social media but might also apply to the influencers in traditional media – TV pundits, newspaper and magazine columnists, and the like.

It has been claimed that with the wave of new media in the form of Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, and other so-called Web 2.0 sites democratization of information and influence occurred. Gangadharbatla and Valafar suggest that this may not be the case, at least in the Twitter context. Social media is changing radically the way users and consumers receive information, news, opinion, but as with the old vanguard, there still exists the big influencers. These people or organizations, which might include information hubs and news outlets, pressure groups, and even celebrities, act as the primary source of information and opinion.

“Our study suggests that the way information propagates on social media is not all that different from that of traditional media. In other words, even on supposedly democratic and gatekeeper-less environments like Twitter and Instagram, information propagates mostly through opinion leaders, and, more so, these opinion leaders are all connected to other opinion leaders on the medium resulting in a virtual community of opinion leaders that yield a strong influence on how and how fast information spreads on social media,” the team reports. In the business context, the team adds that their, “results suggest that targeting this virtual community of opinion leaders will be a more effective use of advertising dollars than reaching the masses on Twitter.”

Gangadharbatla, H. and Valafar, M. (2017) ‘Propagation of user-generated content online’, Int. J. Internet Marketing and Advertising, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp.218–232.

9 August 2017

Special issue published: "Advancements in Interactive Marketing and The Internet Of Things"

International Journal of Electronic Marketing and Retailing 8(2) 2017
  • Impact of social relationships on electronic word of mouth in social networking sites: a study of Indian social network users
  • Applying data mining method for marketing purpose in social networks: case of Tebyan
  • The determinants of website purchases: the role of e-customer loyalty and word-of-mouth 
  • Bragging about online purchases: comparing consumer word-of-mouth among Hispanics and non-Hispanics groups
  • Consumer research, retailers and robots

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from 2017 International Conference on Intelligent Computing, Communication & Devices

Extended versions of papers presented at the 2017 International Conference on Intelligent Computing, Communication & Devices will be published by the following journals:

Special issue published: "Leveraging Technological Change: The Role of Business Models and Ecosystems" (includes free open access article)

International Journal of Technology Management 75(1/2/3/4) 2017
  • Technological innovation mediated by business model innovation: app developers moving into health
  • Experimentations in emerging innovation ecosystems: specificities and roles. The case of the hydrogen energy fuel cell
  • Microwork platforms as enablers to new ecosystems and business models: the challenge of managing difficult tasks
  • Creating and capturing value in a regional innovation ecosystem: a study of how manufacturing SMEs develop collaborative solutions
  • Using patents to orchestrate ecosystem stability: the case of a French aerospace company
  • Whatever happened to the 'great escape'? Lessons from the rise and decline of the pinball ecosystem
  • A new perspective on the innovator's dilemma - exploring the role of entrepreneurial incentives
  • Business ecosystems and new venture business models: an exploratory study of participation in the Lead To Win job-creation engine [free open access article]
  • Business models in emerging industries: some lessons from the 'Better Place' electric-car debacle
  • Exploratory research on the mechanism of latecomer advantages in the Asian LCD industry

8 August 2017

Special issue published: "The Growth of Academic Spin-Offs"

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 21(4/5) 2017
  • Determinants of the intention to create a spin-off in Spanish universities
  • Drivers of growth: the case of French academic spin-off
  • Gazelles versus Mice: understanding their characteristics and the specifics of growth as a performance measure for research-based spin-offs
  • Exploring differences in university support practices and the effects on spin-off companies in Boston
  • The (needed?) market orientation of academic spin-off firms
  • Drivers of eco-innovation: empirical evidence from Slovenia
  • Diffusion of cleaner production innovation in clay-fired brick sector - case study of Varanasi brick cluster in Eastern India

7 August 2017

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Design Engineering

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Design Engineering are now available here for free:
  • Capture, digitisation and segmentation of human-workpiece interactions in a manual assembly operation using Kinect™
  • A framework of design thinking: illustrated by an empirical case of prototype innovation
  • Effect of surface decarburisation, scragging stress and individual leaf camber on fatigue life of 65Si7 leaf springs
  • Characteristics of a purpose-built next-generation Hong Kong taxi

Call for papers: "Randomised Heuristics for Communication Networks"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Metaheuristics.

The goal is to achieve a major understanding in hard combinatorial problems in Communication Networks. Potential contributions should clearly state the problem, main challenges and methodology. The authors should emphasise the effect of randomisation in their analysis. Greedy randomised heuristics, population-based heuristics, nature-inspired solutions, random algorithms and approximation algorithms are especially welcome.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Fibre optics communication
  • Wireless systems
  • Traffic engineering
  • Topological network design
  • Communication protocols
  • Resilience in software-defined networking
  • Network reliability
  • Performance evaluation of resilient networks
  • Robust network design for hostile environments
  • Cooperative systems
  • Content delivery networks
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 30 November, 2017
Notification to authors: 15 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 1 May, 2018

5 August 2017

Thematic issue published: "Knowledge Management Practices and Cross-Cultural Innovation Within Global Contexts"

European Journal of International Management 11(4) 2017
  • Tool-supported continuous business process innovation: a case study in globally distributed software teams
  • KMS self-efficacy, KMS quality, expected reward and subjective norm: investigating knowledge sharing attitude of Malaysia's Halal industry
  • A cross-cultural perspective of voluntary disclosure: Italian listed firms in the stakeholder global context
  • Open innovation in multinational companies' subsidiaries: the role of internal and external knowledge
  • Entrepreneurial settings within global family firms: research perspectives from cross-cultural knowledge management studies
Regularly submitted paper
  • Divinity rules: towards a revised typology of multinational corporate parenting styles

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Advanced Operations Management

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Advanced Operations Management are now available here for free:
  • Robust retail supply chains - the driving practices
  • Identification of influential quality management variables using ISM approach
  • Coordinating a supply chain system for production, pricing and service strategies with disruptions
  • Meta-heuristic approaches for flowshop scheduling problems: a review

4 August 2017

International Journal of Hybrid Intelligence to publish expanded papers from 2017 Third IEEE International Conference on Research in Computational Intelligence and Communication Networks

Extended versions of papers presented at the 2017 Third IEEE International Conference on Research in Computational Intelligence and Communication Networks (3-5 November 2017, Kolkata, India) will be published by the International Journal of Hybrid Intelligence.

Call for papers: "Advanced Manufacturing Technologies in the Industry 4.0"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Materials and Structural Integrity.

Currently many trends such as the internet of things (IoT), digital manufacturing and cyber-physical systems are considered as key elements of the definition and implementation of Industry 4.0. Manufacturing is a primordial factor in the world’s economy and has been experiencing a revitalisation in many countries (even the developing countries) in the last decade.
The aim of this special issue is to bring together the leading researchers of advanced manufacturing technology in the industry 4.0 and covers all aspects of advanced manufacturing including mechanical manufacturing, metallurgy and the material science, etc.
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the International Conference on Computational Materials Science and Thermodynamic Systems (CCMST 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:
  • Global Manufacturing and Systems
  • Virtual design and manufacturing technology
  • Advanced manufacturing processes
  • Experiments about structural systems or materials
  • Sustainable and green manufacturing
  • Application of evolutionary computing techniques in manufacturing operations
  • Materials joining
  • material properties, metals, alloys, composites
  • Advanced Materials (Nanotechnology)
  • Micromanufacturing
  • Electronic components; service life; thermal conductivity
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 30 March, 2018
Notification to authors: 30 May, 2018
Final versions due by: 30 June, 2018

Special issue published: "Research on Innovation and Business Ecosystems"

International Journal of Business and Systems Research 11(3) 2017
  • 228 Taking stock of empirical research on business ecosystems: a literature review
  • Mediator's role in an innovation ecosystem
  • Strategic guidance in 'leading-edge' clusters for sustainable business success in future markets 
  • Barriers of non-technological innovation - explorative case study insight from European firms
Additional papers
  • Business model for digital economy era: a framework based on the Churchman's theory of design integrity
  • Assessment and quantification of leanness in manufacturing systems - an investigative study
  • A system dynamics simulation model of a blast furnace for project evaluation

3 August 2017

Inderscience is media partner for 11th Border Security Event 2018

Inderscience is a media partner for the 11th Border Security Event (21-22 February 2018, Rome, Italy).

The journals involved are:

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

The following sample articles from the International Journal of Public Law and Policy are now available here for free:
  • Trade liberalisation and its impact on food security in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The changing paradigm on governance: the case of Indonesia
  • The future of e-money laundering in the Republic of Macedonia
  • Rethinking the alternative remedy rule in Nigeria
  • Sustainable development and international trade under WTO regime
  • New regional economic partnerships under negotiation

Special issue published: "Youth and Entrepreneurship Education"

Journal for International Business and Entrepreneurship Development 10(3) 2017
  • Young adults and sustainable entrepreneurship: the role of culture and demographic factors
  • Investigating entrepreneurial intentions and behaviours of Saudi distance business learners: main antecedents and mediators
  • Teaching practice across disciplines: marketing and entrepreneurship for youths
  • Adapting the measurement of youth entrepreneurship potential in a marginalised context: the case of Mindanao, Philippines
  • Company visits as an opportunity for entrepreneurial learning
  • Entrepreneurial intentions of information technology students: the theory of planned behaviour, the role of gender and education

Call for papers: "Security of Mobile and Embedded Corporate Infrastructures in the BYOD Era"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Embedded Systems.

Modern mobile platforms deal with data and applications provided by multiple stakeholders (e.g., front-end applications for remote subscriber services, on-board credentials, locally stored data and contents), besides user’s personal information and resources. Applications, their assigned resources and data (workloads) are thought to be isolated from each other, though occasionally are requested to share some information both communicating directly and through common standalone services provided by the device OS. However, ensuring an adequate level of workloads isolation while allowing flexible data sharing and application interoperability is probably one of hardest challenges to the design of mobile platforms architectures and operating systems.
This is particularly true in those architectures supporting the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) paradigm within enterprise applications, where applications and data belonging to the device owner (the employee), third party service providers and the owner’s employer, must coexist. Such a coexistence raises serious security threads but, at the same time, offers plenty of opportunities to take advantage of application interoperability.
This special issue is dedicated to such a twofold challenge raised by BYOD-enabling architectures.
On one hand, the aim is to bring together new ideas in the design of mobile platforms able to ensure the security and trustworthiness of applications during their whole lifecycle (including deployment and updates), and featuring secure and flexible communication and interoperability among applications.
On the other hand, the ambition of this initiative is to gain a comprehensive vision of the current proposals concerning the definition and enforcement of access control mechanisms within mobile devices, paying particular attention to policies driven on inherently “mobile” factors such as geo-location, time and environmental events.
Particular interest is devoted to the security aspects of integration of mobile operators’ devices with corporate’s mission critical assets for the sake of control, diagnostics and maintenance. Enabling operators to connect their own devices to corporate’s industrial equipment (e.g., production machinery, controllers, sensors and embedded systems at large) might pose serious threats to the confidentiality and reliability of the industrial processes.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Security of applications distribution, deployment and updates
  • Trusted Execution Environments
  • Security architectures for embedded and mobile systems
  • Enterprise Rights Management (ERM) infrastructures
  • Securing BYOD-enabling infrastructures: models and study cases
  • Security of cloud-based and mobile storage facilities
  • Hardware security of mobile and embedded devices
  • Privacy-aware access control
  • Temporal, Geographical and event-driven access control
  • Secure application interoperation in multi-domain environments
  • Internet of Things and M2M security
  • Prevention and detection of mobile malware
  • Enhanced user authentication mechanisms and protocols
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 20 September, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 November, 2017
Final versions due by: 28 February, 2018

2 August 2017

Special issue published: "Big Data Analytics, Infrastructure and Applications"

International Journal of Big Data Intelligence 4(3) 2017
  • Hybrid approach-based support vector machine for electric load forecasting incorporating feature selection
  • Throughput enhancement of a novel hybrid-MAC protocol for M2M networks
  • CityPro: city-surveillance collaborative platform
  • NoSQL databases for big data
Additional papers
  • Improving execution speed of incremental runs of MapReduce using provenance
  • Large-scale spectral clustering for managing big data in healthcare operations
  • Research on encryption strategy in large data environment based on proxy re-encryption

International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management to publish expanded papers from International Conference on Emerging Trends in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (ICETMIE-2017)

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.

Call for papers: "Multimedia Information Security Solutions on Social Networks"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Information and Computer Security.

Social networks have become places where, on a daily basis, many people exchange and share personal information in the form of multimedia over unsecured channels. Information and communication technology (ICT) has proved to be an indispensable and cost-effective technique for the dissemination of such multimedia documents.
However, prevention of copyright violation, authenticity, confidentiality and ownership identity theft have all become potential issues due to malicious attacks and the hacking of information transmitted via these networks. Everyday risks include criminal offences ranging from ownership identity theft to copyright violation, and also personal information or medical history exposure. To tackle these threats, researchers are developing advanced techniques to analyse, prevent and detect these potential issues.
The objective of this special issue is present high-quality research and survey articles that promote research and reflect the most recent advances in addressing the security and privacy issues of multimedia information on networks as well as other emerging environments and applications.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Information security
  • Multimedia information propagation via social networks
  • Access control and identity management
  • Security and privacy of multimedia information
  • Forensics in social networks
  • Phishing problems in social networks
  • Secure social-network application development and methodologies
  • Cryptographic protocols against attacks
  • Security architectures/protocols for cloud computing
  • Recognition, identification and classification
  • Mobile social network security
  • Multimedia information retrieval and feature extraction
  • Big data forensics
  • Computational multimedia processing
  • Multimedia big data
  • Multimedia indexing and annotation
  • Multimedia retrieval
  • Pattern recognition
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 30 November, 2017
Notification to authors: 28 February, 2018
Revised paper submission: 30 April, 2018
Final decision due by: 30 June, 2018

Special issue published: "New Trends of Simulation and Process Modelling in Multiple Domains: From Business and Production to Healthcare, Defence and Environmental Sustainability"

International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling 12(3/4) 2017
  • Supply chains efficiency increasing based on the modelling of logistics operations
  • TRIP-based transport travel demand model for intelligent transport system measure evaluation based on micro simulation
  • Hybridisation effect on operating costs and optimal sizing of components for hybrid electric vehicles
  • Linear stability analysis for severe slugging: sensitivity to void fraction and friction pressure drop correlations
  • Experimental development and bond graph dynamic modelling of a brazed plate heat exchanger
  • Game-theoretic methods for locating camera towers and scheduling surveillance
  • A conversive hidden non-Markovian model based structure for discriminating spatio-temporal movement trajectories
  • Factors affecting the human error: representations of mental models for emergency management
  • Motivation and research in architectural intelligent tutoring
  • DEv-PROMELA: an extension of PROMELA for the modelling, simulation and verification of discrete-event systems
Additional papers
  • Accurate and rapid modelling of AFM tip morphology through scanning sphere nanoparticles
  • Taxi carpooling model and carpooling effects simulation
  • Establishment of cure kinetic model and study on reaction mechanism of resin-based thermal insulation coatings
  • Real-time multimodal transport path planning based on a pulse neural network model
  • Implementation of XFEM in the study of gear crack propagation behaviour using the SIF on different moments
  • Simulation modelling and analysis of a production line
  • Modelling and simulation on temperature and humidity decoupling of indoor environment

1 August 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Formulation & Drug Delivery USA Congress 2018

Inderscience is a media partner for Formulation & Drug Delivery USA Congress (12-13 March 2018, San Diego, USA).

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

Special issue published: "Virtual Networking, Cloud and Wireless Systems"

International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations 17(2/3) 2017
  • Geocacher's co-creation to sharing their own playful treasure hunt video experiences around the world
  • An intelligent network algorithm for enhanced security in a mobile ad hoc network
  • FPGA realisation-based architecture for direction-of-arrival in wireless communication
  • Hybrid algorithm based on genetic algorithm and PSO for task scheduling in cloud computing environment
  • A cluster-based network architecture scheme for QoS improvement in WLAN
  • Optimisation of energy efficient cellular learning automata algorithm for heterogeneous wireless sensor networks
  • The determinants of e-government cloud adoption: multi-case analysis of China
  • HCDA: hybrid collision aware data aggregation in wireless sensor networks
  • Energy-aware and stable cluster-based multipath routing protocol for wireless ad hoc networks
  • A novel high-dimensional data dimension reduction algorithm based on ameliorated supportive vector machine
  • Trust prediction model for certificate exchange and revocation in MANET
  • Strategic IT investment in B2B e-commerce platform on user loyalty: considering variable investment cost

Call for papers: "Advances and Applications of Computational Intelligence"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics.

Computational intelligence (CI) usually refers to the ability of a computer to learn a specific task from data or experimental observation. The principal constituents of Computational Intelligence (CI) are Fuzzy Logic (FL), Evolutionary Computation (EC), Machine Learning (ML) and Probabilistic Reasoning (PR), etc.
The development of Computational Intelligence (CI) systems was inspired by observable and imitable aspects of intelligent activity of human being and nature. The essence of the systems based on computational intelligence is to process and interpret data of various nature so that that CI is strictly connected with the increase of available data as well as capabilities of their processing, mutually supportive factors. Without them, the development of this field would be almost impossible, and its application practically marginal. That is why these techniques have especially developed in recent years. Developed theories of computational intelligence have been quickly applied in many fields of engineering, data analysis, forecasting, biomedicine and others. They are used in images and sounds processing and identifying, signals processing, multidimensional data visualisation, steering of objects, analysis of lexicographic data, requesting systems in banking, diagnostic systems, expert systems and many other practical implementations.
This special issue aims at presenting the latest developments, trends, research solutions and applications of computational intelligence to modelling and engineering problems with effective use of fuzzy logic control, neural networks and biology inspired optimisation techniques, etc.
We invite researchers to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuing efforts to improve the current state of art on the aforementioned fields.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Ant colony optimisation (ACO)
  • Bayesian network
  • Bee colony optimisation (BCO)
  • Cellular neural network (CNN)
  • Chaos theory
  • Computational intelligence (CI)
  • Evolutionary computing
  • Fuzzy logic control (FLC)
  • Genetic algorithms (GA)
  • Intelligent control
  • Machine learning
  • Meta-heuristic and swarm intelligence
  • Nature-inspired optimisation methods
  • Particle swarm optimisation (PSO)
  • Support vector machines
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 30 September, 2017
Notification to authors: 30 November, 2017
Final versions due by: 30 January, 2018

Research Picks – August 2017

Clearing the way
Wax deposited in well bores and pipelines is a major problem for the oil industry, resulting in waste material, blockages and overall loss of production. A team in India has now developed a novel solvent system that can quickly dissolve such wax deposits and get the oil moving freely again. Their final formulation was based on tests with 12 different solvents and three commercial dispersants. The optimal mixture could dissolve wax to between 72 and 83% of initial mass within three to six hours at ambient temperature, the team reports. This implies enormous potential for recovering solidified wax and opening up pipelines.
Banerjee, S., Kumar, S., Mandal, A. and Naiya, T.K. (2017) ‘Design of novel chemical solvent for treatment of waxy crude‘, Int. J. Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp.363-379.

Securing the IoT
The internet of things (IoT) is a far more complicated technological beast than the internet itself as it carries within it so many disparate devices, sensors and other technology that are not usually considered to exist within the world of computers. Environmental monitors, remote-controlled thermostats and windows, connected household goods such as refrigerators and washing machines and a whole range of industrial devices are but a fraction of the total IoT. As such there are many vulnerabilities in such an electronic ecosystem where malicious software might intrude and thence break through into other more critical systems higher up the system and compromise data and infrastructure. Researchers in China have now proposed a new trusted architecture that might preclude entry by many forms of malware attack and so make the IoT more secure at the fundamental level.
Cong, P., Ning, Z., Xue, F., Liu, H., Xu, K. and Li, H. (2017) ‘Trusted connection architecture of Internet of Things oriented to perception layer‘, Int. J. Wireless and Mobile Computing, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp.224-231.

Bioremediation of nitrate

The presence of nitrate in waste water and water resources is one of the most pressing pollution problems of the modern era. Much of the polluting nitrate is from agricultural fertilisers and can lead to toxic algal blooms as well as contaminating drinking water. Various techniques are available for removing nitrate from water including ion exchange, biological denitrification, chemical denitrification, catalytic denitrification, reverse osmosis and electrodialysis. Now, a team in India have demonstrated that bioremediation using a fluidised bed biofilm reactor (FBBR) could be the most effective method of denitrification and the technology should be adopted where severe nitrate ingress into waterways and aquifers is a significant problem because of intensive agricultural practices.
Burghate, S. and Ingole, N. (2017) ‘Bio-removal of nitrate from wastewater by FBBR‘, Int. J. Environment and Waste Management, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp.281-296.

Management agency and ventriloquism
Without communication there is no organization. However, our lives, both personal and in business are guided and nudged by dominant narratives that we do not necessarily see. Researchers in Denmark writing in the European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management hope to remedy that situation and render the invisible visible and to reveal the counter-narratives that exist in society.
Lundholt, M.W. (2017) ‘Fabric of counter-narratives: agency and ventriloquism‘, European J. CrossCultural Competence and Management, Vol. 4, Nos. 3/4, pp.316-325.