31 August 2017

Special issue published: "New Scopes in Embedded Computing"

International Journal of Embedded Systems 9(4) 2017
  • Creating recommendations in an energy-efficient and safety relevant driving system while considering driver stress and driver reaction
  • Different soft computing algorithms used in fire sensor node of wireless sensor network integrated with IoT
  • Eye blinks artefacts detection in a single EEG channel
  • Accident prevention and prescription by analysis of vehicle and driver behaviour
  • Implementation of a reliable mechanism for protecting IP cores on low-end FPGA devices
  • Designing an SRAM PUF-based secret extractor for resource-constrained devices
Additional papers
  • Efficient iceberg join processing in wireless sensor networks
  • Revocable hierarchical identity-based encryption over lattice for pay-TV systems

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Knowledge and Web Intelligence

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  • Web caching and prefetching with cyclic model analysis of web object sequences
  • A RESTful web service to estimating time requirements for web forms
  • Review of web crawlers
  • Case-based reasoning approach for utilisation of past remarks as advice for collaborative learning
  • Classification of English language learner writing errors using a parallel corpus with SVM
  • Paper-to-reviewer assignment, based on expertise degree of reviewers and relevance degree between reviewers and papers

Special issue published: "Innovation in Material Forming and Equipment"

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management 31(4) 2017
  • Finite element analysis of a taper U-shape in the U-bending process
  • Finite element analysis of crowbarring effect during electromagnetic forming
  • Criterion on enclosed die forging with a double-action link-type hydraulic die set
  • Investigation of magnetic abrasive finishing using unbonded magnetic abrasives with double pole arrangement
  • A fast and high-smooth velocity planning method for high-speed CNC machine tools
  • Parametric analysis on plastic deformation of materials during ultrasonic spot welding with different anvil geometries
Additional paper
  • Personalisation management in supply networks: an empirical study within the footwear industry

Call for papers: "Applications of Marketing Science in Asian Countries"

For a special issue of the Asian Journal of Management Science and Applications.

Dynamic multiculturalism continues to be a vital aspect of global marketing that affects consumers and businesses around the world. This special issue aims at focusing on the emergence of Asian countries as one of the leading markets in the global economy, and the associated application of marketing science that makes Asian countries an exciting opportunity for marketing practices today. There are numerous reasons to bring out the special issue for which the time is now opportune. The advent of research on emerging markets is increasing, especially in the Asian countries. Recent research within the last two decades (e.g., Sheth 2011; Gu, Hung, and Tse 2008; Hitt et al. 2000; Hoskisson et. al., 2000) have highlighted the challenges and excitement in the application of marketing science in the context of emerging markets. However, the marketing literature with a focus on Asian markets is still emerging (e.g., Jaikumar and Sarin, 2015; Mishra et al., 2015; Tat et al., 2015; Singh et al.,2015; Singh & Das, 2013). Moreover, the gross domestic product of the emerging markets will take over that of advanced markets by 2035 (Wilson and Purushothaman 2003). This issue emphasises the need for educators and business leaders to recognise, appreciate, and understand the significance of the application of marketing science in the Asian environment including different cultures and cross-cultural business practices, as they affect both domestic and multinational marketing strategies.

Both conceptual (or theoretical) papers, as well as empirical papers, are welcome, and the special issue is also agnostic to any method or methodologies that may be used by contributing authors.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the National Marketing Conference, 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:
  • Research methods in marketing
  • Application of new technologies in marketing
  • Experiment with and expend marketing practices in Asia
  • Generate and integrate new ideas in marketing
  • Comparison of marketing strategies
  • Marketing science and consumer protection
  • Neuroscience and marketing
  • Marketing research productivity
  • Selecting markets in Asia
  • Market entry modes in Asia
  • Marketing adaptation tools and techniques
  • Social media analytics
  • Marketing science and field experiments
  • Measurement of marketing effectiveness
  • Optimising click-through in online marketing
  • Technology driven marketing strategies

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

30 August 2017

Special issue published: "Clusters and Innovational Networks in the Context of Sustainable Development"

International Journal of Trade and Global Markets 10(2/3) 2017
  • Influence of clustering on innovational development of business structures in region's economy
  • Role of clusters and forms of public-private partnership in provision of sustainable growth on the basis of network cooperation within regional innovational system
  • Ways of corporate tax optimisation for cluster entities
  • Problems and perspectives of cluster formation in view of sustainability of development of regional business structures of the Russian Federation
  • Perspectives of use of mediation in the process of cluster development of economy of contemporary Russia
  • Corruption as obstacle for effective logistics of modern clusters
  • Motivation of company's top managers during implementation of an innovational project: financial and non-financial constituents
  • Inconsistency of theory, policy and practice of clustering in modern Russia
  • Financial transparency in budget sector of economy as a necessary condition of clustering
  • Legal provision of clustering in Russia as environment for development of innovations
  • Global and Russian nanotechnology product market development: comparison of trends and impact of sanctions
Additional papers
  • Past performance, family business and CEO succession: the case of Indonesia
  • Does the USA have market power in importing ethanol from Brazil?

Inderscience journals to publish expanded papers from 7th Global Conference on Global Warming

Extended versions of papers presented at the 7th Global Conference on Global Warming (24-28 June, 2018, Izmir, Turkey) will be published by the following journals:

Call for papers: "Induction Heating and Heat Treatment"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Microstructure and Materials Properties.

There are many ways to heat and heat treat metallic workpieces including the use of electromagnetic induction, which has become one of the most popular technologies due to its environmental friendliness, high energy efficiency, ergonomic advantages and ability to provide high production rates. In recent years, metal working industry has increased its technological knowledge of the production high quality components. This knowledge has led to many improvements in manufacturing powertrain and transmission components, gears and gear-like parts, long forged, rolled and extruded products and others. Novel steels appear quite regularly dramatically improving mechanical properties and microstructures resulting in many advancements in manufacturing critical components with superior properties including lower noise, lighter weight, energy efficiency, and lower cost as well as increased load-carrying capacity. The objective of this issue is to discuss innovations and breakthroughs that were recently developed in induction heating and heat treating technologies.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Theoretical and practical aspects of electromagnetic induction heating
  • Innovative process technologies
  • Computer modelling and optimisation
  • Microstructural and grain size control
  • Material properties
  • Hardening/tempering/stress relieving
  • Heating prior to warm and hot metal forming
  • Nondestructive testing
  • Failure analysis
  • Thermal processing development
  • Process monitoring and quality assurance
  • Advanced coil designs

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 8 November, 2017

Special issue published: "The Regulatory Response to China’s State-Owned Enterprise Investment Abroad"

International Journal of Public Policy 13(3/4/5) 2017
  • A comparative study of cross-border mergers and acquisitions by privately- and state-owned enterprises
  • Chinese state owned enterprises: an observer's guide
  • China's rising outbound investment: trends and issues
  • A tale of two sovereign funds: China's exceptionalism in sovereign wealth management through CIC and SAFE
  • Australia's foreign investment policy: an historical perspective
  • Australia's foreign investment approval regime: a new way forward
  • A strategic analysis of the Australian foreign investment regime and the prospect of reform
  • Chinese ODI and the deficiencies of Australia's foreign investment regime
  • Are free trade agreements making Swiss cheese of Australia's foreign investment regime?
  • China's outbound foreign direct investment: the US experience

29 August 2017

New Editor for International Journal of Multimedia Intelligence and Security

Prof. Abderrahim Benslimane from the University of Avignon in France has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Multimedia Intelligence and Security.

Special issue published: "Foresight, New Paradigms and Policies for Global Studies and Globalisation"

International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy 12(1/2/3) 2017
  • Thinking, future and 'non'-causality. On life and consciousness in the complex plane
  • Beyond Einstein's visions
  • A multi-perspective view on global economic and ecological system
  • Cultural and civilisational fractures of the global world
  • Outline for a "European democratic citizen service" (EDC) - a five-sector crisis training for all young Europeans
  • Foresight in worldwide academia enhances global governance of science
  • Perspectives on immigration and integration in Austria in 2015 and 2016: building policies on strategic intelligence
  • Web technologies for improving academic articles? A students' case study on North Korea
  • The Global Change Data Base pictures global dynamics

Free sample articles newly available from American Journal of Finance and Accounting

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  • Herding behaviour and market dynamic volatility: evidence from the US stock markets
  • Volume-herding interaction in the American market
  • Return and volatility spillover among the PIIGS economies and India
  • The relationship between dividend- and non-dividend-paying stock prices when considering financial distress
  • Expected utility and portfolio selection: an econometric study of Pakistan's commercial banking sector

Call for papers: "Applications of Computer and Engineering Technology in Enabling Technologies and Industrial Case Studies"

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

In recent years there have been emerging needs for advances in computer aided technologies and algorithm design for industrial case studies. Techniques are to be developed in various fields such as; optimisation technology, algorithms development, simulation technology, product lifecycle management, advanced manufacturing technology, CAD/CAPP/CAM/PLM/ERP/DNC/CAQ, data mining, P2P computing, ubiquitous and high-performance computing, green computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and others. Solutions to most of the engineering problems have become easier by application of computing engineering and technologies.

The aim of this special issue will be to bring together research work in the field of computer aided technologies and algorithm design which investigates the mathematical novel solutions, simulation and hardware applications as well as the future direction of this field that can benefit the mathematicians, computer scientist and engineers. We will not only take stock of trends and developments in the globally competitive environment, but we will also provide future directions to young researchers and practitioners.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Green computing
  • Computational intelligence
  • Optimisation technology
  • Algorithms development
  • Product lifecycle management
  • Advanced manufacturing technology
  • CAD/CAPP/CAM/PLM/ERP/DNC/CAQ
  • Data mining
  • P2P computing
  • Parallel and distributed algorithms
  • Pattern recognition and analysis
  • Reconfigurable computing
  • Simulation, and modelling
  • Systems and software engineering
  • Ubiquitous and high-performance computing

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 15 January, 2018
First round notification to authors: 30 March, 2018
Final versions due by: 30 April, 2018
Notification to authors: 15 May, 2018

28 August 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Battery and Energy Storage Conference 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Battery and Energy Storage Conference 2017 (28-29 November 2017, Coventry, UK).





Special issue on: "Advances in Evolutionary Computation and its Applications"

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering 15(1/2) 2017
  • Variable penalty factors: a new GEP automatic clustering algorithm
  • A new group search optimiser integrating multiply strategies
  • A dynamic search space strategy for swarm intelligence
  • Complex splitting of context-aware recommendations
  • MEMS-based seismic intensity instrument for earthquake early warning
  • An improved floc image segmentation algorithm based on Otsu and particle swarm optimisation
  • Application of interactive evolutionary strategy in fault-tolerant system capable of online self-repairing
  • Building business process ontology based on concept hierarchy model
  • Optimised placement of wireless sensor networks by evolutionary algorithm
  • Multi-objective cluster head election in cluster-based wireless sensor networks
  • A novel chaotic key-based algorithm for still images
  • An improved adaptive selection search for block motion estimation
  • The development and application of the ontology for tractor fault diagnosis
  • Research on modified teaching-learning-based optimisation algorithm for estimating parameters of Van Genuchten equation
Additional papers
  • Temporal dynamic recommendation based on data imputation through association analysis
  • Including category information as supplements in latent semantic analysis of Hindi documents
  • Fuzzy time series forecasting based on information granule and neural network
  • The analysis and recognition of Chinese temporal expressions based on a mixtured model using statistics and rules

Call for papers: "Sustainable Competitiveness for Industrial and Service Excellence"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Services and Operations Management.

The main challenges before the organisations are to manufacture goods and provide services in the global competition. This demands an increase in productive efficiency of the organisations. Industrial Engineering plays a vital role in increasing productivity. Industrial Engineering techniques are used to analyse and improve the work methods in order to eliminate waste and proper allocation and utilisation of resources. The ultimate objective is to achieve sustainable competitiveness, which reflects the search for a development model that would balance economic prosperity and social sustainability.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at International Conference on Advances in Industrial Engineering Applications (ICAIEA2018), 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:
  • Application of metaheuristics
  • Applied operations research
  • Design of experiments
  • Engineering optimisation
  • Enterprise resource planning
  • Facility location and layout design
  • Financial engineering
  • Healthcare management
  • Inventory and materials management
  • Just in time manufacturing
  • Knowledge management
  • Lean six sigma
  • Manufacturing systems engineering
  • Operations management
  • Product design and development
  • Safety engineering
  • Supply chain and logistics management
  • Total employee involvement

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 1 March, 2018
Notification to authors: 30 May, 2018
Final versions due by: 30 July, 2018

New Editor for International Journal of Functional Informatics and Personalised Medicine

Dr. Jialing Zhang from Yale University in the USA has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Functional Informatics and Personalised Medicine.

27 August 2017

Special issue published: "Wine Businesses"

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business 32(1/2) 2017
  • When collective action drives corporate social responsibility implementation in small and medium-sized enterprises: the case of a network of French winemaking cooperatives
  • Château Kefraya, a small-medium sized Lebanese winery with a socially responsible business model
  • Innovation ecosystem: a trigger for new product development? Exploring the acceptance of a sparkling red wine amongst Spanish small business actors
  • Are there differing strategies for social media use by winery size in California?
  • Two models of representation for the baby boom and millennium generations in France: 'elitist identity capital' v. 'universal, democratic capital'
  • Modifying wine alcohol content: sensory and non-sensory impacts on quantities consumed
  • Study of product repositioning for the Marsala Vergine DOC wine
  • Entrepreneurial orientation, strategic processes and SMEs' performance in a turbulent environment: an investigation of the Languedoc-Roussillon wine sector
  • Legitimacy: the missing link in investigating the dynamics of entrepreneurial teams in successful champagne houses
  • Cognitive and partnership dimensions in merger processes in agricultural cooperatives: the case of winery cooperatives in Languedoc-Roussillon
  • An understanding of peer support in an effectual entrepreneurial process: case of French wine-entrepreneurs
  • Strategic grouping in a fragmented market: SMEs' strive for legitimacy
  • Evolution of the concept of performance in the wine industry: a literature review

Call for papers: "Industrial Engineering Models for Business Excellence"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Business Excellence.

The application of scientific management philosophies plays a vital role for business excellence in both service and manufacturing industries. However, the companies face challenges in designing a systematic management structure to strive for operational excellence. Though they are involved in the development of business growth models and creating solutions to the problems in the company, it appears that there is no coherent management plan to maximise the benefits. People are not connected enough to the larger business needs. The management infrastructure is unable to change to stay competitive. Therefore, the companies are restructuring operations and adopting world-class practices in their bid to expand profits and become competitive globally. The ‘organisational intelligence’ that calls for the integration of various industrial engineering principles, models, techniques and algorithms is essential for operational excellence. This would facilitate the sustainable improvement of key performance metrics. Hence it is necessary to explore the use of such methodologies to leverage operations for business growth.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at International Conference on Advances in Industrial Engineering Applications (ICAIEA2018), 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:
  • Application of metaheuristics
  • Applied ergonomics
  • Big data and analytics
  • Business process reengineering
  • Engineering optimisation
  • Engineering quality control
  • Industrial scheduling
  • Lean six sigma
  • Physical asset management
  • Product design and development
  • Project management
  • Reliability engineering and maintenance
  • Robotics, as/rs, factory automation
  • Strategic and organisational management
  • Systems modeling and simulation
  • Taguchi techniques
  • Total productive maintenance
  • Total quality management
  • Usability engineering

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 1 March, 2018
Notification to authors: 30 May, 2018
Final versions due by: 30 July, 2018

Special issue published: "Algorithms and Applications in Computational Biology"

International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications 13(3) 2017
  • Understanding the role of Salmonella pathogenic island 1 (SPI-I) and host-pathogen interaction for typhoid using system biology approach
  • Protein interaction based features' extraction
  • Analysis for biological network properties of Alzheimer's disease associated gene set by enrichment and topological examinations
  • Insilco new aspects of peptide-based vaccine designing for human papilloma virus infection
  • Extensive computational analysis of chromosome 11
  • Modelling and receptor-based virtual screening studies of GPR139
  • Mining of yield components and other associated quantitative traits in various crops
  • Docking and molecular dynamics studies for developing Microcin C7 as an alternative drug against diphtheria toxin
  • In silico identification of vaccine candidate from various screening methods against hepatitis C virus

International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking increases issues

The International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking has announced that it will be increasing issues from six to eight from 2018 onwards.

26 August 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Partnership in Biocontrol, Biostimulants and Microbiome 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Partnership in Biocontrol, Biostimulants and Microbiome (2-3 November 2017, Philadelphia, USA).

The journals involved are:




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  • Supporting cultural education using digital concept mapping
  • Contributing in an ethno-oriented methodology: the case of Greek students who learn Russian verbs of motion
  • A framework for cultural heritage content organisation, dissemination and communication in large-scale virtual environments
  • Design patterns and coding practices for performance-optimised JQuery Mobile cultural sites
  • On the implementation of a digital map for cultural heritage
  • Cultural heritage open data for developing an educational platform
  • Ionian music archive: application of digitisation, management, protection and dissemination technologies for musical cultural heritage

Call for papers: "Intelligent Transportation Techniques for Vehicle Tracking and Accident Identification Systems"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Heavy Vehicle Systems.

Due to recent technological and population growth, the utilisation of vehicles is quickly increasing and at the same time the number of accidents is also increased. Transportation networks are very important in current life. Accordingly, enormous research efforts have been dedicated to this field in the recent past. Constructive vehicular connectivity techniques can significantly intensify the efficiency of travel, improve safety and reduce traffic incidents and congestion. Intelligent transportation systems have resulted in more sensors being used in different features of transportation science and engineering. Sensor-based monitoring, operation, designing, control, and decision making has been the trend in air, water, and ground transportation systems, for safety, durability, and comfort, as well as environmental sustainability. Various traditional and newly-developed sensors have been used in various aspects of transportation systems for accurate information acquisition, effective monitoring, vehicle tracking and accident identification.
 
The special issue aims to publish original, significant and visionary papers that present ideas, innovations, and applications of intelligent transportation techniques for vehicle tracking and accident identification systems.
 
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Trips, falls and crush accidents prevention
  • Accident prevention involving machinery
  • Intelligent techniques for advanced vehicle tracing and vehicle control system
  • Vehicle fault identification and detection with control
  • Intelligent systems for vehicle accident detection and notification
  • Intelligent techniques for car authentication
  • Monitoring and recording of airfield areas for operation and safety purposes
  • Novel intelligent techniques for railway inspection and monitoring techniques
  • Rail network-wide sensing, control and management
  • Intelligent transportation systems and traffic control to reduce emissions
  • Intelligent transportation technologies to reduce (fossil) fuel consumption
 
Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 28 February, 2018
Notification to authors: 30 April, 2018
Final versions due by: 15 June, 2018

Special issue published: "Restoration and Architectural Heritage Reusing"

International Journal of Masonry Research and Innovation 2(2/3) 2017
  • Assessment of the seismic risk of the museum of Casa Vasari in Arezzo (Italy)
  • Interdependence of mechanical parameters on probabilistic seismic performance of masonry towers
  • Damage assessment of the Baptistery of San Giovanni in Florence by means of numerical modelling
  • Advanced numerical insight into the structural damage of masonry vaults under seismic excitation: two valuable case studies
  • Comparison of methodologies for evaluating the seismic vulnerability of the sanctuary of Madonna della Libera in Pratola Peligna
Additional papers
  • Temperature-related performance factors for chemical demolition agents
  • Strengthening of masonry vaults with transversal diaphragms: a numerical approach

25 August 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Plant Genomics & Gene Editing Congress: USA 2017

Inderscience is a media partner for Plant Genomics & Gene Editing Congress: USA (2-3 November 2017, Philadelphia, USA).

The journals involved are:

Special issue published: "New Challenges in Bio-Inspired Algorithms in Complex and Distributed Problems"

International Journal of Bio-Inspired Computation 10(2) 2017
  • A distributed combinatorial optimisation heuristic for the scheduling of energy resources represented by self-interested agents
  • Communication overlay for communities of collaborative agents in smart grid domains
  • Multi-leader migrating birds optimisation: a novel nature-inspired metaheuristic for combinatorial problems
  • Robust variant of artificial bee colony (JA-ABC4b) algorithm
  • A meta-heuristic learning approach for the non-intrusive detection of impersonation attacks in social networks
  • Network size and topology impact on trust-based ranking
  • Extending the SACOC algorithm through the Nyström method for dense manifold data analysis
  • Solving strategy board games using a CSP-based ACO approach

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing increases issues

The International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing has announced that it will be increasing issues from four to six from 2018 onwards.

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

24 August 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology 2018

Inderscience is a media partner for Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology (30-31 January 2018, Rome, Italy).



Special issue published: "Roles of Local Policy Incentives and Business Strategies in World Development"

International Journal of Business and Globalisation 19(2) 2017
  • Problem analysis of 'underdevelopment whirlpools' as an obstacle for economic growth in Asian countries
  • Social enterprise for sustainable development: Green Industry approach
  • How to transform creative ideas into creative products: learning from the success of batik fractal 
  • The role of tourist attraction and uniqueness of resources on value creation in the tourist destination
  • Effect of market orientation on innovation in the footwear industry of Cibaduyut Bandung
  • Partnership pattern of stakeholders in developing centres of small and medium scale flagship industry in Bandung City
  • The application of lean practices on new product development processes
Additional papers
  • Study of Indian exports and imports; sectoral trend analysis for 19 years between 1996-1997 to 2014-2015
  • Assessing regional competitiveness in greater China

International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies increases issues

The International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies has announced that it will be increasing issues from four to six from 2018 onwards.

Call for papers: "Advances in Materials Forming"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Materials Engineering Innovation.

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

23 August 2017

Inderscience is media partner for Inhalation & Respiratory Drug Delivery USA Congress 2018

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

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


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

Special issue published: "Orchestration and Emergent Applications for Grid and Cloud Computing"

International Journal of Grid and Utility Computing 8(2) 2017
  • Middleware, framework and novel computing models for grid and cloud service orchestration
  • Cognitive application area networks
  • MAROQ: a resource allocation model driven through quality of experience
  • A study of comparative clustering of EU countries using the DBSCAN and k-means techniques within the theoretical framework of systemic geopolitical analysis
  • A smart storage optimisation technique on the cloud
  • SLAs for cloud applications: agreement protocol and REST-based implementation
  • Flexible simulations of complex networks in OpenStack clouds
  • Combining reputation and QoS measures to improve cloud service composition
Regularly submitted paper
  • A new inter-cloud service-level guarantee protocol applied to space missions

International Journal of Monetary Economics and Finance increases issues

The International Journal of Monetary Economics and Finance has announced that it will be increasing issues from four to six from 2018 onwards.

22 August 2017

Inderscience is media partner for ASIAN Pharma Packaging Conference 2017 (2nd APPCON India)

Inderscience is a media partner for the 2nd ASIAN Pharma Packaging Conference (2-3 November 2017, Mumbai, India).

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


Call for papers: "Clean Energy: Innovation in Policy, Management and Praxis"

For a special issue of the International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning.

This special issue aims to conceptualise how technology that permits to generate energy from renewable sources (i.e. clean energy) is embedded in policy goals, policy design, planning and implementation at all levels. The objective is to receive contributions that draw on available and emergent technological solutions for clean energy, but focus on the range of policy and governance issues related to expansion of utilisation of renewable energy sources (RES). To reiterate, rather than discuss technology that underpins the use of RES, the objective is to highlight the drivers, policy approaches, governance issues and management problems related to the reduction of dependency on fossil fuels. These issues and topics can be discussed at the level of a firm, a local community, a region and the national economy.

The targeted readership includes both academics and practitioners. Among academics there will be those with technical and engineering background who are interested in emerging technologies in the clean energy field, and how these technologies are linked with policy-making. Other academics will include those who are more on the policy, strategy or governance side, i.e. researchers in the business schools focusing on management issues. Practitioners are likely to be interested in case studies on implementation of clean energy solutions and specific solutions in management (e.g. at the firm level) and governance. An attraction for both academics and practitioners is the international experience in the clean energy field that will be concentrated in a special issue. Furthermore, the international experience of industrialised and transitional nations will attract international readership.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
  • Energy security through the lens of clean energy (i.e. energy from renewable sources)
  • Clean energy: emergent trends, solutions, the interlinks between technology and policy
  • Policy regarding renewable energy sources (RES)
  • Reduction of dependency on fossil fuels: drivers, critical success factors, policy and governance issues
  • Governance of RES: macro (national) level, case studies of success and failure in the promotion of RES
  • RES management at the micro (company) level, the community and regional levels, case studies
  • The role of feed-in tariffs in the promotion of RES: the international best practice and implementation solutions in the specific contexts and/or nations
  • Impediments to RES promotion: manifestations, reasons and improvement opportunities
  • How policy on RES integrates (or not) with implementation practice, financing options, the community spirit, people' mindset, and consumer behaviour
  • Public-private collaboration for the promotion of RES: what each partner can contribute, interaction issues, governance structures
  • Models that might ensure successful promotion of clean energy: critical elements, policy decisions, financing mechanisms, implementation strategy

Important Dates
Manuscripts due by: 10 December, 2017

International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics increases issues

The International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics has announced that it will be increasing issues from four to six from 2018 onwards.

Research Picks Bonus – August 2017

Lock up your health
Electronic health records can contain information about hospital visits, test results, surgical history, eating and drinking habits, sexuality, allergies, medications, psychological profiles, and other personal information that is useful to your physician and healthcare workers but might also be exploited by cybercriminals. Keeping the keys to your health records safe is just as important when it comes to your privacy as it is for securing your home. Now, researchers from Germany and Nigeria have worked together to develop a bio-cryptographic system that can ensure patient privacy by using a very personal key – a biometric that is used to lock up the data.
Omotosho, A., Emuoyibofarhe, J. and Meinel, C. (2017) ‘Ensuring patients’ privacy in a cryptographic-based-electronic health records using bio-cryptography‘, Int. J. Electronic Healthcare, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp.227-254.

Pollinating problems
An algorithm that solves non-linear equations by mimicking the way in which flowers are pollinated has been developed by researchers in Egypt and Yemen. The algorithm provides a way to quickly address complex scientific and engineering problems involving such equations, which usually do not succumb to anything but the brute force calculating power of supercomputers, such as fluid flow, macromolecular simulations, fracturing of structural materials and even weather and climate forecasting. The technique avoids the common pitfall of other algorithms whereby the answer to a question gets trapped in the local energy minimum of the possible solutions.
Rushdy, E., Adel-Baset, M. and Hezam, I.M. (2017) ‘Solving systems of nonlinear equations via conjugate direction flower pollination algorithm‘, Int. J. Computing Science and Mathematics, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp.201-209.

Nutty chocolate
A lactose free and entirely vegetarian chocolate product is being formulated by scientists in Brazil using macadamia nuts. The product not only offers a new option for chocolate lovers but exploits the fact that São Mateus, located in the State of Espirito Santo is the second largest producer of macadamia nuts. However, surprisingly initial tests of the market niche for such a product were not positive but point to a need to sell to specialty stores rather than the general public. Given that there is a large number of lactose intolerant people in the population of Brazil, the team suggests there is a niche market that might be opened to macadamia chocolate nevertheless.
Bonelá Fontoura, W., de Lorena Diniz Chaves, G. and da Silva Arrieche, L. (2017) ‘Assessing product concept of a chocolate formulated with vegetal extracts‘, Int. J. Business Innovation and Research, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp.1-17.

Ant transportation
It might be possible to make safer the transportation of dangerous goods by following the methods used by ants to build their colonies. A model of an ant colony forms the basis of a logistics method for deciding which routes are to be used by transporters of such goods, according to research from China. The researchers involved explain that transport networks for dangerous goods are complicated and that there are many uncertainties involved in their use that must be considered in a risk assessment. Their optimized model of a dangerous goods transport network was established with an ant colony algorithm that can be coupled with geographic information to construct a visual optimization platform to reduce risks and make the transportation of such goods safer and more efficient.
He, R., Ma, C., Jia, X., Xiao, Q. and Qi, L. (2017) ‘Optimisation of dangerous goods transport based on the improved ant colony algorithm‘, Int. J. Computing Science and Mathematics, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp.210-217.

21 August 2017

Special issue published: "QoEQoS Correlation Models for Distributed Multimedia Services"

International Journal of Advanced Media and Communication 7(2) 2017
  • Gradient vector flow combined saliency analysis for active contours
  • Research on precision marketing data source system based on big data
  • A semi-supervised locally linear embedding spectral clustering algorithm
  • Sparsity constrained model for the semantic features selection
  • Improved adaptive multi-objective particle swarm algorithm under big data
  • Structured sparsity model with spatial similarity regularisation for semantic feature selection
  • Delay-dependent stability analysis of convection-diffusion equations with delay
  • A method study on the value chain optimisation of tourism industry based on big data

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: 31 March, 2018
Notification to authors: 15 July, 2018
Final versions due by: 1 September, 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

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: 31 January, 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