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Updated: 2018-03-24T19:00:48.529+00:00


Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Internet Manufacturing and Services


The following sample articles from the International Journal of Internet Manufacturing and Services are now available here for free:
  • Establishing a factory simulation system for cloud-based simulation services
  • Development of location-based services for recommending departure stations to park and ride users: a note
  • Uniform parallel machine scheduling problems with a truncation sum-of-logarithm-processing-times-based learning effect
  • The impact of IT implementation on quality of shared information and its effect on firm performance: evidence from China
  • Semantic web service discovery in a mobile environment

Special issue published: "Sustainability Accounting"


International Journal of Critical Accounting 9(5/6) 2017
  • Dynamic development of carbon reduction strategy and performance measurement systems
  • Climate change accounting: the challenge of uncertainty in Pacific Islands
  • A judicial approach to accounting and accountability for sustainability: a New Zealand case study of the impacts of commercial hydroelectric operations
  • Impact of corporate social responsibility disclosures on financial performance - a Jordanian case study
  • The association between corporate social responsibility and dividend pay-outs
  • The development of carbon management as a strategic practice: an Australian study
  • Role of doctoral education in shaping minds and thinking: reflection on my doctoral education at Case Western Reserve University
  • Irreconcilable differences? The FASB's conceptual framework and the public interest
  • The role of accounting conservatism in the relationship between ownership structure and firm performance

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management


The following sample articles from the International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management are now available here for free:
  • Evaluating subjectivity in credit risk assessments in mid-market lending: an Indian experience
  • Impact of Six Sigma approach on SMEs of Northern India - an empirical investigation
  • Risk assessment of port competitiveness based on vague soft sets
  • An assessment of orthogonal defect classification in quality assurance
  • Regional business continuity management comparative analysis

International Journal of Public Law and Policy to publish expanded papers from SIEL 2018 Global Conference


Extended versions of papers presented at the SIEL 2018 Global Conference (12-14 July 2018, American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC, USA) will be published by the International Journal of Public Law and Policy.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisation


The following sample articles from the International Journal of Logistics Economics and Globalisationare now available here for free:
  • Using narbs to create narrative maps from unstructured Big Data: a case study
  • Non-iterative algorithm for finding shortest route
  • Glowworm swarm optimisation algorithm for nonlinear fixed charge transportation problem in a single stage supply chain network
  • Productivity change of UK airports
  • The changing strategic roles for warehousing in an emerging economy: case study in Ukraine

Special issue published: "Financial and Banking Sector in Central and Eastern Europe After a Quarter-Century of Transition"


International Journal of Monetary Economics and Finance 11(1) 2018
  • Interest rate development as an indicator of credit market integration
  • Effect of macroeconomic determinants on non-performing loans in Central and Eastern European countries
  • The evaluation of banking stability in the European Union countries
  • SVAR description of ECB monetary policy effects via banking sector in individual EA countries: case of Slovenia
  • Conventional and unconventional balance sheet practices and their impact on currency stability

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development


The following sample articles from the International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development are now available here for free:
  • The challenge of professionalism and institutional self-understanding: a short communication
  • Self-reports of organisational citizenship behaviour: a researchers' dilemma
  • Planned knowledge locations in cities: studying emergence and change
  • Cooperation and knowledge exchanges in creative careers: network support for fashion designers' careers
  • Investing in human capital: an analysis of the mismatch between theoretical claim and managerial behaviour

International Journal of Modelling in Operations Management announces Best Reviewer Award


Prof. Keng-Boon Ooi, Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Modelling in Operations Management, is proud to announce that Dr. Krishna Moorthy Manicka Nadar of Universiti Tunku Abul Rahman in Malaysia has won the Best Reviewer Award for 2017. Krishna Moorthy Manicka Nadar has contributed greatly to ensuring the high standard of research published in the journal.

Special issue published: "Information Technology for Organisation Development"


International Journal of Information and Communication Technology 13(1) 2018
  • A new multi-criteria decision process to prioritise requirements
  • An empirical study of clone detection in MATLAB/Simulink models
  • Modelling UML state machines with FoCaLiZe
  • De-noising by Gammachirp and Wiener filter-based methods for speech enhancement
  • Remote sensing image retrieval using object-based, semantic classifier techniques
  • Intuitionistic fuzzy local binary pattern for features extraction
  • A lossless image encryption algorithm using matrix transformations and XOR operation
  • Swarm intelligence algorithms in cryptanalysis of simple Feistel ciphers

New Editor for International Journal of Technology and Globalisation


Dr. Devrim Göktepe-Hulten from Lund University in Sweden has been appointed to take over editorship of the International Journal of Technology and Globalisation.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Happiness and Development


The following sample articles from the International Journal of Happiness and Development are now available here for free:
  • Perceived environmental quality and subjective well-being: are African countries different from developed countries?
  • Wellbeing, economic development and economic growth: a literature synthesis and proposed theory
  • The mediating role of work-family conflict in the relationship between demands and turnover intentions
  • Psychological factors of impulsive savings traits: survey carried out in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam

Special issue published: "Sliding Mode Control Theory and Application"


International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control 29(2) 2018
  • Distributed second order sliding mode control for networked robots synchronisation: theory and experimental results
  • Discrete time quasi-sliding mode control of nonlinear uncertain systems
  • Finite frequency observer design for T-S fuzzy systems with unknown inputs: an LMI approach
  • Terminal sliding mode control-based MPPT for a photovoltaic system with uncertainties
  • A novel sliding mode controller scheme for a class of nonlinear uncertain systems
  • Faults reconstruction for output time-delay systems: sliding mode observer approach
  • Modelling of the effect of interface morphology on hydrogen diffusion in a clad plate
  • Parameter identification and optimisation for a class of fractional-order chaotic system with time delay
  • A new type-2 fuzzy modelling and identification for electrophysiological signals: a comparison between PSO, BBO, FA and GA approaches

The power of crowdfunding


Once upon a time, entrepreneurs and others might seek financial backing for a project from corporate entities, government, grant-awarding bodies, and perhaps even public donations. In the age of online social networking and social media, a new opportunity for raising capital has emerged and has been dubbed crowdfunding.

With the help of crowdfunding, aspiring entrepreneurs can raise money from a large number of ordinary people (the “crowd”). Since crowdfunding is Internet-mediated, it generally involves offering incentives and recruiting donations through social media activities, such as blogging, sharing videos and photos, and perhaps even podcasting. Now, researchers in Germany have investigated how three of the most well-known “Web 2.0” systems – Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn – interact and can be best used to improve the outcome of a crowdfunding campaign.

Kaja Joanna Fietkiewicz, Carina Hoffmann, and Elmar Lins of the Heinrich Heine University, in Düsseldorf, Germany, have focused on the various factors that actually lead to success in a crowdfunding success. Importantly, they point out that the emergence of countless Web 2.0, social media, and social networking websites and applications, and almost certainly the advent of the smartphone have made national boundaries almost transparent. This allows an entrepreneur in one place to reach a global audience.

The researchers have found that it seems that Facebook offers the greatest opportunity for electronic “word-of-mouth” marketing of a campaign whereas LinkedIn and YouTube, which are in several ways more passive online tools than Facebook, offered a different type of eWoM. YouTube can increase interest despite the weak ties between users in contrast to the strong communities on Facebook. Any impact of LinkedIn a crowdfunding campaign seems to rely on priming via Facebook and/or YouTube.

Fundamentally, the team says, “An optimal solution for founders appears to be to focus on the connection of two social media platforms, e.g., Facebook or YouTube for eWoM, and LinkedIn for social capital.” They add that the common assumption that if nobody sees it, it didn’t happen holds true. “A great business-oriented network might be the decisive point for many investors,” they add. Hence, entrepreneurs must either turn to their own network and start the domino effect of eWoM on Facebook, or make an appealing and informative video that will be distributed by those who are not necessarily familiar with the project, but will be interested to see something engaging on YouTube and share their thoughts and perhaps even pledge to the campaign and encourage others to do so also.

Fietkiewicz, K.J., Hoffmann, C. and Lins, E. (2018) ‘Find the perfect match: the interplay among Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn on crowdfunding success‘, Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 33, No. 4, pp.472-493.

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


The following sample articles from the International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets are now available here for free:
  • Eco-innovation and financial performance at companies established in Brazil
  • The role of the diaspora in the emergence of economic and territorial intelligence in Haiti
  • Determinants of mandatory reporting: the influence of emerging markets
  • Learning organisations as a part of the process of building the competitiveness and innovativeness in rural areas
  • Agglomeration effect on subsidiary capability scope and performance: an empirical study of electronic industry in China

Special issue published: "Advanced Cooperative Computing"


International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering 16(2) 2018
  • Towards optimisation of replicated erasure codes for efficient cooperative repair in cloud storage systems
  • Signal prediction based on boosting and decision stump
  • A matching approach to business services and software services
  • Using online dictionary learning to improve Bayer pattern image coding
  • Feature binding pulse-coupled neural network model using a double colour space
  • A new model of vehicular ad hoc networks based on artificial immune theory
  • Cricket chirping algorithm: an efficient meta-heuristic for numerical function optimisation
  • Optimising the stiffness matrix integration of n-noded 3D finite elements
  • A cost effective graph-based partitioning algorithm for a system of linear equations
  • A based-on-set-partitioning exact approach to multi-trip of picking up and delivering customers to airport
  • Reliability prediction and QoS selection for web service composition

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Applied Pattern Recognition


The following sample articles from the International Journal of Applied Pattern Recognition are now available here for free:
  • A modified GA classifier for offline Tamil handwritten character recognition
  • Multi-aspects of emotional electrocardiogram classification in combination with musical stimuli and composite features
  • Two-stage classification approach for the recognition of handwritten atomic 
  • A novel optimised face recognition application based on modified shuffled frog leaping algorithm
  • Camera movement artefact correction
  • Local binary patterns and wrinkle analysis in combination with multi-class support vector machine for human age classification

World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research to publish expanded papers from VREF Conference on Urban Freight 2018


Extended versions of papers presented at the VREF Conference on Urban Freight 2018 (17-19 October 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden) will be published by the World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research.

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy


The following sample articles from the International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy are now available here for free:
  • A regression analysis on job stress management from Agriculture Engineering Organization experts' perception
  • Effect of institutional factors on internal market orientation: a structural analysis
  • Business and economics in Africa - one story or many?
  • Measurement of service quality of automobile organisation by artificial neural network
  • The emergence and workings of a process view in public education policy
  • Institutionalism in organisation studies: navigating paradigmatic incommensurability

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Industrial Electronics and Drives


The following sample articles from the International Journal of Industrial Electronics and Drives are now available here for free:
  • Development of the C-dump topology-based four-level converter for switched reluctance motor drives
  • Power electronics in smart grid distribution power systems: a review
  • Sensorless control of PMSM drive using extended Kalman filter and fuzzy logic controller
  • Fuzzy logic MPPT control for a solar PV module applied to water pumping

Special issue published: "Sustainable Inventory Management"


International Journal of Inventory Research 4(4) 2017
  • Closed-loop supply chain simulation with disruption considerations: a case-study on Tesla
  • Dynamic pricing and profit maximisation: a simulation-based approach for agri-fresh products retailing in India
  • Single-vendor multi-buyer game theoretic model under multi-factor dependent demand
  • Deterministic inventory model for items with linear demand, variable deterioration and partial backlogging

Free sample articles newly available from International Journal of Services Technology and Management


The following sample articles from the International Journal of Services Technology and Management are now available here for free:
  • Comparing security vulnerability by operating system environment
  • Design and implementation of Hadoop platform for processing big data of logistics which is based on IoT
  • Keyless signature infrastructure and PKI: hash-tree signatures in pre- and post-quantum world
  • Design and implementation of lightweight network access control technique on wireless router
  • A study on decision support system based on the fuzzy logic approach for the livestock service management
  • System security manager education framework
  • Efficient resource provisioning for virtual clusters on the cloud
  • Secure rank correlation computation for IoT applications
  • Analysis on the thermo-control characteristics of moxibustion device based on temperature sensing data
  • Empirical analysis of anti-reversing schemes for protecting mobile codes in the internet-of-things
  • A privacy-preserving URL-hiding scheme for the web of things
  • Analysis of random noise generated by graphic processing units

Special issue published: "Powertrains Modelling and Control" (includes two free full-text articles)


International Journal of Powertrains 7(1/2/3) 2018
  • Analysis and design exploration of single stage compound stepped planetary gear transmissions
  • Dynamic modelling of the turbocharged gasoline direct injection air-path using mean value and linear parameter varying models
  • A numerical study of intake valve jet flapping in a gasoline direct injection engine
  • Predictive control of commercial e-vehicle using a priori route information
  • Effect of radial turbo-expander design on off-highway vehicle organic Rankine cycle system efficiency
  • Structural analysis and topology optimisation of an aftercooler cover for weight reduction in off-highway engine application
  • Design of experiments to generate a fuel cell electro-thermal performance map and optimise transitional pathways
  • Design optimisation for an additively manufactured automotive component [open access free full-text access]
  • Microgeometrical tooth profile modification influencing efficiency of planetary hub gears
  • A study of transient over-fuelling during heavy knock in an optical spark ignition engine
  • A study into different cell-level cooling strategies for cylindrical lithium-ion cells in automotive applications [open access free full-text access]
  • A hardware-in-the-loop test rig for development of electric vehicle battery identification and state estimation algorithms
  • Upgrading conventional cars to solar hybrid vehicles

Research Picks – 15 Mar 2018


Personality traits and FacebookHow does one’s personality correlate with social media use? That was the question researchers in Jordan hoped to answer. They have looked at Facebook use and the big five personality traits in the context of online social networking activity in a developing nation. They demonstrated from a statistical analysis of a small survey of 260 people that the intensity of Facebook activity is negatively affected by three personality traits – neuroticism, agreeableness and conscientiousness. It is positively affected by extraversion. The fifth big trait, openness apparently has no significant effect on activity in the users surveyed. They found that gender was not a barrier to usage, academic level only affected usage positively among neurotic and open people and negatively among conscientious people. Usage was always more than that considered to be addictive behaviour, according to Facebook’s guidelines.El-Tah, Z.K.R. and Jaradat, M-I.R.M. (2018) ‘The big five personality traits and their relationship with the intensity of using Facebook: a developing country perspective‘, Int. J. Business Information Systems, Vol. 27, No. 4, pp.512-537.Online hearing lossAs with other walks of life, hearing loss can affect detrimentally the benefits one might gain from audio and video content online. Captioning is a popular mechanism to make audio accessible to the hearing impaired whereas signing might be used in some video contexts. Researchers in India are developing a novel visual aid that could allow the hearing impaired to “see” the audio in a video. The tool produces a speech synchronised visual lip movement sequence for a video. The lip movement sequence is then superimposed onto and displayed along with the original video. The team has successfully tested feasibility and usefulness of this novel tool.Bhat, C. and Kopparapu, S.K. (2018) ‘Usable technology for the differently abled-hearing impairment‘, Int. J. Humanitarian Technology, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp.3-18.Trade and healthThe effects of trade on public health have been investigated by researchers in the USA. They have looked at data spanning the period 1965-2013 and look at international trade and life expectancy in 25 less-developed countries. Their analysis suggests that international trade and life expectancy have a positive long-run relationship, however it could be a bidirectional correlation in terms of cause and effect. In other words, it might be that more international trade means longer life expectancy or vice versa, that people living longer leads to greater international trade. In light of this, the team suggests that policies should be implemented in these countries that promote trade and quality of life, simultaneously.Palamuleni, M.L. (2017) ‘Trade openness and life expectancy nexus in less-developed countries‘, Int. J. Trade and Global Markets, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp.290-302.Renewables renewedThere appears to be a causal relationship between the use of renewable energy sources and environmental indicators. For instance, great renewable use points to reduced effects of climate change, human toxicity, respiratory impact, ionising radiation, freshwater eutrophication, marine eutrophication, freshwater ecotoxicity, land use, and mineral and fossil resource depletion. According to research from Spain this applies to developed and developing nations. In other words, we should be focusin[...]