Friday, August 3, 2012

Call for papers: Social Knowledge Discovery and Management

A special issue of International Journal of Social Network Mining

With the rising popularity of social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo Answer, etc.), some types of spontaneous experience are being gained by daily users. This type of experience can be recognised as a particular way to cultivate domain knowledge.

One typical instance is friend-sourcing. Friend-sourcing gathers social information in a social context which can be used to personalise users’ computing experiences, for example to aid answering questions for topics comprehensible only to a few of a user’s friends. That is, people search on the web (i.e. social environment) to find solutions for issues that they are dealing, rather than finding them through traditional methods.

This reveals not only the problems that are being solved but also the process through which knowledge is discovered based upon the experience of other people. In these ways it is said that paradigms such as social computing and social networking have changed the behaviour of human beings.

In this context, knowledge discovery is the process of automatic extraction of interesting and useful knowledge from very large data, whereas knowledge utilisation consists of a range of strategies and practices to identify, create, represent, distribute and enable the adoption of novel insights and experiences for decision making. It is critical that issues regarding knowledge discovery and management are investigated. Various considerations should be carefully identified from both theoretical and practical perspectives to ensure the successful incorporation of these technologies.

This special issue aims to provide a forum for a timely, in-depth presentation of problems, current studies and solutions regarding how knowledge is discovered and managed in a socialised environment to facilitate human experience and satisfaction. Authors are encouraged to submit research papers on latest trends in technologies, techniques, methods and applications associated with social knowledge discovery and management.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Social knowledge creation, sharing and management
  • Semantic web, linked data and knowledge representation for the social web
  • Social knowledge modelling
  • Validation and verification of user-generated content
  • Temporal and spatial analysis for complex data
  • Scalability, visualisation and optimisation
  • Intelligent systems for human-centric computing
  • Adversarial blogging and counter measures
  • Link analysis and network structure discovery
  • Community detection and evolution
  • Blog search and retrieval
  • Group interaction, collaboration and recommendation
  • Knowledge discovery (collective wisdom, trend analysis, topic detection)
  • Social aspects of blogosphere
  • Human interface and interaction techniques for social media
  • Multimedia tools or applications to implement social knowledge networks
  • Pedagogical issues of social knowledge
  • Usability study of using social knowledge
  • Structure, organisation and storage issues for user-generated content
  • Context-awareness collective intelligence
  • Social technologies for personalisation
  • Concepts and case studies of knowledge discovery and utilisation
Important Dates
First submission deadline: 1 February, 2013
First notification: 1 April, 2013
Revision deadline: 10 May, 2013
Final decision and notification: 10 July, 2013

Call for papers: Knowledge Strategies in Learning Organisations

A special issue of International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital

Knowledge management and learning organisation are two powerful concepts developed in recent decades and implemented significantly in the last few years. In his seminal book, The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge (1990, p.14) underlined the fact that a learning organisation is “an organization that is continually expanding its future. For such an organization, it is not enough merely to survive.” Thus, Senge suggested the need for integrating knowledge management and learning organisation into strategic management.

The purpose of this special issue is to analyse the trend of integrating these basic concepts, and to understand the pragmatic ways of building up knowledge strategies for developing learning organisations. Knowledge increasingly becomes a strategic resource, and knowledge management a necessary dynamic capability required to achieve a competitive advantage.

You are invited to contribute to this challenging interdisciplinary domain with your research, focusing mainly on the following topics below.

 Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Knowledge dynamics in the framework of learning organisations
  • Organisational learning and learning organisations
  • Dynamic capabilities for learning organisations
  • Intergenerational learning in learning organisations
  • Universities as learning organisations
  • Knowledge strategies
  • Knowledge management systems
  • Computational intelligence
Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: 30 November, 2012
Notification of authors: 30 January, 2013
Final paper due (with any changes): 30 March, 2013

Special issue: Solid waste management (Part 5)

International Journal of Environment and Waste Management 10(2/3) 2012

Previous parts were in:
International Journal of Environment and Waste Management 7(3/4) 2011
International Journal of Environment and Waste Management 3(1/2) 2009
International Journal of Environment and Waste Management 2(6) 2008
International Journal of Environment and Waste Management 2(1/2) 2008
  • Potential utilisation of pulp and paper mill biosolids in composting and plant production: a case study at St. Marys Papers Ltd. (Canada)
  • CaO-LOI classification system for cement kiln dust
  • Impact of fly-ash-amended soil on growth and yield of crop plants
  • Pollution level detection in dump clay liners by hyperspectral imaging
  • Removal of ionic metals from wastewaters of COD determinations
  • Use of chemically treated sawdust for chromium removal from aqueous solutions: effect of process parameters
  • Solid waste management strategies and practices that work: a developing country perspective
  • Application of LCA to support solid waste management policy in Phuket
  • Impact-based cost-benefit analysis model for management of crude oil contaminated agricultural soil
  • Risk-based sequential allocation of competing sanitation infrastructure investments
  • Waste management facility expansion planning using simulation-optimisation with grey programming and penalty functions
Additional Papers
  • Remediation of heavy metals from urban waste by vermicomposting using earthworms: Eudrilus eugeniae, Eisenia fetida and Perionyx excavatus
  • Temperature-dependent polylactic acid (PLA) anaerobic biodegradability
  • Biohydrogen production by anaerobic co-digestion of press mud and domestic sewage
  • Assessment of microsilica as a value-added material for municipal solid waste clay liner system

Special issue: Efficiency and risk management of financial services

International Journal of Banking, Accounting and Finance 4(2) 2012
  • Extreme value theory performance in the event of major financial crises
  • Innovation and productivity in the financial sector
  • Banking efficiency analysis under corporate social responsibilities
  • Openness and financial development: time series evidence for Turkey

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

First issue: International Journal of Agile and Extreme Software Development

Promoting the research and practice of agile methodologies and extreme software development, International Journal of Agile and Extreme Software Development will stress practical applications and implications of agile methodologies, new openings, domains and insights.

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

Call for papers: Game Theory Applications in Inventory Research

A special issue of International Journal of Inventory Research

Game theory is an interactive decision theory concerning conflict and cooperation between two or among three or more decision makers. Since the middle of the 1980s, a great number of game models have been developed to analyse various inventory management problems.

As inventory-related topics are important in the operations management field where two- or multiple-firm competition and cooperation are usually interesting to most relevant scholars, inventory research with game theoretical analysis should still be a focus in the near future. Moreover, the interface between inventory control and other business functions such as marketing, finance, accounting and information systems is playing a significantly important role in many scholars’ research plans.

Therefore, this special issue aims to meet today’s considerable research demand for game theory applications in inventory research.

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
  • Non-cooperative game analysis in inventory management
  • Cooperative game analysis in inventory management
  • Game models with the interface between inventory control and marketing decisions on price, rebate, advertising, etc.
  • Inventory games with accounting issues (e.g. tax)
  • Interaction of inventory control with other functional areas including finance, information systems, etc.
  • Game analysis of supply chain systems with inventory-related decisions
Important Date
Submission deadline: 31 October, 2012

Special issue: Sliding mode control theory and applications

International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control 16(4) 2012
  • A new fractional interpolation-based smoothing scheme for variable structure control
  • Sliding mode-like learning control for SISO complex systems with T-S fuzzy models
  • Finite-time cooperative attitude control of multiple spacecraft using terminal sliding mode control technique
  • Neural network-based adaptive sliding mode control for uncertain non-linear MIMO systems
  • Sliding mode controllers for second order and extended Heisenberg systems
  • Fault-tolerant sliding mode control for the interferometer system under the unanticipated faults
  • GPI observer-based non-linear integral sliding mode control and synchronisation of uncertain chaotic system
  • Fuzzy sliding PDC control for some non-linear systems
  • Adaptive sliding mode control for uncertain discrete-time systems using an improved reaching law
  • Adaptive fast finite-time multiple-surface sliding control for a class of uncertain non-linear systems