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Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Applied Nonlinear Science: Dynamic Models and Optimal Control in Biomathematics
12/31/2014
International Journal of Applied Nonlinear Science

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Applied Nonlinear Science: Dynamic Models and Optimal Control in Biomathematics

Guest Editor:

Tufail Malik, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, UAE

This special issue aims to solicit research papers that address recent advances and current challenges in mathematical modelling and analysis of dynamical systems (whether deterministic or stochastic) associated with various biological systems (population dynamics, epidemiology, oncology, medicine) and their significance in decision making, through incorporating optimal control theory.

Optimal control theory has developed into a valuable tool that helps policy makers to concoct harvesting, hunting/fishing and culling or re-introduction schemes in populations, and to devise treatment, prophylaxis, vaccination, screening and quarantine strategies in order to reduce or eliminate a disease from a community.

Subject Coverage

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

Optimal control in biological systems

Optimal control theory in ecology

Optimal control of transmission and spread of diseases

Optimal control in medicine

Optimal control theory in oncology

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online.

Enquiries can be emailed to Dr. Tufail Malik: tufail.malik@kustar.ac.ae

Important Dates

Submission deadline: 31 December, 2014

Notification of acceptance: 31 May, 2015

Biologist, Biostatistician, Epidemiologist, Oncologist, Physician Researcher, Public Health Expert, Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of IEEE Systems Journal: Communications Technologies and Infrastructures for Smart eHealth Systems
01/15/2015
IEEE Systems Journal

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of IEEE Systems Journal: Communications Technologies and Infrastructures for Smart eHealth Systems

Paper submission deadline: Jan. 15, 2015

Guest Editors

Sana Ullah, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Porto, Portugal
Witold Pedrycz, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
George K. Karagiannidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Han-Chieh Chao, National Ilan University, Taiwan
Adam Gacek, Institute of Medical Technology and Equipment, Zabrze, Poland
Christos Verikoukis, Telecom. Technological Centre of Catalonia, Spain

Research advances in healthcare domain have facilitated the integration of different technologies for smart, cost-effective, reliable, and pervasive health monitoring of chronic diseases – which have affected around one billion people worldwide. Current research efforts focus on developing real-time communication methods, mostly for Body Area Networks (BANs) that are used to deliver patients´ information effectively. These efforts are limited to communication within a BAN, however less attention has been given to connect multiple BANs to remote servers in real-time. In addition, there is a limited study on the integration of BANs with different technologies including mobile cloud computing – a technology that may assist in storing and processing the huge amount of BAN data at competitive costs. Machine to Machine (M2M) is also considered to be a valuable tool in delivering BAN data to a remote server/cloud for further analysis. This may assist in reducing risks and cost of remote health monitoring. Unlike conventional research in BANs where researchers focused on individual networks, there is a need to develop innovative communication methods with a focus on complete and smart eHealth systems. This smart eHealth system must integrate the aforementioned technologies with multiple BANs, and provide rich healthcare services to end users. It calls for research on versatile topics ranging from Physical (PHY) and Medium Access Control (MAC) protocols to BANs coexistence, traffic characterization, cloud resource allocation, and cloud monitoring and maintenance.

This special issue will focus on novel communication methods for smart eHealth systems, by identifying new perspectives and highlight potential research issues and challenges. Specifically, this special issue will demonstrate how the emerging technologies including cloud computing and/or M2M could be used in future healthcare systems. Original review and survey articles will be considered as well. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

M2M communication methods

Energy-efficient PHY/MAC and networking protocols

BANs and mobile cloud computing

Cloud resource allocation and monitoring

Wearable and implantable computing

IoT for smart eHealth systems

Fault tolerance, reliability and scalability

Traffic characterization

Coexistence issues of multiple BANs

Security and privacy

QoS issues in BANs/cloud computing

Experimental and simulation-based methods

Case studies of smart eHealth architectures

Computer Scientist, Informatician, Information Scientist, Technologist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience: Commemorating the 1st International Conference of Human Brain Development
01/01/2015
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience: Commemorating the 1st International Conference of Human Brain Development

The 1st International Conference on Human Brain Development (ICHBD) will be held August 11-13th in Beijing, China. This conference will bring together researchers and students from various fields of computational methodology, developmental psychology, normal human brain development and developmental disorders of human brain function.

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience will be hosting a special issue to commemorate the themes emphasized in ICHBD. The Organizing Committee is inviting researchers worldwide to submit papers reporting novel findings relevant to ICHBD topic matter for inclusion in the special issue. Of note, we are interested in papers - regardless of whether or not the authors are direct participants in the conference.

Submitted papers should focus on the themes highlighted at the ICHBD.

The aim of the conference is:

To facilitate communication and exchange of recent research ideas and findings in pediatric imaging, with a particular focus on the connectome.

To identify strategic goals and priority topics for future study in the field of developmental connectomics

To discuss methodologies and analytic frameworks that are promising to accelerate the pace of progress in efforts to map the developing connectome in both typically developing and clinical populations.

Topics of Interest

Characterization of developmental changes and trajectories for brain functional and/or structural connectivity

Identification of neural differences associated with the neurodevelopmental disorders

Development of novel imaging modalities and/or analytic techniques for characterizing developmental phenomena

Experimental designs and studies promising to accelerate the identification of markers of risk

Paper Submission Procedure

Authors should submit a full paper, including figures, tables and references before March 1, 2015. The full paper shall be submitted in accordance with the guidelines of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

The full paper will be peer-reviewed to ensure quality, rigor, and relevance. Authors of accepted papers will have time to submit their final version until September 1, 2015.

Conference Webpage: http://ichbd2014.csp.escience.cn/dct/page/1

Scope of the special issue:

The special issue will include a range of articles submitted by authors of papers that commemorate themes from the 1st International Conference on Human Brain Development (ICHBD) - a conference focusing on the application of advanced neuroimaging technologies to understand human brain development. The explicit goal of the ICHBD is to facilitate communication and exchange of research ideas and findings by researchers and students from various fields of computational methodology, developmental psychology, normal human brain development and developmental disorders of human brain function. Submissions are expected to have a particular focus on the development of the human connectome, and disturbances in its development related to neuropsychiatric illness. We anticipate a range of neuroscientific and methodological contributions.

Publication Schedule

First submission date (in EES): January 1st, 2015

Final submission deadline: March 1st, 2015

Final acceptance deadline: September 1st, 2015

Expected publication: Early 2016

Please select "SI: Imaging Developing Brain" as the article type during EES submission process to ensure that your manuscript is considered for this Special issue.

Guest Editors

Xi-Nian Zuo, PhD
Distinguished Research Professor, Institute of Psychology
Deputy Director, MRI Research Center, Institute of Psychology
Chinese Academy of Sciences
No. 16 Lincui Road, Chaoyang Dist., Beijing, 100101, China
Email: zuoxn@psych.ac.cn
Website: http://lfcd.psych.ac.cn

Michael Peter Milham, MD, PhD
Phyllis Green and Randolph Cowen Scholar
Director, Center for the Developing Brain
Child Mind Institute
445 Park Ave, NY, NY 10019
Deputy Director of Human Imaging, Center for Advanced Brain Imaging
Research Psychiatrist
Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
140 Old Orangeburg Road
Orangeburg, NY 10962
Email: michael.milham@childmind.org

Daniel Pine, MD
Chief, Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH),
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A
Email: pined@mail.nih.gov

Neuroscientist
Call for Papers: Special Issue of Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health: Strengthening of Regulatory Systems for Medicines and Other Technologies in the Region of the Americas
01/30/2015
Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health: Strengthening of Regulatory Systems for Medicines and Other Technologies in the Region of the Americas

Deadline: 30 January 2015.

The Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health, published by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), is accepting submissions for a special issue to be published by the end of 2015 with the support of the US Food and Drug Administration.

Health regulation is regarded as one of public health’s basic functions. Effective regulation of medicines promotes and protects the public’s health by guaranteeing medicines quality, safety, and efficacy; promoting the adequate manufacture, storage, and distribution of medicines;facilitating the fight against substandard, spurious, falsely-labeled,  falsified, or counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products; providing the necessary information to health professionals and patients so they can use medicines rationally; and ensuring that access to medicines is not hindered by inefficient regulatory frameworks. Developing a national regulatory system is, hence, a critical component of a national health system. PAHO/WHO Member States have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening regional regulatory capacities for health technologies at PAHO’s 50th Directing Council in 2010 when they endorsed the Resolution CD50.R9 “Strengthening National Regulatory Authorities for Medicines and Biologicals”.

This issue of the Journal aims at highlighting the progress and remaining challenges that the Region faces in ensuring access to safe, efficacious and quality-assured medical products. Key topics include Core Regulatory Functions and Innovative Operating Models; Competencies in Good Regulatory Practices and Regulatory Sciences; Harmonization, Convergence, Cooperation and Exchange of Experiences, and Reliance; and Investment Case for Regulatory Systems Strengthening.

Contributions include original research papers, systematic reviews, opinion and analysis, special reports, or brief communications. Articles may be submitted in Spanish, English, or Portuguese. Authors should follow the instructions for authors; the cover letter must indicate that the paper is being submitted for the special issue on Strenghtening of Regulatory Systems for Medicines and other Technologies in the Region of the Americas”.

Lawyer, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Technology and Innovation: Water
11/03/2014
Technology and Innovation

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Technology and Innovation: Water

Guest Editors:

Vimal Chaitanya, New Mexico State University

Frederic Zenhausern, University of Arizona

Leonard Polizzotto, Draper Laboratory

Technology and Innovation is currently soliciting manuscripts for a special issue on Water.

For this special issue, we are interested in articles and reviews addressing advancements and improvements of various technologies associated with water and/or water management. Relevant topics include technology and innovation in (but are not limited to):

• Water Industry

• Water Access and Scarcity

• Water Quality

• Water Supply Networks

• Water Resource Management

• Water Conservation

• Use of unique landscapes and/or resources

• Hydro-power and/or Hydroelectricity

• Chemistry and/or Medicine related to water

• Other pertinent topics

Initial manuscripts should be submitted by November 3, 2014. The manuscript submission should include: title, author affiliation, abstract of no more than 250 words, key words, and corresponding author’s contact information.

Articles for Technology and Innovation are generally written for a multidisciplinary audience. All submissions should meet T&I author guidelines and can be submitted through our website at www.TechnologyandInnovation.org.

All submitted articles will be peer reviewed. Graduate students are welcome to submit articles for consideration. If you have questions or would like to submit a manuscript please contact the editorial staff (813) 974-1347 or TIJournal@research.usf.edu.

Technology and Innovation publishes critical and historical reviews, original articles in basic and applied research, surveys, opinions, commentaries, essays, and patent reviews of interest to our readers. We present information encompassing the entire field of applied sciences with a focus on transformative technology and academic innovation, and welcome manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence.

Technology and Innovation is published by Cognizant Communication Corporation.

Chemist, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special issue of Pediatric Exercise Science: Childhood Obesity, Exercise and Physical Activity
01/09/2015
Pediatric Exercise Science

Call for Papers for a Special issue of Pediatric Exercise Science: Childhood Obesity, Exercise and Physical Activity

The editors of Pediatric Exercise Science are pleased to announce a special thematic issue dedicated to the topic of Childhood Obesity, Exercise and Physical Activity to be published in November 2015. They invite you to submit original research communications, commentaries, or letters-to-the editor on the topics listed below:

• Efficacy of exercise and physical activity for weight loss in children

• Mechanisms linking exercise, physical activity and obesity in children

• Genetics of exercise, physical activity and obesity in children

• Gene-by-physical activity interactions and obesity in children

• Role of maturation in explaining variation in physical activity and adiposity in children

• Correlates and determinants of exercise, physical activity and obesity in children

• Effectiveness of real-world physical activity interventions for weight loss and weight gain prevention in children

• Technology-mediated physical activity interventions for weight loss in obese children (e.g. mHealth, eHealth, exergaming)

• Efficacy and effectiveness of exercise and physical activity in the management of risk factors in the obese child

• Cardiometabolic responses to exercise in children with obesity

• Inflammatory response to exercise in children with obesity

• Optimal exercise regimens and physical activity modalities in children with obesity

The deadline for submissions to this special issue is January 9, 2015. Authors will be notified of acceptance by August 1, 2015, and the special issue will be published in November of 2015.

Please submit your research contribution to PES via ScholarOne Manuscripts. The Submission Guidelines for PES are available at journals.humankinetics.com/submission-guidelines-for-pes. Please clearly indicate in your cover letter that you would like your article considered for this special issue at the time of submission.

The guest editor for this special thematic issue is Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD. Please contact the guest editor if you have any questions about the suitability of potential manuscripts for this special issue

Nurse Researcher, Pediatrician, Physician Researcher, Public Health Expert
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Vascular Nursing: Venous Disease and Vascular Nursing
12/15/2014
Journal of Vascular Nursing

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Vascular Nursing: Venous Disease and Vascular Nursing

Submission deadline date: December 15, 2014

Issue planned for release early summer 2015

The Journal of Vascular Nursing provides nurses and other health care professionals with information to foster expert clinical practice in vascular nursing.

This special issue on Venous Disease and Vascular Nursing will focus on common vascular disorders, new evidence-based guidelines and will include articles on the following:

• DVT and VTE

• Post thrombotic Syndromes

• Compression Syndromes

• Congenital Vascular Disorders

• Pharmacologic agents and treatment options

• Surgical and Non-surgical treatment options

• Varicose Vein treatments

• New Wound Care treatments

Contact:

Editor:

Cynthia Lewis MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
welcomes any topic queries and can be
reached at
Cynthia.lewis@aurora.org

Nurse, Nurse Researcher
Call for Papers for a Feature Issue of Optometry and Vision Science: Dry Eye Disease
02/01/2015
Optometry and Vision Science

Call for Papers for a Feature Issue of Optometry and Vision Science: Dry Eye Disease

Submission window: August 1, 2014, to February 1, 2015 for Publication in July/August 2015.

Dry eye is one of the most frequently encountered ocular disorders that affects millions of people worldwide, and dry-eye symptoms are among the most common reasons for patients to visit eye-care professionals. In the past decade, there has been a noticeable increase in interest and attempts to elucidate underlying mechanisms of dry eye. Perhaps the most publicized efforts have come from two reports: International Dry Eye Workshop (2007) and International Workshop on Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (2011).1,2 The field has attracted considerable research interest since these landmark reports, and there have been changes and advances in our understanding of this enigmatic ocular condition in the past 5 years.

Optometry and Vision Science (OVS) intends to bring recent study results and clinical perspectives together in a single publication in 2015, with an esteemed team of Guest Editors (Penny A. Asbell, Todd P. Margolis, Nancy A. McNamara, Jason J. Nichols, Kelly K. Nichols, and Kenneth A. Polse, with Meng C. Lin as the lead Guest Editor). We anticipate that there will be great interest in this publication among clinicians and both basic and clinical scientists. The following are among the topics of interest:

Definitions of dry eye and changes in recent years

Natural history of dry eye

Mechanisms of tear-film stability and dry eye

Effects of contact lenses on ocular surface integrity and dry eye

Genetic and environmental factors in dry eye

Dysfunctional corneal pain system and dry eye

Sjögren syndrome: dry eye and beyond

Aqueous deficiency and evaporation, and meibomian gland dysfunction as mechanisms in dry eye

Recent breakthroughs in dry-eye diagnosis, management, and treatment

Post DEWS (2007)1 and Meibomian Gland Workshop (2011)2 advances in understanding dry eye

Systemic and ocular drug impacts with the ocular surface that produce dry eyes

The window of opportunity for manuscript submission is August 1, 2014, through February 1, 2015. Early submissions are encouraged; they have priority dates for E-publication (soon after the authors correct the first proofs; the OVS Web site is http://journals.lww.com/optvissci/). All papers accepted in the peer review process will be published in OVS in a timely fashion, but the actual selection of those for the Feature Issue will be a separate decision by the Guest Editor team and the Editor in Chief.

Anticipated publication date for the Feature Issue is August 2015.

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed and must be submitted online at http://ovs.edmgr.com.

Submissions must be prepared according to the Instructions for Authors available at http://edmgr.ovid.com/ovs/accounts/ifauth_online.pdf. During submission, in the “Author’s Comments” box, note that your paper is being submitted for consideration of this Feature Issue.

Meng C. Lin, the lead Guest Editor, will coordinate manuscripts with the Editor in Chief and Managing Editor.

Contact the Editorial Office ( ovs@osu.edu) for any questions.

REFERENCES

1. International Dry Eye WorkShop. Report of the International Dry Eye WorkShop (2007). Ocul Surf. 2007; 5: 65–204.

2. International Workshop on Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Special Issue. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2011; 52: 1917–2085.

Allied Health Professional, Geneticist , Opthamologist, Optometrist, Physician Researcher
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology: Psychosis, First Episode Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Children and Adolescents
11/01/2014
Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology: Psychosis, First Episode Psychosis and Schizophrenia in Children and Adolescents

The recently established online open access journal Scandinavian Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology (www.sjcapp.org) now calls for papers for a special issue devoted to all aspects of research into psychosis, first episode psychosis and schizophrenia in children and adolescents.

The editors of SJCAPP would greatly appreciate to receive a short proposal for original empirical articles, brief reports, meta-analysis, cases, and other formats. Among the themes to be includes are the following:

How to understand psychotic symptoms in children and adolescents

The importance of early psychotic-like symptoms for evolving psychotic diseases later in life

The implications for the prognosis of these diseases

The relations between early trauma and psychotic symptoms

The relations between substance abuse and psychotic symptoms

Differentiating between dissociation and psychotic symptoms

When will early detection and intervention be indicated?

Which interventions are indicated? Psychotherapy, stress management, psychoeducation, family interventions, omega-3 fatty acids

Comorbidity issues such as:

The differentiation and relation between autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia spectrum disorders

The differentiation and relation between ADHD spectrum disorders and schizophrenia spectrum disorders

The differentiation and relation between OCD spectrum disorders and schizophrenia spectrum disorders

Comorbid personality disorders in youth

The relation between personality traits and psychotic disorders in youth

Cognition and metacognition in early psychosis

Neuroscience and genetics

The SJCAPP guarantees among other things fast peer-review processing (max 4 weeks) of your manuscript. SJCAPP seeks listing in PubMed, Scopus, and Thomson Reuters and impact factor within a few years.

This special issue will be edited by guest-editor Ulrik Helt Haahr and associate editor Sune Bo. You will need to work closely with these editors as you prepare your manuscript. If you wish to submit a manuscript for this special issue, the following will apply:

Submit a brief description of the paper topic to the guest editors via email by November 1, 2014, along with suggestions for appropriate reviewers (emails: uhh@regionsjaelland.dk; subh@regionsjaelland.dk). After this, we will let you know whether the topic is approved (publication is not guaranteed at this stage, as the complete article will need to go through the usual peer review process)

If your topic is approved, submit the full manuscript to SJCAPP (www.sjcapp.org) by January 1, 2015

Authors will be notified regarding results of initial review by the end of January 2015

Final, revised manuscripts should be submitted by March 1, 2015 for inclusion in the special issue to be published late spring 2015

Behavioral Scientist, Child Psychiatrist, Child Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Physician Researcher, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the British Journal of Occupational Therapy: Dimensions of Dementia--the Unique Contributions of Occupational Therapy
11/24/2014
British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the British Journal of Occupational Therapy: Dimensions of Dementia--the Unique Contributions of Occupational Therapy

Deadline for submissions: November 24, 2014

If you have any queries, please contact Dr Katharine Norman, Editor, email: katharine.noman@cot.co.uk

Allied Health Professional, Occupational Therapist

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