Calls for papers


International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems
International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems


Special Issue on: "Advances in Mobile Cloud Computing and Social Networking"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Amit Agarwal, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India
Dr. Ramin Yahyapour, University Göttingen, Germany
Prof. Ezendu Ariwa, University of Bedfordshire, UK
Dr. Ashraf Darwish, Helwan University, Egypt

Mobile cloud computing and social networking have gained more and more attention in recent years. This special issue will focus on state-of-the-art research paradigms in social networking and cloud computing, particularly on advances in mobile computing technologies and related areas.

Cloud computing is a rapidly developing paradigm in the area of computing. There has been a phenomenal burst of activity in mobile cloud computing, which extends cloud computing functions, services and results to the world of next-generation mobile communication applications, and to the paradigm of cloud computing and virtualisation to mobile networks.

Social networks contribute a significant fraction of internet traffic, and increasingly this traffic is from mobile social networking. This situation has spurred considerable recent research interest in mobile social networks. Social networks have been studied for decades, although most of the earlier work in this area addressed issues lying outside the scope of technological networks. There exist several challenges and design issues that need to be overcome and integrated with different kinds of social network technologies. More recently, social network models that treat relationships as connections to form networks or graphs have emerged in mobile internet and mobile computing/communications as the foundations of cloud-based applications and services.

However, there are still significant technological challenges in the development of cloud infrastructure and mobile terminal devices, and the purpose of this special issue is to highlight recent advances in this field.

This issue will focus on the research challenges and issues in the mobile cloud computing paradigm. It aims to provide a platform for researchers from both academia and industry to present their latest state-of-art research results and methodologies addressing top concerns in mobile cloud computing and mobile social networking to other researchers as well as practitioners and policymakers.

The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 1st International Conference on Next Generation Computing Technologies (NGCT 2015), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.

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

  • 3G/4G systems, Wi-MAX, WLAN, WPAN, MANets, Petrinets
  • Cloud performance and tuning
  • Cloud storage, data and analytics
  • Cross-layer design and optimisation for mobile cloud computing
  • Cryptography, security and privacy of mobile networks
  • Data centres and virtualisations
  • Distributed algorithms of mobile computing
  • Evolution of social media and information ecosystems
  • Experimental test-beds and prototype designs and implementations
  • Green mobile cloud
  • Green wireless network architectures and communication protocols
  • Identity and simulation of social networks
  • Intelligent multimedia computing in clouds
  • M2M communication
  • Mobile cloud computing architecture, design and evaluation
  • Mobile IP networks
  • Mobile social networks
  • Mobile, peer-to-peer and pervasive services in clouds
  • Mobile commerce and mobile internet of things
  • Modelling, performance evaluation, QoS provisioning and resource management in mobile cloud computing
  • Near field communication services
  • Network virtualisation and cloud-based radio access networks
  • Operating system and middleware support for mobile computing
  • Pricing and billing for mobile cloud computing services
  • Privacy and security in mobile social networks
  • Scalability of social networks
  • Security and privacy of mobile cloud computing
  • Service-oriented architectures, service portability, P2P
  • Smart cities, smart environments and smart grid
  • Smart transportation
  • Smart vehicular networks
  • Social networking applications and services
  • Synchronisation and scheduling issues in mobile and ad hoc networks
  • System architecture, protocols, middleware, deployment and operations and standards for cloud-based mobile social networks
  • Terminal device technology to enable mobile social networks

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. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Manuscript submission due: 25 December, 2015