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Call for Papers

Special Issue on Web Services-Based E-Business Systems

International Journal of E-Business Research (IJEBR)
January 2006

Web services  software components and applications that use standard
Internet technologies and are accessed through the Internet and intranet -
, are now gaining foothold as a key integration technology and as an
approach to development and deployment of e-business systems and
applications. Vendors and standardization bodies are making significant
progress toward providing interoperable infrastructures that are essential
for building bridges between these systems and enabling closer
collaboration and interaction among businesses. Now, Web services seem to
be ready for induction into the mainstream.  We are moving towards
application and service integration, rather than dedicated system
development that require extensive deployment and integration efforts. The
next generation of Internet- and Intranet-based e-business systems are
more likely to be based on Web services.

The new-generation e-business systems would compose services dynamically,
as needed, by binding several lower-level services, thus overcoming major
limitations of traditional Web/software development and evolution.  Web
services also have the potential for transforming how businesses and
enterprises interact within themselves and with other enterprises. Besides
being a catalyst for transformation, Web services offer businesses the
agility to buy and implement e-business and information systems in pace
with their growth and market trends. The potential savings to be made,
combined with increased flexibility and growth potential, makes Web
services very attractive for a range of enterprise/e-business applications.

This special issue aims to focus on this emerging new paradigm in e-
business application development and deployment. In spite of significant
potential benefits, only a few large enterprises have put into practice
Web services-based e-business applications so far, while Web services seem
to be potentially more attractive even for small and medium enterprises.
This low adoption is partly due to problems and challenges in developing
and deploying real-life applications based on Web services. This is an
area in need of further investigation and study, and this special issue
focuses on these efforts.

We seek quality papers which identify and address relevant issues,
recommend success factors, outline experiences and lessons learned, and
present case studies and empirical analyses. Topics of interest include,
but are not limited to:
-Issues and considerations in deploying Web services in e-business
-System development methodologies
-Composition of e-Business systems/applications using Web services
-Web services and interorganizational workflows
-New interaction and coordination models
-Management and monitoring of Web services-based e-business systems
-Business models for Web services
-Dependability (availability, reliability and security) of systems based
on Web services
-Performance and scalability
-Testing and evaluation
-Quality of Services (QoS) of Web Services, Quality assurance
-Innovative e-business applications supported by Web services
-Case studies
-Success factors and barriers to adoption
-Pros and cons of Web services in the context of e-business
-Impact of Web services on enterprises
-Legal obligations and requirements

Submission
Authors intending to submit papers for the special issue are advised to
submit a 100-150 word abstract of their paper highlighting the objectives
and coverage of the paper, including title, authors name and address and 5
keywords, by 10 January 2005, and full paper by 31 January 2005.

Guidelines on preparation of manuscript are available at:
http://www.idea-group.com/ijebr

Guest Editors

San Murugesan
School of Multimedia and Information Technology
Southern Cross University
Coffs Harbour NSW 2457, Australia
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Schahram Dustdar
Vienna University of Technology
Argentinierstr. 8 /184-1
A-1040 Vienna, Austria
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Timeline
Submission of Abstract/Expression of Interest  10 Jan 2005
Submission of full paper                       31 Jan 2005
Notification of decision on submission         25 April 2005
Publication                                    January 2006

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Publisher: IJEBR will be published by Idea Group Inc, publisher of "Idea
Group Publishing", "Information Science Publishing", "IRM Press", "Idea
Group Reference" and "CyberTech" imprints, www.idea-group.com.

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