Aims and scope

The International Journal of Networked and Distributed Computing publishes original articles on both theory and practice which address foundations, crucial challenges, state-of-the-art solutions and implications on all aspects of networked and distributed computing. As a driving force behind the ongoing technological revolution, networked and distributed computing has been transforming just about every part of the world we live in: the way we coordinate and communicate, the way we identify problems and solve them, the way we entertain and enjoy our lives and the way we perceive our future. Networked and distributed computing has touched on a wide range of issues with significant implications, from communication protocols, to the Internet, smartphones, pervasive and ubiquitous cities, etc.

Like there are numerous benefits of networked and distributed computing, there are also crucial challenges associated with it. Networked and distributed computing should be more broadly applied to a variety of areas, such as robots, nano-technology, space/sea exploration, (green) energy management, etc. Ultimately, networked and distributed computing should lead to a better future, where distributed systems should help people to achieve their goals in an interoperable, secure, fast, usable and useful manner. Networked and distributed computing should answer what it is that we need, why we need it and how we can achieve it.

This journal publishes original research articles, surveys and reports of practical experience. Occasionally, special issues will be published on topics of particular interest and proposals for such issues will be invited accordingly. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, communication protocols (wired or wireless), collaborative computing, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, Internet computing, smartphone computing and applications of networked and distributed computing to healthcare, education, nano-technology, space/sea exploration, energy management, entertainment, etc. Topics covered in the journal also include techniques and methodologies for modelling, developing, validating, maintaining and re-engineering networked and distributed computing software systems and their environments.

Methodologies of interest to the journal:
  • Object-oriented methodologies
  • Goal-oriented methodologies
  • Agent-oriented methodologies
  • Ontology-driven methodologies
  • Qualitative reasoning
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Evidential, probabilistic and hybrid reasoning
  • Chaos theory
Domains of application covered in the journal:
  • Control systems
  • Consumer electronics
  • Cyber-physical systems
  • Decision-support systems
  • E-science and technology
  • Expert systems
  • Human-machine interface
  • Information systems
  • Intelligent knowledge retrieval
  • Knowledge visualization
  • Multimedia
  • Operating systems
  • Signal and image processing
  • Pattern recognition
  • Real-time embedded systems
  • Robotics
  • Virtual reality
  • Nano-technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Grid computing
  • Cloud computing
  • Pervasive and ubiquitous systems
  • Web-based systems
  • Internet
  • Smartphones
  • Healthcare
  • Energy management