Call for Papers

CfP special issue on "Security and privacy in business networking"

No longer accepting submissions

Guest Editors  

  • Sven Wohlgemuth, Sirrix AG security technologies, Germany
  • Nicolas C. Romano Jr., Oklahoma State University, USA
  • Stefan Sackmann, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  • Noboru Sonehara, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
  • A Min Tjoa, Vienna University of Technology, Austria


Security and privacy are an indispensable enabler for novel business networking applications. Examples of such systems include energy allocation coordinated by smart grids, healthcare services with electronic records, traffic management with personal sensors, RFID in retail and logistics, and integration of individuals' social network information into goods and services. Such adaptive systems are enabled by recent technological advances, such as standardization of web services, flexible business process management “in the large”, middleware for distributed computing, or smart objects with their on-demand orchestration as ICT services.

However, a number of challenges appear on the way to widely adopting such new business models based upon these technologies and realizing their sprouting options. The challenges refer particularly to the construction of secure systems, the runtime control as well as auditing for adherence with security, compliance, and privacy policies in spite of the inherent dynamic character of adaptive systems. Furthermore, such systems are "data-centric" by definition. This causes hitherto unprecedented extent of data collection and usage conflicting with security and privacy concerns of users and business partners. Hence, realizing new business models building upon dynamic business networks demand sound methods and scalable tools for tackling these security and privacy challenges.


This special issue calls for original papers on methodologies, technologies, case-studies and best practices addressing problems of security and privacy in on-demand, inter-organizational orchestrated ICT systems for business networks. The special issue very much welcomes contributions from academia, industry and business practice on the following non-exhaustive list of topics:

  • Best Practices, Methodologies, Cost/Benefit Assessments
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Business Continuity Plan and Business Continuity Management
  • Control Mechanisms and Technologies
  • Critical Information Infrastructure Protection
  • Dependability and Security
  • Distributed Policy Management
  • Economics of Control
  • Inter-organizational Risk Assessment and Management
  • Resilience in Business Networking
  • Business Process Management in the Large
  • Security Certification and Auditing
  • Privacy-aware Business Intelligence

Electronic Markets is a methodologically pluralistic journal. Quantitative and qualitative research methods are both welcome, as long as the studies are methodologically sound. Conceptual and theory-development papers, empirical hypothesis testing, and case-based studies are all welcome. All papers will be peer reviewed and should conform to Electronic Markets publication standards.


Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation. A submission must be in English and should consist of approximately 5,000 - at least 3,500 and at most of 6,000 - words. The template is available at Opens internal link in current windowAuthors » Submission. Articles must be submitted via the electronic submission system at
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the special theme, please contact the guest editors for the special issue.

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Important deadline

  • Submission Deadline: September 10, 2012