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Cutter Business Technology Journal — Calls for Papers

For nearly 30 years, the monthly Cutter Business Technology Journal has served as a forum for thought leaders in academia and industry to present innovative ideas and solutions to the critical issues facing business-technology professionals. Please consider sharing your insight with us for the following topics. For questions or to send article ideas, please contact Christine Generali at cgenerali[at]cutter[dot]com.

Call for Papers: FINTECH: Emerging Trends, Future Directions

An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal with Guest Editor Steve Andriole invites insight from thought leaders, business practitioners and academics on the impact Fintech will have across the entire financial supply chain industry over the next five years. What emerging and future technologies/trends will enable new financial services? What will the regulatory climate look like? How will incumbents compete? What new market opportunities will arise?

Article ideas may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • What emerging and future technologies will disrupt the financial services industry over the next five years? How will they enable new financial services and new markets?
  • What new business models are on the horizon?
  • What will the next generation of consumer banking look like?
  • What are the risk management challenges facing the industry?
  • What new advances in technologies such as blockchain, robo advisors, smart contracts, AI, ML, AR, 5G, big data, etc. will improve the delivery of financial services?
  • What is the future for cryptocurrencies? New market opportunities, consumer applications, etc.?
  • What is the future of crowdfunding and ICOs? Will they continue to grow or decline?
  • How will financial services incumbents stay competitive? How will they engage digital natives?
  • What new Fintech partnerships can we expect to see? What competitive advantage will they gain from these new partnerships?
  • How will the investment banking industry leverage Fintech?
  • How are different global and national institutions approaching regulation? How will new regulations impact the future of Fintech and innovation? What new challenges will they present?
  • What/how will new technologies allow for financial inclusion?
  • What types of financial services/opportunities will be offered to the unbanked or under-banked markets?
  • What can be done to reach underserved groups and geographical areas?
  • What new opportunities will open banking offer and how will it affect the traditional banking industry?
  • What is the future for Insurtech and Regtech?

Please send article ideas to Christine Generali and Steve Andriole including an abstract and short article outline showing major discussion points. Accepted articles are due December 15, 2018. Final article length is typically 2,500-3,500 words plus graphics. More editorial guidelines.

Call for Papers: AUTOMATION: The Next Frontier

A new wave of smart automation and autonomous systems that can make and execute decisions with little human intervention has begun to emerge. It’s primarily driven by advances in areas such as AI/machine learning, robotics, drones, blockchain, 3D printing and wearables. It’s also propelled by the desire by business and industry to better exploit the full potential of these technologies for improving decision-making, productivity, reliability, customer service and user interaction, and for reducing cost and errors. It extends beyond an enterprise to its suppliers, customers, and others in its supply chain enriching their integration and collaboration. It is also driven by desire to deploy new novel applications. While the ongoing smart automation efforts are both promising and encouraging, it also raises a few technical, social and ethical issues and challenges which need to be satisfactorily addressed.

An upcoming issue of Cutter Business Technology Journal, Guest Edited by San Murugesan, will examine the next frontier in automation in several sectors and the challenges they present. It’ll also examine the disruptions it might cause and their impact on businesses, the job landscape, and society. Furthermore, it’ll also discuss how the IT industry and IT professionals can get ready to embrace the new frontiers in automation.

For this issue, we’re seeking insights and perspectives from practitioners, academics, consultants, visionaries and industry experts that address one or more of the following questions:

  • What are the promise and potential of the next frontiers in automation?
  • How are smart automation, autonomous systems and robo advisors being used in domains such as business, finance, industry, smart factory, healthcare, education, etc.? How will automation shape these domains in the future? What new applications and innovations might emerge?
  • How will automation embrace AI, ML, IoT, and cloud and be innovatively employed in smart city applications, robotics, home appliances, and personal gadgets?
  • How might smart automation improve cybersecurity and effectively manage cyber threats, including obscure, new and unknown (future) threats?
  • What should encompass an enterprise automation strategy, and how should it be implemented? What are some examples?
  • What are the limitations and challenges posed by autonomous systems and how may they be addressed?
  • What are the major concerns, fears and threats of emerging higher levels of automation with no or minimal human intervention? Are they overhyped or real?
  • How might the new levels of automation impact the jobs landscape, IT and otherwise?
  • What new opportunities will arise now, and in the near future, for the IT industry and technology professionals?
  • Who are the major players in the automation and autonomous system landscape (technology, applications, services and tools), and what are their offerings?
  • How can these systems and humans work together collaboratively?
  • What are moral and ethical obligations and responsibilities of application developers and those who embrace them?
  • How can we test and evaluate these systems and establish their trust-worthiness?
  • Do automation technologies and applications need be regulated, and if so by whom?

Please send your article ideas to San Murugesan and Christine Generali and include an extended abstract and a short article outline showing major discussion points. In your proposal, highlight key contributions of the article that are of value to the readers and include a brief biography of each author.  Accepted articles will be due January 21, 2019.

Editorial Calendar

Month Topic Guest Editor
February 2019 Automation: The Next Frontier San Murugesan
January 2019 Business Technology Trends & Predictions 2019 Cutter Consortium
December 2018 Fintech: Emerging Trends, Future Directions II Steve Andriole
November 2018 Fintech: Emerging Trends, Future Directions I Steve Andriole
October 2018 Riding the Next Wave of Cloud Computing Frank Khan Sullivan
September 2018 Building a Digital Business Starts with Data Barry Devlin
August 2018 The Critical Need for Governance Claude Baudoin
July 2018 Architecture + Agile: The Yin & Yang of Organizational Agility Whynde Kuehn
June 2018 Fog/Edge Computing: Opportunities, Case Studies, Challenges  Cutter Consortium
May 2018 Transforming the Customer Experience Jeanne Bliss
April 2018 Blockchain: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Headed? Phil O'Reilly
March 2018 A Disciplined Agile Approach to Business Agility Scott Ambler and Mark Lines
February 2018 AI: Fear It, Face It, or Embrace It San Murugesan
January 2018 Business Technology Trends and Predictions 2018 Cutter Consortium
December 2017 Change Leadership in a Digital Era Sheila Cox
October/November 2017 Trends in Big Data Technologies and Analytics Bhuvan Unhelkar
September 2017 Insurtech: Reinventing the Insurance Industry Steve Andriole
August 2017 Agile Leadership: Foundation for Organizational Agility Don McIntyre
July 2017 The Industrial Internet: Driving Digital Transformation C. Patrikakis
June 2017 Leveraging Enterprise Architecture for Digital Disruption Roger Evernden
May 2017 Beyond Fintech: New Frontiers Phil O'Reilly
April 2017 The Frontier of Fintech Innovation Phil O'Reilly
March 2017 Business Opportunities in the New Digital Age San Murugesan
February 2017 Information Superiority and Digital Capital Borys Stokalski and Bogumil Kaminski
January 2017 The 21st Century Technology Leader Paul Clermont
December 2016 Technology Trends, Predictions, and Reflections 2017 Cutter Consortium
November 2016 FinTech and the Digitization of Financial Services Philip O'Reilly
October 2016 Cognitive Computing: Applications, Trends, and Implications Paul Harmon
August/September 2016 Business-Driven Digital Transformation Whynde Kuehn
July 2016 Security in the Internet of Everything Era Patrikakis Charlalampos and George Loukas
June 2016 Cultivating Success in Big Data Analytics Barry Devlin
May 2016 The Role of Ethics in Algorithm Design Robert Charette
April 2016 IoT Data Management and Analytics Bhuvan Unhelkar and San Murugesan
March 2016 Technical Debt: The Continued Burden On Software Innovation Tom Grant
February 2016 Disruption and Emergence: What do they mean for Enterprise Architecture? Roger Evernden
January 2016 Technology Trends and Predictions: 2016 Cutter Consortium


Editorial Guidelines

These notes are intended to give authors some guidance and direction for articles submitted to Cutter Business Technology Journal (CBTJ) for publication.

Length: The average article in CBTJ is 2,000-3,500 words, unless otherwise specified by the Group Publisher.

Article Format: Please send your article in word document format for editing purposes. Please do not send it as a PDF.

Editorial: Cutter Business Technology Journal is professionally edited by our team who evaluates articles for content, substance, grammar, and style and provides valuable feedback so that authors can revise and improve their papers before publication. Publishing turnaround times are short.

Audience: Publishing with Cutter affords the opportunity to present your insights and research to a corporate audience that is highly interested in emerging developments. Typical readers of CBTJ range from CIOs, CTOs, business executives and vice presidents to directors, technology managers, project leaders, and very senior technical staff. Most work in fairly large organizations: Fortune 500 organizations, universities, large computer vendors, NGOs/IGOs, and government agencies. 48% of our readership is outside of the US (15% from Canada, 14% Europe, 5% Australia/NZ, 14% elsewhere).

Editorial advice: Introductory-level, tutorial coverage of a topic is not very popular with our readership because they're fairly senior people. Delete the introductory "fluff" and get to the meat of the topic. Assume you're writing for someone who has been in the industry for 10 to 20 years, is very busy, and very impatient. Assume he or she is mentally asking, while reading your article, "What's the point? What do I do with this information?" Apply the "So what?" test to everything you write.

General comments: We enjoy controversy and strong opinion; we like the fact that we can provide an alternative to standard "refereed" journals that sanitize articles. Because we don't carry any advertising, we can publish critical or negative comments about specific vendors or products. However, we obviously don't want to publish anything libelous or slanderous. Conversely, we don't publish self-serving commercial messages praising one's own product or service.

Style, grammar, and mechanics: For advice on good writing style, we recommend Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., The Chicago Manual of Style, and The Elements of Style (Strunk and White). We are fanatics about the editorial quality of Cutter Business Technology Journal; anything you can do to help us in this regard will be greatly appreciated.

Graphics: If you have created graphics or line drawings, please let us know what format they are in and/or the package you used to create them. We can work with a number of formats, but please check with CBTJ's production editor, Linda Dias (ldias@cutter.com), before sending us numerous graphics files.

Deadlines: The deadline you agree to when you commit to writing an article is a "hard" deadline; if you're going to be late, let us know and we'll negotiate a mutually agreeable delivery date. If the deadline passes without our having heard from you, we will assume that you have vanished and are unable to provide the article.

Editorial process: Once we get your article, we commence two parallel editorial passes: one for content (by the guest editor) and one for substance, grammar, and style (by our managing editor, Cindy Swain). Either or both of these editorial reviews may result in some questions or feedback from us. In any case, we will send you a first draft "page proof" of your article for your review and approval. Articles published in the journal must meet certain criteria relating to audience, technical content, and presentation. In the unlikely occurrence that, upon editorial review, your completed article does not meet with these requirements, Cutter Consortium reserves the right to decline the publishing of your article in the journal.

Biographical sketch: At the end of each CBTJ article, we like to print a brief (200 words or less) biographical sketch of each author. We also like to provide the author's e-mail address so that interested readers can contact you. If you don't have a bio written up and would like to see a sample, please contact Karen.

Copyrights: When you submit an article to us, you warrant that you (or your employer) are the sole owner of the article, that you have full power and authority to copyright it and publish it, and that it has not been previously published elsewhere. You also warrant that it does not infringe on any copyright, violate any property rights, or contain scandalous, libelous, or unlawful matter. If you request, we will grant you, or your designee, copyright of the article providing you extend first-time publishing privileges, in print and electronic formats to Cutter Information LLC; otherwise, the article will be copyrighted by Cutter Information LLC.

Promotion: We will, at your request, provide you with a link to share with your colleagues and contacts where they can register and receive a complimentary PDF download of your complete article. You can post this link on your website, blog, tweet it, promote on social networks, etc. It is only acceptable for your final, Cutter-edited article to be downloaded from the Cutter site, and it may not be posted anywhere else without express permission from Cutter*. You may also excerpt a passage or section from your article with attribution to CBTJ, and link it back to the full article on the Cutter website.

Author Compensation: We are pleased to offer Journal authors an online, one year complimentary subscription to Cutter Business Technology Journal upon the signing of the license agreement. In addition, we occasionally pull excerpts, along with the author's bio, to include in our weekly Cutter Edge email newsletter, which reaches another 12,000 readers. We'd also be pleased to quote you, or passages from your article, in Cutter press releases. If you plan to be speaking at industry conferences, we can arrange to make copies of the issue in which you're published available for attendees of those speaking engagements -- furthering your own promotional efforts.

Reprints: If you would like an authorized reprint of your article for promotional purposes or to post on your website, contact Customer Service (Tel: +1 781 648 8700; E-mail: service@cutter.com) for more information. We can arrange for a reprint with the CBTJ cover, logo, and other details.

* CBTJ accepts no advertising, has no outside sponsorship, and is completely subscriber-supported. In order for us to continue providing this venue for debate to our authors, and your valuable insights to our subscribers, we thank you in advance for your respect of our copyright.

Endnotes: While CBTJ doesn't aspire to be an academic literature review, we do want to give credit where credit is due. When you draw on the work of other authors and researchers, please cite your sources. These should be noted in the relevant part of the text, listed in sequential order (i.e., in the order of appearance, not alphabetical order) at the end, and use the following citation formats:

DeMarco, Tom, and Timothy Lister. Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects. Dorset House, 2003.
Highsmith, Jim. Agile Project Management. Addison-Wesley, 2004.
Constantine, Larry. "Peer Reviews for Usability." Cutter IT Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1, January 2005, pp. 5-13.
Lindstrom, Lowell, and Kent Beck. "It Gets Worse Before It Gets Better: Changing to XP." Cutter IT Journal, Vol. 16, No. 2, February 2003, pp. 12-17