Coronavirus

Digital innovation, entrepreneurship and research: Accelerating solutions to deal with COVID-19 pandemic and the future for global economies

Call for papers for: Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

Special Issue -Call for Papers

“Digital innovation, entrepreneurship and research: Accelerating solutions to deal with COVID-19 pandemic and the future for global economies”

Guest Editors
Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos (The University of Oviedo, Spain)
Kwok Tai Chui (The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Florinda Matos (University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) - Centre for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies Lisboa, Portugal and ICAA - Intellectual Capital Association, Santarém, Portugal)


About the Journal
The Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management provides a platform for researchers, academics, professionals, practitioners, and students. It discusses the role of science and technology in the knowledge-based economy and explores how different economic agents can foster these activities. The journal is interested in attracting submissions that debate issues in the areas of science, technology, and innovation, as well as their impact on economic growth and social well-being. JSTPM has a special focus on countries with emerging economies.
 
Special Issue Overview
The coronavirus outbreak and rapid spread represent a major unprecedented challenge for the livelihoods of citizens and economies around the world. Countries take measures to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, increase the capacity of health systems and save lives across the world. Simultaneously it is important to protect workers (human capital) and economic sectors from the negative impact of the pandemic, provide relief, boost the economy and help to the survival of companies.
In the case of Europe, the European Commission “has adopted a comprehensive economic response to the outbreak, applied the full flexibility of the EU fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and set up a €37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector” (European Commission, 2020 a). In particular, the European Commission has launched two packages of important measures -Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative (CRII) and the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus (CRII+) - to respond to the urgent needs in sectors such as health sector, SMEs and labour markets (European Commission, 2020 b).
Relevant stakeholders at local, regional, national and international level need to urgently discuss key issues, collaborate and make coordinated decisions to mitigate the shock of covid-19 crisis on citizens and economies and avoid more disruption. It is time to act and revert the impact of the covid-19 outbreak on industries, services and trade in countries and regions.
The special issue will focus on how this health emergency has disrupted the life of citizens, businesses and economies around the world and how game-changing digital innovations and technologies can help to national and global recovery, transforming services and industries to provide solutions for the covid-9 crisis and generate new markets and jobs.

Topics of Interest
The special issue will explore the impact of covid-19 on economies and societies and how digital innovation and technologies can provide tools to work on real-world solutions. Please note that all paper submissions must be related to covid-19 and health emergency situation.
The following topics are of interest for the special issue: 

•    Assets and technology protection
•    Businesses and jobs in covid-19 scenario
•    Coronavirus-related challenges 
•    Data sharing and businesses 
•    Digital business and cybersecurity
•    Digital healthcare
•    Digital industrial platforms
•    Digital innovation and technology
•    Digital solutions (virtual education, robotic solutions, etc)
•    Digital transformation of services and industries
•    Fake news in covid-19 scenario and impact on businesses
•    Food supply and agriculture sector
•    Globalization
•    Innovation solutions 
•    IT and monitoring in healthcare 
•    IT and SMEs
•    Management of health services
•    Public sector 
•    Secure access to data 
•    Science and societal challenges
•    Smart healthcare
•    Tourism 
•    Unemployment and IT

Important dates 

•    Manuscript submission deadline:  5th October 2020
•    Notification of decision: March 22nd, 2021
•    Publication of special issue (tentative):  June 2021

Submit to JSTPM
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Guest Editors
Patricia Ordóñez de Pablos
The University of Oviedo, Spain
[email protected]

Kwok Tai Chui 
The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
[email protected]

Florinda Matos
University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) - Centre for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies Lisboa, Portugal and ICAA - Intellectual Capital Association, Santarém, Portugal
[email protected]


Bibliography
European Commission (2020a): “Jobs and economy”,https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/health/coronavirus-response/jobs-and-economy_en
European Commission (2020b): “Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative”, https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/en/newsroom/coronavirus-response/