Special Issue: Current Trends, Challenges, and New Enablers of E-Commerce Applications

Theme and Scope

In the current scenario, E-commerce is one of the fastest-growing industries in an emerging economy. As the internet has become an integral part of our lives, it links billions of devices worldwide for various purposes including online marketing, banking, trading, and other types of online communication. Usually, larger enterprises can reach customers easily through their web portals and applications, but the new business enablers face difficulties to create websites because of high start-up costs and other process issues. In this context, E-commerce helps new business enablers in many ways, including global reach, low barriers to sell, product tracking, increased business revenue, and automated product delivery solutions with lesser operational cost. One of the significant advantages of E-commerce is that users can access the website anytime and anywhere with quick and immediate customer support. Currently, advanced techniques like voice search, snap and shop, subscription-based models, and chatbots assisted applications, enhance the search the experiences in E-commerce platforms. With the latest E-commerce advancements, estimates and reports show that new business enablers will achieve their goal more effectively than other modes of operation.

E-commerce possesses numerous challenges in terms of technology, trust-building, Omni-channel shopping experience, retaining customers, and some security-related issues. E-commerce has its impact on productivity and inflation through increased competition, cost savings and changes in seller’s pricing behavior, and so on. Additionally, security is one of the concerns in E-commerce platforms because information like card details and personal information are stolen in some cases. To overcome these security-related issues, technological improvements like cloud computing develops very high-tech and protected path for data management. Cloud computing provides secure solutions and benefits E-commerce in many aspects like, scalability, flexibility, and high searching speed. Furthermore, E-commerce data analysis based on big data and artificial intelligence helps personalized product recommendations to users without intermediaries. Moreover, machine learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) assist E-commerce business to become customer-centric and encourages new enablers to use online social networks for business enlargement. With the current situation, E-commerce websites have reached unprecedented growth due to social distancing practices and other preventive strategies. It triggers changes in online shopping behavior that is likely to have long-lasting effects. Thus, E-commerce with enhanced technological features overcomes challenges, and improves the growth of various businesses. This special issue on E-commerce applications deals with rapid expanding of knowledge related to new enablers, current challenges, and opportunities.


Topics of Interest:

(Contributions are sought in (but are not limited to) the following topics)

  • Current ubiquitous technologies in E-commerce
  • Challenges and issues of E-commerce for new business enablers
  • Effective Social media E-commerce for businesses enablers
  • Cognitive supply chain management of E-commerce
  • Internet and Intranet based collaborators for E-commerce
  • Virtual and augmented reality for online shopping
  • Security, privacy and effectiveness of E-commerce Policy
  • Innovative E-commerce implications for future market structure
  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and E-commerce for business automation
  • Ethics and competitive strategies of E-commerce market and marketplaces
  • The future E-commerce and Business-to-Consumer (B2C) relations
  • Trust management systems and reputation design principles of E-commerce
  • The role of digital service for economic growth in emerging companies
  • E-commerce and data mining for business improvements

Instructions for Manuscripts

Each paper, written in English, the maximum words number in each paper should be below 8,000 words, including references and illustrations. More information can be found at http://jit.ndhu.edu.tw. Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at https://jit.ndhu.edu.tw/about/submissions#authorGuidelines. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/internet-tech

When submitting papers, authors should specify that the manuscript is for Special Issue on “Current Trends, Challenges, and New Enablers of E-Commerce Applications”. The manuscript template can be found at https://jit.ndhu.edu.tw/about/submissions#authorGuidelines.


Important dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline: January 25, 2022  March 25, 2022

First Decision: March 28, 2022

Revised Manuscript Due: May 22, 2022

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: July 30, 2022

Tentative Publication Date: The 4th quarter of 2022


Guest Editors:

Dr. Keping Yu (Lead Guest Editor)

Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies, Waseda University, Japan

E-mail: keping.yu@ieee.org


Dr. Wei Wang

School of Intelligent Systems Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, China

E-mail: ehomewang@ieee.org


Dr. Moayad Aloqaily

xAnalytics Inc., Ottawa, Canada

E-mail: moayad@gnowit.com


Dr. Muhammad Tariq

National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan 

E-mail: mtariq@princeton.edu