Data Analytics and Decision-Making Systems: Implications of the Global Outbreaks

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Submission Deadline: Wed 30 Dec 2020
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Journal Name : Decision Support Systems
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Special Issue Call for Papers:

The recent outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) reminded the world of the devastating impact of epidemic and pandemic outbreaks. The outbreak hit China hard, and continues to spread around the globe. Epidemics can be rapidly spread by a group of infectious agents through several methods, threatening the health of a large number of people in a very short time (Medina 2018). The threat to global healthcare from emerging and reemerging epidemics remains critical, and the capacity of pandemic preparedness to confront such threats needs to be strengthened. There is a need for research in the effectiveness of preparedness systems, and in epidemic monitoring to help stabilize economic activities and reduce systematic risks. This would be greatly aided by high-performance decision support systems to keep track of verified events with known or possible impacts on public health or financial market, providing useful data analytic capacities and suggesting proper and efficient reactions. Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) based decision support technologies has also shown its potential in the analysis of epidemic diseases, including effectively pre-empting, preventing and combating the threats of infectious disease epidemic; facilitating understanding of health-seeking behaviors and control of public emotions during epidemics (Ginsberg et al., 2009). Today we have a great deal of health data, but utilizing this data in an effective manner is highly challenging. AI offers new tools for public health practitioners and policy makers to revolutionize healthcare and population health through focused, context-specific interventions (Wu et al. 2016, Nam and Seong. 2019, Wu et al. 2019, Chaudhuri and Bose, 2020, Müller-Peltzer et al. 2020, Liu et al. 2020).

This call for papers of Decision Support Systems on the theme of “Data Analytics and Decision-Making Systems” is intended to publish insights and viewpoints from scholars regarding risk and data analytics in healthcare decision systems. Authors are encouraged to submit their articles addressing the theme of this special issue which are main focus on decision support system in epidemic and pandemic healthcare systems and cases.

Topics of Interest: The special issue aims to address the following, but not limited to, potential topics in decision support system and data analytics and their applications:

  • AI-based behaviors pattern cognition of epidemic outbreak
  • Social-networks analysis applied to healthcare systems
  • Data Analytics and recommendation system
  • Decision making in emergence healthcare
  • Covid-19 effect on operations and financial information systems
  • Text and sentiment analysis of pandemic
  • Innovative decision-making approaches/methods and technologies applied to epidemic control
  • Information systems impact on health risk propagation control
  • Intelligent system for emergence resource allocation of healthcare systems
  • Emergency workflow management during epidemics and pandemics
  • Other topics related to data analytics and decision support as applied to epidemics and pandemics

Paper Submission:

Submitted articles must not have been previously published or currently submitted for journal publication elsewhere. As an author, you are responsible for understanding and adhering to our submission guidelines. You can access them from

Please read these before submitting your manuscript. Each paper will go through a rigorous review process.

Important Dates:

Deadline of Manuscript Submission: 30 December 2020

Final Decision Due: 31 July 2021

Tentative Publication Date: 30 November 2021

Guest Editors:

Desheng Dash Wu, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Stockholm University, Email, (Managing Guest Editor)

David L. Olson, University of Nebraska, USA, E-mail:

James H. Lambert, University of Virginia, USA, E-mail:

Guest Associate Editors:

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Professor Bart Baesens, Professor ,Email:

Professor Bhavik Pathak, Professor ,Email:

Professor David C. Novak, Professor ,

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Professor Georgios Sermpinis, Professor ,Email:

Professor Indranil Bose, Professor ,Email:

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Professor Jiamin Wang, Professor, Email:

Professor Jianjun Wu, Professor, Email:

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Professor Mohamed Wahab Mohamed Ismail, Professor, Email:

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Dr. Shuzhen Chen, Assistant Professor, Email:

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  4. Nam, KiHwan, and NohYoon Seong. “Financial news-based stock movement prediction using causality analysis of influence in the Korean stock market.” Decision Support Systems 117 (2019): 100-112.
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  6. Müller-Peltzer, Michael, et al. “Longitudinal Healthcare Analytics for Disease Management: Empirical Demonstration for Low Back Pain.” Decision Support Systems (2020).
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  8. Liu, Xinying, and Upkar Varshney. “Mobile health: A carrot and stick intervention to improve medication adherence.” Decision Support Systems 128 (2020): 113165.

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