In this section you can find an overview of all COST funded publications edited by COST Actions or the COST Association. Please note that COST does not commercialise its publications. If the box "Copies Available" appears, extra copies are available from the COST Association . If not, please contact the Action's Chair, whose details can be found via the 'Actions' section of our website.

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2018 | Action Number: TD1309

Guidelines for supporting children with disabilities' play: Methodologies, tools, and contexts

Play for the sake of play, without any secondary goals, if of utmost importance for children’s wellbeing and development. In this book, you’ll find guidelines to support children with disabilities’ play. Providing ready-to-use information in a lay-person language, this book is for parents, teachers, rehabilitation professionals, toy manufacturers, policymakers and all persons interested in the topic of play for children with disabilities.

2018 | Action Number: IC1304

Autonomous Control for a Reliable Internet of Services: Methods, Models, Approaches, Techniques, Algorithms, and Tools

This book was prepared to play the role of a publication and dissemination platform of the technical aspects of the Final Report of the COST Action IC1304 “Autonomous Control for a Reliable Internet of Services (ACROSS)” that has run for four years, from Fall 2013 until Fall 2017. In particular, the main goal of the COST Action ACROSS was to create a European network of experts, aiming at the development of monitoring and autonomous control methods for a reliable and quality-aware future Internet of Services (IoS). 

This book contains chapters written by various groups of co-authors that cover a broad range of research challenges and topics addressed by them during the course of the Action. We emphasize that the range of topics is based on the preferences and research interests of the members of these different groups.

The Action has been successful in establishing many new Pan-European research collaborations, and has boosted the career of a large number of participants. This book is the product of a fruitful informal collaboration, and we hope that it will be received in the same spirit that motivated its co-authors.

2018 | Action Number: IC1104

Network Coding and Subspace Designs

This book, written by experts from universities and major research laboratories, addresses the hot topic of network coding, a powerful scheme for information transmission in networks that yields near-optimal throughput. It introduces readers to this striking new approach to network coding, in which the network is not simply viewed as a mechanism for delivering packets, but rather an algebraic structure named the subspace, which these packets span. This leads to a new kind of coding theory, employing what are called subspace codes. The book presents selected, highly relevant advanced research output on: Subspace Codes and Rank Metric Codes; Finite Geometries and Subspace Designs; Application of Network Coding; Codes for Distributed Storage Systems. The outcomes reflect research conducted within the framework of the European COST Action IC1104: Random Network Coding and Designs over GF(q). Taken together, they offer communications engineers, R&D engineers, researchers and graduate students in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering a comprehensive reference guide to the construction of optimal network codes, as well as efficient encoding and decoding schemes for a given network code.

2018 | Action Number: CM1305

ECOSTBio: Explicit Control Over Spin States in Technology and Biochemistry - Special Issue in Chemistry: A European Journal

This Special Issue coincides with the last meeting organized by ECOSTBio, taking place on April 9–11, 2018 in Berlin (Germany). This European network has been working since 2014 on tackling a diversity of chemical problems in which electronic spin is a key factor.

2018 | Action Number: TU1302

SaPPART Guidelines Performance assessment of positioning terminals

This document provides guidelines for generic test procedures for the evaluation of GBPT performance, either by field tests, simulations or their combination, in line with the concepts and definitions already established in the SaPPART White Paper and Handbook. The document is intended to provide the reader with a helpful tool for planning the GBPT testing procedures by discussing testing in general and providing some detailed practical information.

2018 | Action Number: TD1304

Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology - Zn-Net Special Issue

The Network for the Biology of Zinc (Zinc-Net) was chaired by Profs. Nicola Lowe and Lothar Rink as a European Cooperation in Science & Technology network (COST action TD1304, ) and is now running as a non-profit association of scientists working on zinc The network includes researchers from agriculture, biochemistry, animal and plant biology, chemistry, human and veterinary medicine and nutrition. The main aim of Zinc-Net was to establish a comprehensive understanding of the role of zinc biology, medicine and general public health and wellbeing by creating a multi-disciplinary research platform that brings together expertise from research groups throughout the COST countries and beyond to stimulate and accelerate new, innovative and high impact scientific research. Ultimately this will benefit the wider society and economy. 

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2018 | Action Number: IS1206

Femicide across Europe - Theory, research and prevention

Femicide, the killing of women and girls because of their gender, was until recently included in the category ‘homicide’, obscuring the special features of this social and gendered phenomenon. However, the majority of murders of women are perpetrated by men whom they know from family ties and are the result of intimate partner violence or so-called 'honour' killings.

This book is the first one on femicide in Europe and presents the findings of a four-year project discussing various aspects of femicide. Written by leading international scholars with an interdiscplinary perspective, it looks at the prevention programmes and comparative quantitative and qualitative data collection, as well as the impact of culture. It proposes the establishment of an European Observatory on Femicide as a new direction for the future, showing the benefits of cross-national collaboration, united to prevent the murder of women and girls.

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2018 | Action Number: FP1202

Annals of Silvicultural Research - Special Issue: COST Action FP1202: “Marginal and peripheral tree populations: a key genetic resource for European forests”

This Special Issue outlines the results of COST Action FP1202 “Marginal and peripheral tree populations: a key genetic resource for European forests”.

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2017 | Action Number: FA1105

Induced plant defences in biological control of arthropod pests: a double‐edged sword

  • Author(s): Maria L Pappas Colette Broekgaarden George D Broufas Merijn R Kant Gerben J Messelink Anke Steppuhn Felix Wäckers Nicole M van Dam
  • Publisher(s): Wiley Online Library

Biological control is an important ecosystem service delivered by natural enemies. Together with breeding for plant defence, it constitutes one of the most promising alternatives to pesticides for controlling herbivores in sustainable crop production. Especially induced plant defences may be promising targets in plant breeding for resistance against arthropod pests. Because they are activated upon herbivore damage, costs are only incurred when defence is needed. Moreover, they can be more specific than constitutive defences. Nevertheless, inducible defence traits that are harming plant pest organisms may interfere with biological control agents, such as predators and parasitoids. Despite the vast fundamental knowledge on plant defence mechanisms and their effects on natural enemies, our understanding of the feasibility of combining biological control with induced plant defence in practice is relatively poor. In this review, we focus on arthropod pest control and present the most important features of biological control with natural enemies and of induced plant defence. Furthermore, we show potential synergies and conflicts among them and, finally, identify gaps and list opportunities for their combined use in crop protection. We suggest that breeders should focus on inducible resistance traits that are compatible with the natural enemies of arthropod pests, specifically traits that help communities of natural enemies to build up.

2017 | Action Number: BM1202

EV-TRACK: transparent reporting and centralizing knowledge in extracellular vesicle research

In this paper, the authors argue that the field of extracellular vesicle (EV) biology needs more transparent reporting to facilitate interpretation and replication of experiments. To achieve this, we describe EV-TRACK, a crowdsourcing knowledgebase ( ) that centralizes EV biology and methodology with the goal of stimulating authors, reviewers, editors and funders to put experimental guidelines into practice.

This work was supported by the Fund for Scientific Spearheads of the Ghent University Hospital, Concerted Research Actions from Ghent University, Stichting tegen Kanker, Kom Op Tegen Kanker, H2020/COST ME-HaD, PhD (J.V.D.) and postdoctoral (A.H., P.M.) positions from Fund for Scientific Research Flanders (FWO) and Krediet aan Navorsers (A.H.) from FWO. This manuscript does not necessarily represent the views of organizations of which authors may be members.

2017 | Action Number: IC1201

Behavioural Types: from Theory to Tools

Behavioural type systems in programming languages support the specification and verification of properties of programs beyond the traditional use of type systems to describe data processing. A major example of such a property is correctness of communication in concurrent and distributed systems, motivated by the importance of structured communication in modern software. 
Behavioural Types: from Theory to Tools presents programming languages and software tools produced by members of COST Action IC1201: Behavioural Types for Reliable Large-Scale Software Systems, a European research network that was funded from October 2012 to October 2016. As a survey of the most recent developments in the application of behavioural type systems, it is a valuable reference for researchers in the field, as well as an introduction to the area for graduate students and software developers.

2017 | Action Number: IS1207

Local Public Sector Reforms in Times of Crisis: National Trajectories and International Comparisons and The Future of Local Government in Europe: Lessons from Research and Practice in 32 Countries

This book compares the trajectories and effects of local public sector reform in Europe and fills a research gap that has existed so far in comparative public administration and local government studies. Based on the results of COST research entitled, ‘Local Public Sector Reforms: an International Comparison’, this volume takes a European-scale approach, examining local government in 28 countries. Local government has been the most seriously affected by the continuously expanding global financial crisis and austerity policies in some countries, and is experiencing a period of increased reform activity as a result. This book considers both those local governments which have adopted or moved away from New Public Management (NPM) modernization to ‘something different’ (what some commentators have labelled ‘post-NPM’), as well as those which have implemented ‘other-than-NPM measures’, such as territorial reforms and democratic innovations. 

2017 | Action Number: IC1205

Trends in Computational Social Choice

This volume has been produced by COST Action IC1205 on Computational Social Choice, a European research network set up to advance the state of the art in computational social choice by supporting the international research community in this domain.

This book consists of three parts. Part I is dedicated to scenarios in which some form of collective decision making is required, Part II reviews a number of tech- niques that are useful for the analysis of such scenarios, and Part III presents several innovative applications that illustrate the wide-ranging relevance of the field of computational social choice.

2017 | Action Number: TD1202

Mapping and the Citizen Sensor

Maps are a fundamental resource in a diverse array of applications ranging from everyday activities, such as route planning through the legal demarcation of space to scientific studies, such as those seeking to understand biodiversity and inform the design of nature reserves for species conservation. For a map to have value, it should provide an accurate and timely representation of the phenomenon depicted and this can be a challenge in a dynamic world. Fortunately, mapping activities have benefitted greatly from recent advances in geoinformation technologies. Satellite remote sensing, for example, now offers unparalleled data acquisition and authoritative mapping agencies have developed systems for the routine production of maps in accordance with strict standards. Until recently, much mapping activity was in the exclusive realm of authoritative agencies but technological development has also allowed the rise of the amateur mapping community. The proliferation of inexpensive and highly mobile and location aware devices together with Web 2.0 technology have fostered the emergence of the citizen as a source of data. Mapping presently benefits from vast amounts of spatial data as well as people able to provide observations of geographic phenomena, which can inform map production, revision and evaluation. The great potential of these developments is, however, often limited by concerns. The latter span issues from the nature of the citizens through the way data are collected and shared to the quality and trustworthiness of the data. This book reports on some of the key issues connected with the use of citizen sensors in mapping. It arises from a European Co-operation in Science and Technology (COST) Action, which explored issues linked to topics ranging from citizen motivation, data acquisition, data quality and the use of citizen derived data in the production of maps that rival, and sometimes surpass, maps arising from authoritative agencies.

2017 | Action Number: IS1104

The Economy as a Complex Spatial System: Macro, Meso and Micro perspectives

This collected volume represents the final outcome of the COST Action IS1104 “The EU in the new complex geography of economic systems: models, tools and policy evaluation”.

Visualizing the EU as a complex and multi-layered network, the book is organized in three parts, each of them dealing with a different level of analysis: At the macro-level, Part I considers the interactions within large economic systems (regions or countries) involving trade, workers migration, and other factor movements. At the meso-level, Part II discusses interactions within specific but wide-ranging markets, with a focus on financial markets and banking systems. Lastly, at the micro-level, Part III explores the decision-making of single firms, especially in the context of location decisions.

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