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30th Anniversary Collection


Anthrozoös celebrated its 30th birthday in 2017. To honor this occasion, we decided it would be a good time to look back over the years and see just what our readers have been downloading, citing, and talking about on social media. To do this, our publishers, Taylor & Francis, used the following information: Top downloaded in 2017; Top downloaded in 2018; Top altmetric scoring in the last year; Top cited in 2017; and Top cited of all time. And to mark our 30th anniversary, we are publishing the top 30 papers based on these criteria in this Virtual Special Issue. The papers are in chronological order and all are free to access until 31 July 2019.

Our collection shows a major interest in research on the potential health benefits of owning and interacting with companion animals, and the effectiveness of animal-assisted interventions. There are also articles on attitudes to animals and how companion animals influence the way people are perceived (e.g., in online dating sites); gender differences in human–animal interactions; and the animal ethics profiling of vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters. And while most of the articles are about human–companion animal interactions, there are also some on our relationships with farmed, wild, and zoo animals.

I hope you find this collection of papers interesting and useful.

Happy reading!

Anthony L. Podberscek (Editor-in-Chief)

Anthrozoos 30th Anniversary Article Collection

Article TitleAuthorJournal TitleVolumeIssue
Empathy and belief in the mental experience of animalsAdelma M. HillsAnthrozoosVol. 8Iss. 3 (1995)
Dog-human relationship affects problem solving behavior in the dogJ. Topál, Á. Miklósi & V. CsányiAnthrozoosVol. 10Iss 4 (1997)
Animal-assisted therapy enhances resident social interaction and initiation in long-term care facilitiesP. L. Bernstein, E. Friedmann & A. MalaspinaAnthrozoosVol. 13Iss. 4 (2000)
Animal-related attitudes and activities in an urban populationTore Bjerke, Torbjørn ØstdahlAnthrozoosVol. 17Iss.2 (2004)
Attitudes towards animal use and belief in animal mindSarah Knight, Aldert Vrij, Julie Cherryman, Karl NunkoosingAnthrozoosVol. 17Iss. 1 (2000)
Empathy and attitudes to animalsN. Taylor & T.D. SignalAnthrozoosVol. 18Iss. 1 (2005)
Gender differences in human-animal interactions: A reviewHarold A. HerzogAnthrozoosVol. 20Iss. 1 (2007)
Do Animal-Assisted Activities Effectively Treat Depression? A Meta-AnalysisMegan A. Souter, Michelle D. MillerAnthrozoosVol. 20Iss. 2 (2007)
Animal-Assisted Therapy: A Meta-AnalysisJanelle Nimer, Brad LundahlAnthrozoosVol. 20 Iss. 3 (2007)
Domestic Dogs as Facilitators in Social Interaction: An Evaluation of Helping and Courtship BehaviorsNicolas Guéguen, Serge CiccottiAnthrozoosVol. 21Iss. 4 (2008)
Exploring Stock Managers' Perceptions of the Human-Animal Relationship on Dairy Farms and an Association with Milk ProductionCatherine Bertenshaw, Peter RowlinsonAnthrozoosVol. 22 Iss. 1 (2009)
Effects of Having Pets at Home on Children's Attitudes toward Popular and Unpopular AnimalsPavol Prokop & Sue Dale TunnicliffeAnthrozoosVol. 23Iss. 1 (2010)
The Effect of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Stress Responses in Hospitalized ChildrenChia-Chun Tsai, Erika Friedmann, Sue A. ThomasAnthrozoosVol. 23Iss. 3 (2010)
The Public Face of Zoos: Images of Entertainment, Education and ConservationNeil Carr, Scott CohenAnthrozoosVol. 24Iss. 2 (2011)
Short-Term Interaction between Dogs and Their Owners: Effects on Oxytocin, Cortisol, Insulin and Heart Rate-An Exploratory StudyLinda Handlin, Eva Hydbring-Sandberg, Anne Nilsson, Mikael Ejdebäck, Anna Jansson & Kerstin Uvnäs-MobergAnthrozoosVol. 24Iss. 3 (2011)
The Effect of a Real Dog, Toy Dog and Friendly Person on Insecurely Attached Children During a Stressful Task: An Exploratory StudyAndrea Beetz, Kurt Kotrschal, Dennis C. Turner, Karin Hediger, Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg & Henri JuliusAnthrozoosVol. 24Iss. 4 (2011)
Nudging Them Back to Reality': Toward a Growing Public Acceptance of the Role Dogs Fulfill in Ameliorating Contemporary Veterans' PTSD SymptomsMyra F. Taylor, Mary E. Edwards, Julie Ann PooleyAnthrozoosVol. 26Iss. 4 (2013)
Are Therapy Dogs Like Xanax? Does Animal-Assisted Therapy Impact Processes Relevant to Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy?Melissa G. Hunt, Rachel R. ChizkovAnthrozoosVol. 26Iss. 3 (2014)
A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Psychosocial OutcomesMaujean, Annick; Pepping, Christopher A.; Kendall, ElizabethAnthrozoosVol. 28Iss. 1 (2015)
The Effect of an Animal-Assisted Intervention on Anxiety and Pain in Hospitalized ChildrenSandra B. Barker, Janet S. Knisely, Christine M. Schubert, Jeffrey D. Green, Suzanne AmeringerAnthrozoosVol. 28Iss. 1 (2015)
The Roles of Pet Dogs and Cats in Human Courtship and DatingPeter B. Gray, Shelly L. Volsche, Justin R. Garcia, Helen E. FisherAnthrozoosVol. 28Iss. 4 (2015)
A Randomized Cross-over Exploratory Study of the Effect of Visiting Therapy Dogs on College Student Stress Before Final ExamsSandra B. Barker, Randolph T. Barker, Nancy L. McCain, Christine M. SchubertAnthrozoosVol. 29Iss. 1 (2016)
Animal Ethics Profiling of Vegetarians, Vegans and Meat-EatersThomas B. Lund, Dorothy E. F. McKeegan, Clare Cribbin, Peter SandøeAnthrozoosVol. 29Iss. 1 (2016)
Pets and Happiness: Examining the Association between Pet Ownership and WellbeingKatherine Jacobs Bao, George SchreerAnthrozoosVol. 29Iss. 2 (2016)
Hounds and Homesickness: The Effects of an Animal-assisted Therapeutic Intervention for First-Year University StudentsJohn-Tyler Binfet, Holli-Anne PassmoreAnthrozoosVol. 29 Iss. 3 (2016)
Animal-assisted Social Skills Training for Children with Autism Spectrum DisordersJoanna L. Becker, Erica C. Rogers, Bethany BurrowsAnthrozoosVol. 30Iss. 2 (2017)
Happy Chickens Lay Tastier Eggs: Motivations for Buying Free-range Eggs in AustraliaHeather J. Bray, Rachel A. AnkenyAnthrozoosVol. 30 Iss. 2 (2017)
A Propensity-Score-Weighted Population-Based Study of the Health Benefits of Dogs and Cats for ChildrenJeremy N. V. Miles, Layla Parast, Susan H. Babey, Beth Ann Griffin, Jessica M. SaundersAnthrozoosVol. 30 Iss. 3 (2017)
The Effects of Group-Administered Canine Therapy on University Students' Wellbeing: A Randomized Controlled TrialJohn-Tyler BinfetAnthrozoosVol. 30Iss. 3 (2017)
The Effect of Therapy Dogs on Exam Stress and MemoryJanet P. TrammellAnthrozoosVol. 30Iss. 4 (2017)


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