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The Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science is the leading peer-reviewed journal on the science of animal welfare for veterinarians, scientists and public policy makers. It presents articles and reports on practices that demonstrably enhance the welfare of wildlife, companion animals and animals used in research, agriculture and zoos.

Journal Scope

Recent topics include how access to outdoor areas impacts the behavior of captive great apes, tortoise enrichment, a behavioral analysis of dolphin-killing methods in Taiji, Japan, and the behavioral consequences of transporting giant pandas from China to the United States.

JAAWS, which began in 1998, is published by the academic press, Taylor and Francis, and is a joint project of ASI and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Accessing the Journal

JAAWS may be ordered directly from the Taylor & Francis website for $80 USD per year for personal subscription which includes both print and online access. The discounted ASI member price is $42 USD and includes both print and online access. Once you become an ASI member, contact us at for how to access your discount! JAAWS is published four times per year.

Click on Article Abstracts  for Volume 1 thru to current issue. For a list of articles published in JAAWS by topic, click here.

ASI Scholar members can click on Full Articles for Volume 1 thru 2 years before current issue.

To submit a manuscript

JAAWS encourages submission of brief report research reports and comments on any aspect of applied animal welfare science. All submitted manuscripts are peer-reviewed by a panel of section editors who oversee an even more complete review by a distinguished board of editors. These are JAAWS‘ principal subject matter areas and their respective section editors:

  • Animals in Laboratories: Hanno Wuerbel, Justus-Leibig, University of Giessen, Germany
  • Animals in Agriculture: Suzanne Millman, University of Guelph, Canada
  • Companion Animals: Emily Weiss and Elsie Shore, Wichita State University
  • Wildlife and Zoos: Mollie Bloomsmith, Emory Universityand Joseph Barber, City University of New York

As it is devoted to the enhancement of welfare, the editors will not publish studies that in their view involve significant pain, distress, harm, or injury to subjects. The editors strongly encourage discussion of the animal welfare implications of findings, including ethical issues raised by the implementation of the study and their resolution.
JAAWS is currently accepting submissions and issues under discussion include:

  • describing and measuring the well-being of an animal
  • animal consciousness
  • engineering versus performance criteria of welfare in laboratory animals
  • biogenetic engineering
  • species reintroduction
  • animal companions
  • overpopulation
  • the effect and limits of field studies on welfare
  • feral cat management
  • welfare issues associated with trapping

JAAWS uses ScholarOne Manuscripts, an online submission and peer review tracking system. All articles for the journal should be submitted online at

Suggested manuscript maximum length for full articles is 8000 words, including references. For more detailed guidelines regarding submission, please consult the journal’s style guide.

All applicable governmental and institutional guidelines regarding the use of human and nonhuman animal subjects must be strictly adhered to. Submitted manuscripts must not have been published previously, nor may they be under review for publication elsewhere. Manuscript submissions should conform to the guidelines described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (4th Edition).

Reviewer Guidelines

JAAWS reviewers use the following guidelines in reviewing submissions:

To what degree –

  • Is the work impactful for the field or Does this work advance our knowledge and understanding of animal welfare?
  • Is the work original?
  • Is the work methodologically sound?
  • Do the results support the conclusions?

Was the justification for the project clear?

Is the problem concisely stated?

Are the  methods adequately and clearly described?

Is the literature citation current and adequate?

Is the language acceptable?

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