CLC Special Journal Call

Special CLC Research Topic through Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems now accepting abstracts!

Do you have research to publish on perennial agricultural systems, cover crops, agroforestry, winter annuals, or managed grazing? Your article could be a good fit for GLBW’s Continuous Living Cover Research Topic, now open for abstract and manuscript submissions. The Research Topic will appear in the Agroecology and Ecosystem Services section of Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems.

Continuous Living Cover (CLC) refers to agricultural systems in which there are living plants and roots in the ground throughout the year, including winter cover crops sown between annuals, agroforestry plantings with both trees and herbaceous species, managed grazing systems, and perennial grain, forage, and biomass production. The Research Topic will focus on CLC as it relates to the American Midwest and the unique climatic, policy, social, and economic aspects of this region. Research conducted outside of but relevant to the Midwest will also be considered.

We encourage submissions describing agronomic field research on CLC systems as well as environmental, social, and economic perspectives. Topics could include, but are not limited to, original research on any of the CLC crops and cropping systems mentioned above; review and mini-review articles summarizing research on those strategies; impacts of CLC practices on water, soil, carbon, or other natural resources; CLC crop markets; nutritional improvement of crops in CLC systems; farmer-led adoption; and analyses of policy, social, and economic factors relevant to CLC implementation.

Interested in submitting an abstract/ manuscript for review? You can do so here.

NEW DEADLINE: July 2, 2022. Note that abstracts are not mandatory to submit a manuscript and can be submitted after the abstract deadline.

Contributor costs: Frontiers is an open-access journal. Publishing costs are available on the Frontiers website. Contributors can inquire with Frontiers about fee support. Green Lands Blue Waters has secured an additional funding pool to assist with publishing fees for early career, women and people of color, with the goal of encouraging contributions from groups who have faced systematic barriers to participation in research and academic publishing. GLBW’s fee support is focused on authors in our primary geographic reach – MN, WI, IA, IL and MO. If you would like to learn more about any of these fee support options, please contact glbw[at]

Contact: You can contact Evelyn Reilly reill163[at] with any questions about the research topic and submissions!