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Special Research Topic on
Continuous Living Cover


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

Consider submitting a manuscript, and please feel free to pass the information on to colleagues. We especially want to support early career, women, Black and Indigenous scholars and other people of color in publishing through this research topic - publishing fee support is mentioned below.

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

Abstract submission is open through March 2, 2022 and manuscript submission is open through June 2, 2022. Learn more about the journal Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems here and the Agroecology and Ecosystem Services section here.

Frontiers is an open-access journal. Publishing costs are available on the Frontiers publishing fees page. Frontiers has a fee support program mentioned in the Frontiers fee policy page.

Green Lands Blue Waters has secured an additional open-ended 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. If you would like to learn more or request a publishing fee cost-share from GLBW, please contact Evelyn Reilly [].

  You can also contact Evelyn Reilly [] with general questions about the research topic and submissions. 

About Continuous Living Cover

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 core of the CLC approach is a landscape-scale shift from months of bare soil to year-round coverage, with positive impacts for soil, water, and climate health.


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. 


About Green Lands Blue Waters

Green Lands Blue Waters (GLBW) is a network of researcher and practitioner partners driving perenniality onto the agricultural landscape of the Upper Mississippi River Basin through market-based continuous living cover practices and interventions.


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