I'm appearing on a panel next spring on the subject of "publishing" at the Classical Association of the Midwest and South. Would it be too much to suggest that Walter Olson's critique of law reviews applies equally well to academic journals in the humanities?
Olson quotes Harold Havighurst:
Whereas most periodicals are published primarily in order that they may be read, the law reviews are published primarily in order that they may be written.Sounds pretty much like the academic journals I'm familiar with in classics.
(H/T: groklaw news picks for the link to Olson's blog.)