As long-time readers might recall, one of the reasons I started this blog was a lack of desire (credentials?) to join a traditional law school journal. Therefore, I am not intimately familiar with the mechanics behind submissions and acceptances of articles. However according to people in the know, some basic elements of game theory are applied by potential authors on a fairly regular basis during application season in an attempt to work their ways into the more prestigious journals.
This is no surprise as successful publication in journals correlates to, and indeed is often a prerequisite of, grants of tenure and pay increases (incidentally this might explain why I was never again asked to do an article review after I gently panned a piece a while back). This correlation only becomes stronger with the prestige of the journal.
However as journal editors apparently rate structure and organized processes above the excitement I get from legal geeks utilizing rational economic decision-making, there is apparently a movement afoot to quash the more strategic maneuvering some submitters seem to be fond of. More on this at Dorf On Law here.