Status Publishing

InĀ Academic Publishing Is All About Status, the view is expressed that publishing in academic journals is about signalling status rather than in communicating results. After all, many papers have been online in ArXiv or similar repositories, presented at conferences and discussed in blogs for some time so the contents hardly come as a surprise. All the journal publication does is supply varying amounts of credit to the authors and provide a somewhat more durable archiving of the contents. The original article is about the field of Economics but could equally well be about Statistics.