Recently I came across a conference paper that tried to solve the same problem I solved couple of years ago and published a workshop publication about, but using a different algorithm. In their introduction they mention and cite 6 applications that can benefit from the solution to this specific problem. Out of the 6 examples 4 are exactly the same in my publication word for word with 3 of them using the same exact citations I used. Which made me believe with zero doubt that the one of the conference paper authors read my workshop paper and found those applications and citations useful and decided to reuse them in their publication without giving my work proper citation for finding those references.
I have read through academia stack previous questions and all questions I found were researchers trying to figure out if citing the source without citing the middle resource was okay:
- Attributing Second-order Citations
- I have found theses on a similar subject to my own, and want to use their references with my own text and a similar flow. Is this plagiarism?
- Citing a citation from a paper?
- Is it okay to incorporate a block of citations from a review paper into my own paper?
- Is there a problem with citing the original source instead of the source where the information was first found?
- If I use most of the references from a thesis but not the exact same sentences, is it plagiarism?
The consensus form the answers of these questions is that the middle resource should be also cited.
Since in my case my work was not cited at all, I contacted the conference committee chair about this issue and showed that the citations I have used have been reused in the paper that was accept in his conference without citing my work. His response was "this related work discussion does not amount to plagiarism." and continued to say that if I am not satisfied with his conclusion that I can contact the journal and ask them for a full investigation of this issue.
So currently I am a little bit conflicted, is this a case of plagiarism? If so how can I proof that it is a clear case plagiarism to avoid a similar response from the journal editors.