I have an essay online on a dense philosophical text. One sentence of my paraphrasing or interpretation of this text has been copied verbatim in a now-published journal article. In that article, the sentence is attributed to the original author of the philosophical text, not to my essay. The article was published this year; my text was written over five years ago.
This upsets me because
- I believe I have been plagiarized
- The authors are asserting my paraphrasing and interpretation of the text as their own, and in the process skipping the work of interpreting the original text, along with misleading their readers. If the authors want to use the text to support their argument, they should paraphrase it themselves, or quote directly (and who knows, my interpretation could be wildly off!).
Regardless, can any one advise on the best way to report or address this, or what I should expect if I do so?