No, it wasn’t plargiarism. It was merely an utter lack of communication from the editor of HITESOL The Word.
On January 2, 2009, I submitted a manuscript to the editor. I had received no communciation in return by yesterday, March 8, 2009, so when I ran across a journal that the topic seemed perfect for, I thought to myself: I wonder what became of that article. I haven’t heard back, so it must have been rejected. I think I’ll submit it here, instead.
Luckily, I decided to check out the HITESOL website first, just in case. And lo and behold, there was my article, Using Google Reader for Professional Development, in the February 2009 issue! Not only had they accepted my article without notice, they had also PUBLISHED my article without bothering to tell me!
Now, of course I am happy that my article was published. But I would have liked a heads-up that it occurred. I emailed the editor to say as much – and I was informed that they inform the author if they cannot publish an article! It’s good to know that they choose to communicate under a certain set of circumstances.
Anyone ever had their writing ninja-ed into print like this? Should I be peeved or pleased?