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I did my PhD 4 years ago. I was not comfortable with my guide but I concentrated on my work, and I successfully completed the PhD. But I published a little work with his name as correspondence author. But now I am in good position in another country, so I need to publish my PhD work without his name as co-author. If I publish a paper of my PhD work without my supervisor's name, what will be happen? Are there any legal problems that will be raised?

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In what sense do you "need" to publish without him as a co-author? Why do you think it is relevant that you finished your PhD four years ago? Do you think it would be different if it was four months? Forty years? (It wouldn't.) –  David Richerby Jul 19 '14 at 10:03
What field are you in? Most social sciences, it'd be fine but I'm assuming you're in the natural sciences? –  RoboKaren Jul 19 '14 at 11:25
@Parsa This is not a duplicate. The linked question is about work done after completing the PhD; this question is about work done during the PhD (but not published yet). –  ff524 Jul 20 '14 at 20:46
at first I misread as "I don't need to publish with his name", but even in that case there are still the concerns about contributions –  laika Jul 25 '14 at 10:10

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Welcome to SE! To answer your question you have left (at least) 2 things unanswered:

Has your supervisor contributed to your work? (How contribution is measured depends on the field you are working in, it could be through "real" intellectual contribution, feedback, funding, ...)

But Now i am in good position in another country so i need to publish my phd work without his name as co author.

Why do you need to publish without his name as a co-author?

If I publish a paper of my phd work without my supervisor name, what will be happen? is there any legal problems will raised?

If he has contributed to your work, there are several legal and other problems, e.g., fraud or copyright infringement.

So, if you are sure that he has not contributed in any way to your thesis (which is unlikely) then you are fine to publish on your own. Otherwise you should talk to him and ask him if he thinks he has made a significant contribution and wants to be your co-author.

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And regardless of he deserving coauthorship, you are at risk you will end up in a messy fight about plagiarism, that cannot be good for any. –  Davidmh Jul 19 '14 at 12:52
@Davidmh: it shouldn't be plagiarism, unless the supervisor actually wrote his PhD thesis, which I think is unlikely. But you're right that avoiding fights is a good thing. –  Peter Shor Jul 20 '14 at 17:39

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