At my previous job I wrote a small paper draft, which was funded by a non-profit foundation. In this draft I solved a small but existing scientific problem. So I elaborated this to make it close to a complete publication.
I put also the coworker who acquired the funds for the research as second coauthor, although his sole contributions to the publication were minor error corrections. He is also a full-time professor in a similar field and was excited about my findings. He said that there are a few points missing to make a full publication and we should work on this as soon as he will have time.
This was more than one and half year ago. Afterwards, I wrote him three times that we should continue on this and if he doesn't have time, then he should write me what is missing and I will finish the publication. He postponed the work always by half a year. My last email I sent him a couple months ago, he didn't answer at all.
I'm still interested in publishing the research even on myself. Hence, I would like to know how to proceed best in this situation.
- Can I continue on myself and try to publish with his name on it?
- Can I remove his name since he did not contribute anything beside small corrections (should be possible to verify afterwards on svn repository)
- Third option, is it possible to just write a small article on my personal blog where I present the findings with new text and new code.
- It is also possible to extend my idea to a more general case and use the special case just as an example. How can I proceed on this?
- The last option would be to ask the last time with a fixed deadline. But I think he set it two times by postponing by half a year?
- something else?
Thanks in advance