I am a math postdoc and my young mentor is unfortunately a lazy person. I have prepared a manuscript 4 months ago and still no news about revision of that from the mentor. I do not know what can I do. Is it good to find someone else to help me to finish this paper? Sometimes the unknown referee suggest some ideas to improve the paper, Can I submit it to a journal and waiting for referee report?

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    If the mentor is a co-author then you need their permission to publish it, but you don't actually need additional cooperation.
    – Buffy
    Jan 31, 2020 at 15:41
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    I hope you talked to your mentor about this a few times since you gave him the manuscript 4 month ago?
    – quarague
    Jan 31, 2020 at 16:16
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    Responsible or responsive?
    – Jon Custer
    Feb 1, 2020 at 17:44

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The answer to your question is the same as for 50% of the other questions on this website: Talk to your adviser. Find out what the hold-up is, how you can help, what other roles you could take on in the lab to free him from work that holds up his side of the collaboration. Communicate about what your issues are.

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