During my PhD, my supervisor wasn't very helpful. Now I have finished my PhD but I still have plenty of ideas (improvements) about my PhD topic that I can transform to papers and be published.

these ideas are not included in my PhD thesis (just personal notes I took during my study), but their topic is very similar to the topic of my PhD (which was proposed by my supervisor!).

Now, my new papers (completely written by me) are based on my previous work (I would use theoretical frameworks, results, ...), can I publish them alone (me being the only author without my supervisor's name as a co-author)? should I involve my supervisor in my paper since my research is a continuation of my previous work with him?

I will give credit to our previous work together in the paper, I will acknowledge the financial support of my PhD university, but I believe that should be all.

  • I think the tide in academia is turning slightly towards people who can publish papers without their supervisors and so show independence. – Tom Jul 7 at 0:28

The answer is "almost certainly yes". If the work is yours you don't need to include others as co-authors, no matter what happened in the past. But there is the issue of whether a new paper includes "intellectual contributions" of others, not just help in writing the paper. If the old advisor's intellectual contributions still appear in your new papers, especially if they are fundamental, then you owe at least an acknowledgement of that, but possibly more. I can't judge that of course.

And, if your old advisor is in a position to still advance your career and including him would be an advantage then there is, perhaps, some incentive to err, if necessary, on the side of including him. Future collaborations might be very valuable - or not.

But, at some point, every student leaves their advisor behind. The advisor should celebrate when that happens, actually.

| improve this answer | |
  • One need nit “leave their advisor behind” to be autonomous; one must simply serve (or at least collaborate with) at least one other master. – ZeroTheHero Jul 2 at 23:27
  • Of crouse I can not be sure to say there are not some "intellectual contributions", but if any "intellectual contributions" is acknowledged by citing our previous work for example, isn't that enough? all the new ideas in my new paper are solely mine. all his "intellectual contributions" are only in our previous work which will be cited anyway. – David Jul 3 at 9:49
  • 2
    You have to make the judgement call, of course. But I would recommend a specific acknowledgement section, I think, if the advisor contributed to early work that leads to this work. But I haven't seen any of the papers. Your call. – Buffy Jul 3 at 10:36

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.