I have just addressed reviewers’ comments to one of my papers. I am the first author and did most of the job.

One of the authors does not want to resubmit. They offered no explanation and have been avoiding me. How to behave in this case?

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    Please do not vandalize your own question. Please see here for an explanation, and some possible alternatives. – cag51 Nov 8 '20 at 2:47
  • Did your co-author tell you why he/she does not want to submit? They may have a good reason and it may be worth for you to listen to it carefully and take it into account. – Louic Nov 8 '20 at 8:18
  • The problem in the question changed a lot due to some edits. Right now it sounds as if one of the co-authors doesn't want to give his/her approval for submission, which is a completely different problem than the initial problem where co-autor said to submit, but apparently didn't. – Mark Nov 8 '20 at 10:55

Ask both the editor and the colleague to change the corresponding author to yourself. Make it one mail to both parties. Explain in the mail that there has been a mixup and you want to correct it. You don't need details in a first correspondence, but supply them if required.

Hopefully the journal's procedures will permit this and hopefully your coauthor won't cause a stink.

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    In fields of research where corresponding author has a lot of prestige, this would be very dangerous advice. – Anonymous Physicist Sep 14 '20 at 0:30

To complement Buffy's good answer, here's a potentially more diplomatic option: You could email the editor the revised manuscript, indicating that your coauthor had resubmitted it previously but apparently something had gone wrong on the way.

You could even inform your coauthor about that action beforehand, without necessarily having to wait for their response/approval.

This might be slighly less confrontative then asking to transfer the corresponding author, in which case the editor might check with your coauthor, causing a potentially awkward situation.

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    @neutroshock Now resubmitting as a single author does not sound like a smart idea. Basically it means that either this or the previous submission was unethical. – user151413 Sep 14 '20 at 14:05
  • @neutroshock No, it is not, but this does not justify you submitting the same paper on your own. Unless, of course, the other author did not contribute enough to be a coauthor, in which case they shouldn't have been a coauthor on the first submission to start with. Unethical behavior is not made ethical by other unethical behavior. – user151413 Sep 14 '20 at 19:10
  • @neutroshock Anyway, it seems you had recurring bad experiences with them - so you should stop publishing with them, and potentially tell your peers. – user151413 Sep 14 '20 at 19:11
  • @neutroshock I think this is more tricky than you would like it to be. But it feels that the ethics of this would be another question. (Might have seen some similar questions here.) – user151413 Sep 14 '20 at 20:36
  • @neutroshock As I said, which action is ethical etc. is a matter for another question. – user151413 Sep 23 '20 at 23:07

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