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I'm a Ph.D. student in mathematics.
A year ago, my supervisor ask me to try to generalize some results, saying that this "question" is given by one of the famous researchers in our domain of work, let's call him X.
Four months ago he asked me to add the name of X to the paper, and I did.
Now, the paper is almost finished (after a lot of discussion/presentation with my supervisor), but he never read it until this week.
Today, he asked me "kindly" to remove his name and the name of X from the paper and send it to a journal without including their names, he thinks that this is not research for three names, (which sound like: it is not significant enough), knowing that I did what he asked me to do exactly, and I tried my best.
I know that I can submit this paper alone, but the whole situation is very strange, it makes me very sad and anxious for three reasons:
- I feel that my supervisor is giving up on me in this.
- Not having his name on the paper will surely affect its chance of acceptance.
- suppose the article is published, what will be the interpretation of not having your Ph.D. supervisor's name on it?
I will appreciate your help!
Edit: Many thanks for your useful answers, I will keep you updated.