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I am working in the field of HCI. My relationship with my advisor turned sour due to difference of opinion and eventually I changed my advisor. Now I am stuck in a situation where my paper as a first author is on hold because the ex-advisor is not letting me submit it. This is entirely my work of 2 yrs., while my ex-advisor was only involved in guiding me throughout the research, reading my writing, and giving his comments. What should I do in this situation?

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    If the ex-advisor isn't an author, what authority do they have to stop it?
    – Buffy
    Jun 13 at 0:01
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    @Buffy "involved in guiding me throughout the research, reading my writing, and giving his comments" is almost certainly grounds for authorship (or at least opportunity to complete remaining steps towards authorship like drafting and approving a manuscript) in most fields.
    – Bryan Krause
    Jun 13 at 2:01
  • Thank you for responding. My ex-advisor is an author in the paper. Is there any way I can still submit the paper without his approval, considering I am the first author?
    – Puja
    Jun 13 at 3:36
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    Try to enlist help for conflict resolution. The obvious person to discuss this with would be your new advisor.
    – Roland
    Jun 13 at 5:44
  • Related, possible duplicate: Co-author contributed almost nothing and is blocking publication
    – cag51
    Jun 13 at 6:21

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