I created a rather controversial review of empirical data for my PhD thesis. Initially, my supervisor was very discouraging regarding this review, to the point of threatening me to end my PhD. Believing the notions contained in the work are very important, I continued the work. After the supervisor read the script, providing minor comments on clarity, they were very pleased and even proud. From this work from my thesis I have made a paper. I sent it to all potential co-authors months ago, and I do not get any response from them. The supervisor, on the other hand, says that unless I complete other work, they will not read it (yes, the supervisor tends to change mind quickly and not have much memory of previous attitudes, partly due to being far too overworked). They also stated that they would contact any editor if submitted saying that the work was conducted under themselves and that the editor should not publish it. Quite frankly, I am not too keen on receiving comments from the supervisor as I believe they will be most likely political in nature (i.e., who not to offend in the field etc., rather than scientific), further delay the paper (which i believe should be published ASAP), and possibly detract from its content. I would like to move on alone, perhaps seeking comments from other scientists, but it seems I am in a dangerous situation and that the supervisor's higher stature and volatile attitudes may provoke significant problems for me in my career (also considering I do not have many contacts willing to support me with data etc.,). My questions are
- Do you think that, worst comes to worst, I can publish the paper on my own?
- Tactically speaking, how bad do you think things have to get before I should consider such an option?