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As @Buffy's answer says, it is probably acceptable, given that it seems you are intending to revise into a fundamentally different paper, where your colleague's contribution is no longer really present. However: are you sure you are correctly interpreting the feedback given? We can't know the specifics here, but in general testing a novel algorithm against ...


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It is possible that the paper can only be published ethically with you as author. This would depend on whether you made clear intellectual contributions to it. I suggest that you first get a copy of the paper and look for your own contributions. I suspect you may find them. If you do, I'd let it go, even though you don't want to be associated with them ...


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Given what you say, it seems acceptable to remove them provided that you assure yourselves that the resulting paper has no fundamental intellectual contributions from the other person remaining. That might be easy or hard to do, but seems possible here. A supporting point is that they are both comfortable with it and also willing to continue collaboration ...


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A couple of considerations in addition to what has been posted so far: Many journals do not allow for changes in the author list during the revision process, with or without the co-author's approval. It is prudent to have a conversation with the Editor-in-Chief about your plan first. It is possible that the Editor-in-Chief sees the changes you plan to make ...


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I would first read the paper. If it is a reasonable paper and you would be happy to be a co-author on the paper then it might be easier in your situation to let it go. I wouldn't normally suggest that, but sometimes it's better to take to the easy path (if it's not causing you harm). If you think it's a bad paper and you would not have approved it, had you ...


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I wouldn't do that. That coauthorship doesn't look granted for free, considering the history of the manuscript. Unless the paper was rejected, but it does not seem to be the case. And personally, even resubmitting what would look a different paper I would likely maintain that person in the coauthor list.


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