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You'll need to convince the journal that it actually is a mistake as opposed to gift authorship. If you do convince them then yes, you can add an author.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Legal questions are beyond the scope of this site, and if you want to be certain then you should seek advice from a lawyer in your jurisdiction (or perhaps from a librarian; those guys know plenty about copyright law). If you are working at or with a university, you can seek advice from the university legal counsel. You do not say where you are, so that is ...


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You are in an abusive relationship. Supervisor and student is an interpersonal relationship, and just like with any interpersonal relationship, there are cases of abuse. Sadly, academia is full of such abusive situations. Don't walk, run! As with any abusive relationship, it's not going to get better no matter what you do. It will only get worse. You are in ...


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Well, first, selling authorships for a conference publication is like selling your soul for a hamburger. Nobody needs a conference publication that bad, though on the plus side, it's a conference so most likely nobody will ever care. Second, yeah, it's unethical, and it's not how research works. "A friend" of mine once had a boss who had a habit of ...


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Publish it on your own. You only have one life to live, so stop worrying about what your professor might think. You're not doing anything wrong. You've worked so hard and that deserves recognition. Don't be ashamed to shine. So go ahead and shine!


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You are asking them to devote not insignificant effort to what is clearly fairly low on their priority list. Yes, they've agreed to that, yes, it's long past due it goes one way or another... But some people are just terrible at time management (including myself). If that prof is anything like myself, don't read much into it - it's not malice or anything, it'...


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I'm sure a busy prof who has no time to write a paper covering your work would welcome the opportunity to have someone else write it. Doing so isn't simply a matter of writing it and sending it in with the prof's name on it, but handing the prof a manuscript, asking for edits, revising, ...


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First, I don't understand why it is the responsibility of your professor to publish your work. Perhaps this is a local requirement, but it seems odd. Second, you can't just add someone as an author without both their proper participation and their agreement. Normally, though, if the work is yours then you can submit it. If it is joint work then all authors ...


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Is this normal? No, and it should not be. Should I withdraw? No. Presumably the results are still valid. How do I stand in this situation ethically? You yourself have done nothing wrong: it is your supervisor that is being unethical. This is NOT how science is done these days, and thankfully this kind of bribery is rare. There isn’t much you can do ...


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Adding a co-author purely because they paid for something is definitely inconsistent with academic standards. The policies of journals and professional societies make that clear and can be cited. What you can do is add a grant number in the acknowledgments, at the end of text. That way the sponsor can list your work as part of what has been accomplished with ...


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Contact the journal editor (confidentially) What you describe sounds very problematic, even after you tried to discuss the situation with your advisor. It sounds like you have already tried asking your advisor to clarify the situation, but his response was evasive, in that he did not confirm what (if anything) the 3rd party contributed in the capacity of co-...


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Should you withdraw? No. Should you have been consulted before submission? Yes, but sadly it's common for senior academics not to properly consult undergraduates and other junior scientists about submissions for publication. Is this ethical? In some fields, crediting the people who got the grant money to do the science as authors is common practice ...


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I can’t advise you on what to do, since you are the person who will be living with the consequences of any action you decide to take. It is your decision to make how to deal with the situation. I’ll just say this: if I heard a year or two from now that one of the people applying to my department’s graduate program was the person who famously exposed the ...


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Personally, you are fine. The actions weren't yours. You are being used, I'm afraid, and your professor has an ethical problem. "Sadly" is exactly right and I hope they are wrong, even in a narrow sense, but it isn't a widespread practice. But if your advisor is willing to do such things for a bit of money, I'd suggest you bite your tongue so that ...


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If there is fault here, it is probably due to the former mentor. You can contact the editor of the journal in which it was published and/or the remaining author. In fact, it is probably a good idea to contact both, raising your concerns. But you don't have the option of contacting the corresponding author as is obvious.


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It is very difficult to say, when working on a mathematical problem, how much each person contributed. It is only through failed attempts that one reaches a solution to any problem which isn't completely trivial. In the comments, @CaptainEmacs asked you a good question: "Did your failures contribute to your partner better understanding the problem? Or ...


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There is a lot more to a mathematical paper than just the new ideas. There's also the work that goes into exploring the avenues that never lead anywhere, surveying the literature, checking that the argument is correct, writing the argument down, etc. A rule of thumb that I've heard repeated multiple times is that each author should contribute at least 10% of ...


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Let me suggest a slightly different approach. Tell him that you understand all the work is his and that you don't expect co-authorship and will understand completely if he wants to do that. You could also say that you would appreciate any acknowledgement in the paper for any contributions you might have made. In other words, make a statement about your ...


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I believe that if you contribute ideas towards the solution and also take an active part in writing the paper, you should be a co-author. In your case, you believe that your discussions didn't contribute to the solution. However, often false-leads are crucial steps in solving the problem- and hence your contribution was perhaps not as trivial as you think. I ...


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