Authorship for supervisor

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Mary Ann
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Authorship for supervisor

I would like to know how should have the authorship. If anyone has been contributing to he research work but not been efficient enough to publish the work, should they be the author? I am a doing post doct in Biomedical Sciences. My supervisor is not reading my manuscript. I could not submit my work to publication because of her poor performance for more than a year. Can i exclude his name from the authorship and give her only acknowledgement and get the work published? Will it be ethical? Because if she is not reading I am not going to get her approval before sending it to publication.
Mary

Omai
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Hi Mary Ann,

Hi Mary Ann,

This is a very difficult problem. Was all the work done in the lab of your supervisor? Was the work funded on grants written and awarded to your supervisor? Did your supervisor take the intellectual lead on the project (direct experiments, focus ideas . . .). A lot more goes into being last author on a paper then just reading a manuscript. I'm not sure you can submit your work if all these other things are true. Your work wouldn't exist without your supervisor. That being said, can you get some advice from other supervisors in labs near you? Are you collaborating with any other labs on the project? That would possibly free you to publish on your own. Authorship is always a very touchy subject. I think you need to sit down with your PI and talk about why he will not read your manuscript.

Omai