For context, I’m a software development professional, with 17 years in the trade. I studied towards a bachelor between until 2000, but never submitted my bachelor’s thesis, as I was hired by a company and, … reasons. If you are old enough to remember the rush around the turn of the millennium, you will know.

Anyway, I have now made a bachelor’s thesis and got it approved. To my surprise, I found that the study I made hasn’t been made before, and as a consequence, the results are not trivial, and may have a bearing on a current debate in my field. (In my professional field, that is, not in academia.)

The bachelor’s thesis is my own work, meaning that I formulated the problem, I designed and conducted the experiments, I collected all the data, and I made all of the analysis. My supervisor approved my plan, and proofread the thesis, but did not make any scientific contribution to it.

I’ve rewritten my bachelor’s thesis to an article or a conference submission, taking out the most relevant parts. As I understand it, my supervisor should be considered a co-author here – is that correct?

The thing is, I sent it to my supervisor for comments, and he promised to look at it, but then I haven’t heard from him in several months, and he does not reply to my attempts to contact him.

I realize this site can’t answer questions about how to approach a specific person. What I would like to know is what my options are.

  • Can I remove him as a co-author from the article, even though he supervised the bachelor’s thesis?
  • If not – how much do I have to change to be able to do that? Do I have to make a new study?
  • Can I submit it, with him as co-author, without his expressed approval?
  • Is there anything else I can do to raise the awareness of my study without his prior expressed approval?

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