Hey everyone! I made an account for the sole purpose of asking this question because I'm really not sure what to do. I've been working in a research lab for a little more than 2 years. I started in college and during my gap year I've continued my work in the lab full time. I've been working on several projects, one in particular I've been working on for pretty much the whole 2 years. I want to quit in March, and I told my PI of my plans. He said something along the lines of "if you want to be a co-author on this paper then I would think twice about leaving". He was quite stern about it. I honestly don't know what to tell him. I've worked on this project for 2 years (writing some of the manuscript, making figures, and all of the other typical bench work associated). Can he really just not put my name on the paper as a means of leverage to get me to stay? I really don't want to continue working in this lab up until medical school starts. I feel super burnt out. But I also don't want all of my efforts to not lead to a publication. What should I do?