The following answer is based on my experience as a doctoral researcher in distributed systems. Computer science is a big field with vast differences in the quality and quantity requirements of your Ph.D. supervisor.
Having said this, you’ll probably need somewhere between two to five publications to get a Ph.D. in computer science.
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At the end of this article, I’ll also give you a full table for your reference.
The quality of the venues is more important than the
However, you need both quantity and quality to have a shot for top-tier conferences with close to 20% acceptance rates. It’s not an either-or decision. You need to have it all.
To get accepted to two top conferences (assuming a
Therefore, if you submit a research paper every two to three months, you are safe and will likely be accepted to two to four conferences during your research time. This will be enough (content-wise) to set up your first draft of the doctoral thesis.
|University, Advisor, Area, Aim||Estimated Number of Papers|
|Top-tier University, High Expectation Advisor, High Publication Area, Aiming for Academia||6+ papers|
|Top-tier University with High/Moderate Expectation Advisor in High/Moderate Publication Area||4-6 papers|
|Top-tier University with Low Expectation Advisor or Low Publication Area||2-4 papers|
|Mid-tier University with High Expectation Advisor in High Publication Area||4-6 papers|
|Mid-tier University with Moderate Expectation Advisor or Moderate Publication Area||2-4 papers|
|Mid-tier University with Low Expectation Advisor in Low Publication Area||1-2 papers|
|Lower-tier University with High/Moderate Expectation Advisor||2-4 papers|
|Lower-tier University with Low Expectation Advisor||1-2 papers|
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