My research area is Computational Biology. My work involves in silico methods, I do not carry out any wet lab related experiments. My supervisor wants 4 chapters (apart from introduction and conclusions) for my PhD thesis. He said each chapter should be a journal paper (must be SCI indexed, with no article processing charge (my institute does not pay for APC’s, and the APC amount is equal to my 3 months fellowship, hence paying APC alone is also not feasible) and above Impact Factor 2). I already have made a review paper, but that goes into the introduction. Hearing his demands I am a bit scared that I might end up doing PhD from 5 or 6 more years, and I do not want to do PhD for 7 8 years. I am in my 3rd year right now. He told me this after 1.5 year of joining. I do not think I will be able to give 4 more journal papers in the next 3 years.

My current work status is, that I am working on 3 papers simultaneously now. One work is 70% complete (can’t say it is totally complete unless it gets accepted by a journal). Another work is 50% complete, and the third I have just started.

My questions are:

  1. Do you feel that the demand of my supervisor is too much?
  2. Is it even possible to produce 4 more journal paper in the next 3 years?
  3. Is it possible to bargain the count of paper down to 3 instead of 4? If so, how should I do it?

Note: The advisor’s rule is the institutes rule, the advisor has the last say in decising whether I get my degree or not. Many people from our institute graduates with just one journal article too.

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