Ph.D. in Computer Science and/ or Information Technology | 5 Things to know before you pursue PhD in Computers

With increase in competition and awareness, the number of PhD applicants have been increased worldwide. It has been observed that PhD in Computer science have been broadly divided into different domains. These domains may include classification of core computer based topics along with integration of such topics with inter-discipline fields. These domains are data science, machine learning, image processing, text processing, video processing, networking, security based analysis and many more.

PhD in Computer Science

Ph.D in Computer Science

Every PhD aspirant undergoes one of the following phases

  • When you know what you don’t know
  • When you don’t know what you know
  • When you know what you know
  • When you don’t know what you don’t know

Among these, the fourth phase is the most productive phase for pursuing doctorate in computer science. To pursue PhD, there are few basic terminologies and understanding about research domain as described below.

Research Papers

The research papers in computer science and engineering follows some basic criteria. The basic structure of research papers for PhD in computer science includes

  • Introduction
  • Related Work
  • Proposed Work
  • Experiments and Evaluation
  • Conclusion and Future Scope

The key idea for pursuing any research work is to study and identify the research gaps and challenges in the problem domain. This is followed by literature survey which act as the foundation for PhD in computer science. The research papers are written after the results have been achieved after implementing the proposed techniques for the research gap as identified earlier. These research papers are communicated, reviewed and accepted for publication.

Citations and Indexes

The citation is the score which indicated the number of research papers in which the paper has been referenced. For any researcher/ scientist, citation score shows the total number of research papers in which the all his paper has been referenced.

H-Index: If x number of papers have been referenced minimum x number of times, then it is said to have H-index: x.

iR-Index: If x number of papers have been referenced minimum R times, then it is said to have iR-index: x.

(where R=10 – i10-index ,50 – i50-index ,100 – i100-index)

International Conferences

There are large number of International conferences which can be found at CFP. With this, the top ranked conferences are known worldwide. These are said to be core ranked conferences. These conferences usually focus on quality rather than quantity to make it success. These have 15%-25% acceptance rate. It has been observed that the scientists and researchers presenting their research papers in Core Ranked conferences have high visibility for their paper and is thus, highly indexed.

Peer Reviewed Journals

One of the unique experience with research and PhD in computer science is to submit the research paper in Thomson Reuter indexed journals. These journals are SCI/ SCIE indexed journals (Science Citation Indexed/ Science Citation Indexed Expanded). These journal undergo peer reviewed (blind review) process. The review process for these journals can be found on SCI REV. To find the relevant journals with respect to your problem domain, use Journal Finder.

Happy Research!!!



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10 thoughts on “Ph.D. in Computer Science and/ or Information Technology | 5 Things to know before you pursue PhD in Computers”

  1. Thank you for the information. It was much needed. I was really looking forward to do PhD in Computer Science but had no idea what to study. You are the life saver!!!

  2. This helped me a lot. Thank you for sharing this information. I am looking forward to do Ph.D. Please provide study material to quality UGC NET JRF in computers


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