Looking towards yet another submission extension, Cameron can see the end of 2020, but not of their thesis:
After how many chapters and papers PhD thesis can be considered as ‘complete’?
What do you mean chapters *and* papers?! In my vast experience examining PhD students, when they finally finish, they have chapters *or* papers (barely!). If you are fortunate to publish during your PhD, you are obliged to dilute and expand every little result and put it into chapters.
Truth is, depends who are you asking. If you are asking your PI, the real answer is: many more. Why pay for a postdoc from hard-won funding when you can keep a PhD student endlessly? If you are asking your institution: a little bit more chapters. Those fees you (or your scholarship) pay are sweet so keep ’em coming. Of course, we wouldn’t want you to linger around for too long as new recruits have to join the pyramid. If you’re asking your funding provider: now. You have all the chapters you need, submit and move on. If you’re asking me, a Sassy External Examiner: you have a chapter too many! Please just send me the introduction, some key figures, and the conclusions and maybe I will review them before our lengthy and thorough viva.
Least, do not forget a thesis is about quality, not quantity. If your stomach turns when you open your code, if you sweat when you think about re-adjusting those subplots one more time, you are probably done and should press that submit button!
The Sassy Scientist
PS: Done is better than perfect!