The following minimum standards must be met in order to be awarded a doctorate:

1. publication in extenso of a minimum of three papers, during the period of doctoral studies, which satisfy the following conditions:

a) a minimum of two published papers in which the doctoral candidate is first author, sole author or co-author;

b) at least one paper published in a scientific journal indexed by BDI;

c) at least one paper presented by the doctoral candidate at an international Web of Science (ISI) indexed conference, as evidenced by the conference programme;

2. the international databases (BDI) recognised for papers published in journals and published in volumes of scientific events, with the exception of articles published in ISI-listed journals, are those recognised internationally scientifically, as follows: ACM, Cabi, CEEOL, CiteSeerX, Compendex/Engineering Village, CRCnetBASE, CrossRef, Current Contents, CSA, DBLP, DOAJ, EBSCO, EdITLib, Emerald, ERIC, Genamics, GeoBase, GEOREF, IEEE Xplore, IFAC-PapersOnLine, Index Copernicus, INSPEC/IET, J-Gate, Library of Congress, MathSciNet, ProQuest, PubMed, Referativnai Jurnal, RePEc, Elsevier/Scopus, Elsevier/Science Direct, Springerlink, Ulrichsweb, WorldCat, Wiley, Zenodo, Zentrallblatt, Scientific. Net and Seek Digital Library.