My university has a rule that all students need to publish at-least a couple of papers in SCI rated journals.
A senior told me that it is better not to publish the research contribution in a single paper. The length of paper is not an issue here. The act is meant for increase in paper count and hence becoming eligible to receive the degree.
Assume that the research contribution is on a task T. If I manage to get a couple of methods that perform better than the existing methods. One is accuracy A and another one with accuracy A' where A' > A.
The senior asks to send the algorithm related to A to an SCI journal and submitting method related to A' after enough amount of time on a pre-print site so that it can be sent to another or the same SCI journal for acceptance.
I believe that it does not fall under the category of unfair means. No one can object if I decide to do so. But, I have doubt on whether the act is ethical or unethical to do?