What to include in the degrees list
- The highest degrees or professional certifications should be listed for each author.
- Academic degrees below the master’s level are usually excluded unless they are the highest degree held by the author. You may also include specialized degrees, licenses, certifications, and credentials below the master’s level.
- All authors must include a degree. The only exception is if the author does not currently have any degrees (eg, undergraduate students).
What not to include in the degrees list
- Do not include fellowship designations and honorary degrees.
- PhD candidate is not acceptable as a degree. Incorrect: PhD (c), PhD (C), PhD (cand.), or PhD (ABD)
- Do not include degree specializations or concentrations in parentheses. Incorrect: MSc (Geography), MD (Pediatrics). The following cases are exceptions to this rule:
- Grad diplomas like Grad Dip (Geoinformatics)
- Board certifications
- Do not include job titles such as “Professor” as a degree
- Note: the European degrees “Prof Dr” and ”Dr med” are fine to use, if applicable
- Any unusual degrees will be verified with the authors during the production process.
- Do not put periods or spaces in degree abbreviations. Correct: MSc, MPH, MD, PhD; Incorrect: Ph.D., M.P.H., M Sc
- Author degrees should be sorted from lowest to highest in the metadata form (”MPH, PhD,” not “PhD, MPH”). Use the up and down arrow buttons in the metadata form to change the order, with the lowest degree on the top.