Updated resource (Sept. 12, 2019)
APA “Misuse of the PhD(c)“
Here is a topic that is not often discussed, but remains a persistent issue for many! “What is the proper way to list my credentials? Which should come first, RN, PhD, MS?” Most folks have very strong opinions about this and will most certainly object if you list their credentials in an order other than what they prefer. They will typically give you very good reasons for why they feel one credential or another should be first. Therefore, as an Editor, my guideline for this is that each person’s credentials should be listed exactly as they prefer them to be listed!
However, there is one “credential” that is frequently indicated that we will not use — the non-credential “PhD(c).” I am not sure how this convention started, but it is one of my particular pet peeves. And in many formal and informal polls of other editors, by far the majority agree — this is not an acceptable credential. Yes, the little (c) does indicate that a person has passed Read more