Academic titles or professional certifications, such as “MD” or “PhD”, that may follow a person’s name
This element is only used inside the <contrib> element, relates only to people, and typically follows the name of a person.
As part of information about a contributor, the <suffix> element should be used for parts of people’s names (e.g., “Jr.”), not for degrees. The academic degrees are part of the information that is known about a contributor, not part of the name of the contributor, and should take the <degrees> element. Degree and certification information may be placed directly following the person’s name within the contributor information:
<contributor ...> <name> <surname>Smyth-Jones</surname> <given-names>George</given-names> <suffix>Sr.</suffix> </name> <degrees>PhD</degrees> </contributor>
When a bibliographic citation includes information about the degrees held by a cited author, those degrees should be treated as text and not tagged.
<!ELEMENT degrees (#PCDATA %degrees-elements;)* >
Any combination of:
... <contrib contrib-type="author" rid="IIDR"> <name><surname>Taylor</surname> <given-names>James C.</given-names> </name> <degrees>PhD</degrees> <aff id="IIDR"> <institution>Institute of Infectious Disease Research </institution><break/> <addr-line>Oberlin, MD 20869</addr-line> </aff> <address> <institution>Kalakukko Corporation</institution> <addr-line>17 West Jefferson St.</addr-line> <addr-line>Suite 207</addr-line> <addr-line>New South Finland, MD 20856</addr-line> <country>USA</country><phone>(301) 754-5766</phone> <fax>(301) 754-5765</fax> <email>firstname.lastname@example.org</email> <uri>http://www.kalakukko.com</uri> </address> </contrib> ...