If just received second doctoral degree, how does one sign their name at the end of an email or other correspondence. Would it just stay Dr. So and So or be Dr. Dr. So and So?

  • I know this might sound crazy to some but I've seen it so that's why I'm asking. – C W May 19 '17 at 19:44
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    This may be more dependent on local culture and etiquette than global academic norms. I believe in Germany, you would use "Dr. Dr." (or "DDr"), but in the US this would look silly. Either way it isn't a matter of ethics; getting it wrong wouldn't be unethical, just possibly embarrassing. – Nate Eldredge May 19 '17 at 20:26
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    I always wondered why anyone would get a second PhD. – dsfgsho May 19 '17 at 22:46
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    Sometimes when you do part of your PhD abroad, you can be awarded two PhDs. That's the only situation I believe this can be done. Otherwise the person is just crazy. See this awesome answer: academia.stackexchange.com/questions/17232/… – Shake Baby May 19 '17 at 22:59
  • @CW - Do you mean that you're asking because you think there might be a standard formula, and you're curious if someone's signature is reasonably close to that? – aparente001 May 20 '17 at 20:55

Depending on the country and local department customs, signing Dr. So and So would be already ridiculous enough. But I don't know of any situation where signing Dr. Dr. So and So wouldn't come out as a show off. I particularly would think very poorly of someone signing their name in this way.

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    What is ridiculous about calling oneself "Dr. Biderman"? – Stella Biderman May 19 '17 at 20:06
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    @StellaBiderman It may sound cool to think of your name with a prefix "Dr." attached to it. But in real life, people just don't call you that (at least in most circles I'm aware), unless you are in medicine. Signing your name like that would imply that that's how you think people should be calling you, which sounds a bit show off. – Shake Baby May 19 '17 at 20:54
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    If I read "Dr. Dr. Name", I'd think it's a typo – marts May 19 '17 at 22:54
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    @user23658 I agree that in spoken word and outside the context of your field, asking to be called "Dr. XXX" is a bit attention seeking, but I see no issue with using that when, for example I register for something. To be fair, it is slightly annoying when I am not given the option and I have to choose "Mr. XXX". – o4tlulz May 20 '17 at 1:34
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    There are huge regional differences. For example, I had to fight my landlord to remove my Dr. title from my home door. In some countries (Germany or Austria) academic titles are hugely important and used in contexts that @ShakeBaby would consider ridiculous. – Maarten Buis May 20 '17 at 9:11

In Germany I have seen the title dres. (for doctores) used for multiple PhDs.

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