BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
K Economics, finance, business and management
KJ Business and management
Reserve KJ* codes for use with academic or specialist works and works for professionals. See VS* codes for personal careers advice, secrets of success, etc
KJV Ownership and organization of enterprises
KJVB Takeovers, mergers and buy-outs
KJVD Privatization
KJVF Franchises
KJVG Multinationals
KJVN Public ownership / nationalization
KJVP Monopolies
KJVS Small businesses and self-employed
KJVT Outsourcing
KJVV Joint ventures
KJVW Employee-ownership and co-operatives
KJVX Non-profitmaking organizations

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