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
KN Industry and industrial studies
KNA Primary industries
KNB Energy industries and utilities
KND Manufacturing industries
KNG Transport industries
KNJ Construction and heavy industry
KNP Distributive industries
KNS Service industries
KNT Media, information and communication industries
See also: GTC “Communication studies”; JFD “Media studies”
KNV Civil service and public sector
See also: JPP “Public administration”
KNX Industrial relations, health and safety

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