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
R Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning
Do not use “R” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section R below
RB Earth sciences
See also: RGB “Physical geography and topography”
RBG Geology and the lithosphere
See also: PHVG “Geophysics”
RBGB Soil science, sedimentology
RBGD Geological surface processes (geomorphology)
Class here: erosion, glaciology
RBGF Historical geology
Class here: plate tectonics, continental drift
RBGG Petrology
RBGH Stratigraphy
RBGK Geochemistry
See also: PNT “Crystallography”; PNV “Mineralogy and gems”
RBGL Economic geology
Class here: petroleum and mining geology

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