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.

See the Search hints below

Code Description
R Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning
Do not use “R” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section R below
RN The environment
See also: TQ “Environmental science, engineering and technology”; KCN “Environmental economics”
RNA Environmentalist thought and ideology
Class here: ecocentrism, technocentrism, deep ecology, ecofeminism, etc
RNB Environmentalist, conservationist and Green organizations
RNC Applied ecology
Note: use for works taking a wide-ranging or ‘issues’-based approach. See also: Section PS “Biology, life sciences” and following for specific and scientific works
RND Environmental policy and protocols
RNF Environmental management
RNH Waste management
Class here: Recycling, biodegradability. See also: TQSR “Waste treatment and disposal”
RNK Conservation of the environment
RNP Pollution and threats to the environment
See also: TQK “Pollution control”
RNQ Nuclear issues
RNR Natural disasters
RNT Social impact of environmental issues
Class here: Human ecology
RNU Sustainability
See also: TBR “Intermediate technology”; THX “Alternative and renewable energy sources and technology”; KNBT “Alternative and renewable energy industries”; KJJ “Business and the environment, ‘Green’ approaches to business”

Scheme © BIC and Book Data 1998–2010; interactive browser provided by EDItEUR. Cookies: this website uses only a single ‘session cookie’, which is necessary for provision of the service, and which is automatically deleted when you close your browser window.

Valid HTML 5 Valid CSS 2.1