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
U Computing and information technology
UF Business applications
Note: use UF* codes as appropriate for software whether delivered online or on physical media. For business database software, see UNS “Database software” and following
UFB Integrated software packages
Note: use for all wordprocessing, spreadsheets, databases, etc in an integrated package
UFC Spreadsheet software
UFD Word processing software
UFG Presentation graphics software
UFK Accounting software
UFL Enterprise software
UFM Mathematical and statistical software
UFP Project management software
UFS Collaboration and group software

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