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
V Health and personal development
Note: many headings in Section V relate closely to headings in other sections. Use Section V for popularized accounts for general readership; prefer Sections J, K, M, T etc, as appropriate, for serious, specialist and academic works. Do not use “V” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section V below
VX Mind, Body, Spirit
VXA Mind, Body, Spirit: thought and practice
VXF Fortune-telling and divination
VXH Complementary therapies, healing and health
See also: MX “Complementary medicine” for works for medical students and practitioners
VXM Mind, body, spirit: meditation and visualisation
VXN Dreams and their interpretation
VXP Psychic powers and psychic phenomena
Class here: ESP, popular accounts of telepathy, telekinesis etc; see also JMX “Parapsychological studies” for serious academic works
VXQ Unexplained phenomena / the paranormal
For folklore, myths and legends, use JFHF “Folklore, myths and legends”
VXV Feng Shui
VXW Mysticism, magic and ritual
Class here popular works on the occult. See also: HRQX codes for serious, academic studies

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