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
VXP Psychic powers and psychic phenomena
Class here: ESP, popular accounts of telepathy, telekinesis etc; see also JMX “Parapsychological studies” for serious academic works
VXPC Crystals and colour-healing
VXPH Chakras, auras and spiritual energy
VXPJ Astral projection and out-of-body experiences
VXPR The afterlife, reincarnation and past lives
VXPS Spirit guides, angels and channelling

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