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
Y Children’s, teenage and educational
Do not use “Y” on individual books. Select appropriate code(s) from Section Y below
YF Children’s and teenage fiction and true stories
Use YF* codes for all fiction and true stories that read like fiction. With YF* codes, ALWAYS also assign appropriate 5A* Reading Age/Level Qualifier. For fiction anthologies, use YDC “Anthologies (Children’s/Teenage) with appropriate YF* code. For fiction dealing with specific social or personal issues, use YF* code with appropriate code from YX “Personal and social issues” and following. For school editions of fiction texts (ie typically with introduction, critical notes, etc), use YQEF “School editions of fiction texts” with appropriate YF* code
YFG Science fiction (Children’s/Teenage)

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