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 www.bic.org.uk.

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
1 Geographical qualifiers
Do not use “1” on individual books, as it is not a valid qualifier code; select appropriate qualifier code(s) from Section 1 below
1F Asia
1FB Middle East
Class here: The Levant. For ‘Arabic countries’, use 1FB plus 1HB “North Africa”. See also: 1QFM “Islamic countries”
1FC Central Asia
1FK Indian sub-continent
1FM South East Asia
1FP East Asia, Far East


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