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
G Reference, information and interdisciplinary subjects
Do not use “G” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section G below
GB Encyclopaedias and reference works
GBA General encyclopaedias
Note: use for non-subject-specific works only; for subject-specific reference works, use GBC* codes below
GBC Reference works
Note: with GBC* codes, assign also a subject code relating to the area or scope of the reference work where appropriate. For literary reference works, see DSR “Literary reference works” and following; for language reference and dictionaries, see CD “Language: reference and general” and following
GBG Geographical reference

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