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
GT Interdisciplinary studies
GTB Regional studies
Use GTB only for interdisciplinary works covering a range of topics within a defined area; always add a Geographical qualifier. See also: RGL “Regional geography”
GTC Communication studies
Use GTC for Communication Studies textbooks and for works covering a range of aspects of communication – linguistic, social, industrial, technological etc. See also: JFD “Media studies” and following
GTE Semiotics / semiology
GTF Development studies
GTG General studies
eg for A level
GTH Flags, emblems, symbols, logos
Use for general works; see GTE for specialist works on semiotics/semiology; for heraldry, use HBTG “Genealogy, heraldry, names and honours”
GTJ Peace studies and conflict resolution
GTN Institutions and learned societies: general
See also: JPSN “International institutions”; KJU “Organizational theory and behaviour”
GTR Cognitive science
Use for interdisciplinary works drawing on but wider than psychology, neurosciences, philosophy of mind, AI, etc. See also: HPM “Philosophy of mind”; JM “Psychology” and following; PSAN “Neurosciences”; UYQ “Artificial intelligence” and following

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