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
H Humanities
HR Religion and beliefs
HRQ Alternative belief systems
HRQA Humanist and secular alternatives to religion
HRQC Eclectic and esoteric religions and belief systems
HRQM Contemporary non-Christian and para-Christian cults and sects
Class here: Scientology, apocalyptic cults, etc
HRQX Occult studies
Class here serious, religious and academic works. See also: VXW* codes for popular, MBS treatments

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