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
J Society and social sciences
JF Society and culture: general
Use JF* codes for both general and academic works on social topics; use with JH* codes for sociology textbooks and other specialist works on sociology / anthropology. See also VFV* codes for popular accounts, personal issues and practical advice
JFC Cultural studies
JFD Media studies
See also: GTC “Communication studies”
JFF Social issues and processes
For social effects of science and technology, see PDR “Impact of science and technology on society” and JFMG “Ethical issues: scientific and technological developments”; for social effects of environmental issues, use RNT “Social impact of environmental issues”
JFH Popular beliefs and controversial knowledge
JFM Ethical issues and debates
JFS Social groups

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