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
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
JFS Social groups
JFSR Religious groups: social and cultural aspects
Note: assign also the appropriate code from HR “Religion and beliefs”
JFSR1 Jewish studies
See also: HRJ “Judaism” and following
JFSR2 Islamic studies
See also: HRH “Islam” and following; LAFS “Islamic law”


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