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
JM Psychology
For clinical psychology, use MMJ “Clinical psychology”; for educational psychology, use JNC “Educational psychology”; for psychotherapy, use MMJT “Psychotherapy”; for sports psychology, use WSDP “Sports psychology”
JMA Psychological theory and schools of thought
See also: HPM “Philosophy of mind”
JMB Psychological methodology
JMC Child and developmental psychology
JMD Psychology of ageing
JMF Family psychology
JMG Psychology of gender
JMH Social, group or collective psychology
JMJ Occupational and industrial psychology
JMK Criminal or forensic psychology
JML Experimental psychology
JMM Physiological and neuro-psychology, biopsychology
JMP Abnormal psychology
JMQ Psychology: emotions
JMR Cognition and cognitive psychology
JMS The self, ego, identity, personality
JMT States of consciousness
JMU Sexual behaviour
JMX Parapsychological studies
Note: use for serious academic works. Prefer VXP “Psychic powers and psychic phenomena” for popular and MBS treatments

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