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
JW Warfare and defence
JWA Theory of warfare and military science
JWD Land forces and warfare
JWF Naval forces and warfare
See also: HBTM “Maritime history”
JWG Air forces and warfare
JWH Special and elite forces
JWJ Military administration
Class here: personnel issues, discipline, procurement, etc
JWK Defence strategy, planning and research
JWL War and defence operations
See also HBW “Military history” and following
JWM Weapons and equipment
JWT Military life and institutions
JWX Other warfare and defence issues
For genocide and ethnic cleansing, see HBTZ “Genocide and ethnic cleansing” and following

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