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
JWX Other warfare and defence issues
For genocide and ethnic cleansing, see HBTZ “Genocide and ethnic cleansing” and following
JWXF Arms trade
JWXK War crimes
JWXN Mercenaries
JWXR Prisoners of war
JWXT Mutiny
JWXV Military veterans
JWXZ Combat / defence skills and manuals

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