Browse the 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 the preferred subject scheme for future use. Browse version 1.2 of the new Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
1 Geographical qualifiers
Do not use “1” on individual books, as it is not a valid qualifier code; select appropriate qualifier code(s) from Section 1 below
1D Europe
1F Asia
1H Africa
1K The Americas
1M Australasia, Oceania and other land areas
1Q Other geographical groupings, oceans and seas


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