Browse the BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2 revision 01, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and other English language markets, available from You can also browse version 1.2 of the new Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme.

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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
JH Sociology and anthropology
Reserve JH* codes for textbooks or academic and specialist works; use with other J* codes indicating specific topics where appropriate
JK Social services and welfare, criminology
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”
JN Education
JP Politics and government
JW Warfare and defence

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