BIC Standard Subject Categories

February 2022: 
In February 2022 BIC announced that the BIC Standard Subject Categories scheme will become obsolete in February 2024.
Read the full press release here. 

February 2017:
Please note that with the introduction and growing adoption internationally of
Thema (the subject category scheme for a global book trade), in February 2017 BIC permanently froze the development of BIC Codes. More information about Thema can be found here: 

Any questions, please contact

BIC Subject Category Selection Tool

Use this to assign BIC subject categories to your titles quickly and easily.

BIC Standard Subject Categories - Version 2.1

November 2010 (please check with intended recipient before implementing)

Version 2.1 - complete list of categories

Subjects only (Excel file)

Qualifiers only (Excel file)

Summary of changes from version 2.0

Procedures for migrating from version 2.0

User guidelines (January 2011)