Following the second announcement/reminder that the BIC Standard Subject Categories (aka BIC Codes) scheme will become obsolete in February 2024 – replaced by Thema – we have put together the following operational FAQs to help with this transition:
In February 2022 BIC announced that the BIC Standard Subject Categories scheme will become obsolete in February 2024.
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: http://www.editeur.org/151/Thema/
Any questions, please contact us.
Use this tool assign BIC Codes subject categories to your titles quickly and easily.
BIC Standard Subject Categories – Version 2.1
November 2010 (please check with intended recipient before implementing)
Subjects only (Excel file)
Qualifiers only (Excel file)
User guidelines (January 2011)