BIC Standard Subject Categories

BIC Subject Category Selection Tool

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


IBIC: an international multilingual classification scheme

The launch of IBIC, scheduled for the autumn of 2012, was announced after this year's Frankfurt Book Fair.

See the press release here.



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)


BIC Standard Subject Categories: An Overview

by Howard Willows, November 2010

This document provides a valuable history of the scheme and the reasons why it has gained such traction both in the UK trade and elsewhere. See it here.


BIC Standard Subject Categories - Version 2, revision 01

Introduction and summary
Version 2, revision 01 - complete list of categories

Subjects only list
Qualifiers only list

Conversion procedures from BIC 1.1 to BIC 2 revision 01

Conversion table from BIC 1.1 to BIC 2 revision 01