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About BISAC 

A standard used throughout the supply chain to categorize books based on topical content. Includes: 

BISAC to Thema*


New JUV/JNF to YA/YAF mappings

The BISAC Subject Headings List, also known as the BISAC Subject Codes List, is used to standardize the electronic transfer of subject information between trading partners.

BISAC Subject Headings can determine where books are shelved in a brick

and mortar store or the genre(s) under which they can be searched for in an internal database.


BISAC Subject Headings describe the topical content of a book and do not cover

non-content-oriented ways of grouping titles (such as "gift books"). Other fields in

BISAC communications formats (language, audience, age range, grade range, format/ binding/packaging, supplementary format/binding/packaging, merchandising

themes) are used to describe a book in ways not covered by the Subject Headings

list. Since Merchandising Themes are closely related to Subject Headings, the

Themes and codes used in this field are included at the end of the Subject Headings

package (along with usage instructions).

*Please note: The Thema 2016 and BIC 2016 mappings are not complete. An announcement will be made with the Thema to BISAC and BIC to BISAC 2016 editions are available. If you purchase the BISAC 2016 edition now, you will receive the Thema 2016 and BIC 2016 edition for free when they are available. 


Database access (purchased here) offers an end-user license allowing companies to

incorporate BISAC into internal databases and systems. The license is FREE to

BISG members; non-member pricing is based on annual company revenue and all

fees go towards supporting BISG's costs for annual maintenance of the BISAC standard.


Database access includes the full BISAC Subject Headings lists in downloadable

Word, Excel, and PDF formats; BIC-to-BISAC, BISAC-to-Thema and JUV/JNF to

YA/YAF mappings; and End User License Agreement.


Alternatively, the complete BISAC Subject Headings list is available free online for

anyone who wants to look up codes on a book-by-book basis.



To assist BISAC users who buy and sell internationally, BISG created a BISAC to Thema mapping and a BIC to BISAC mapping (included). Thema is the unified international standard for subject classification, intended to limit the need to map to multiple subject category schemes when buying and selling books across multiple geographic territories. The BISAC to Thema and BIC to BISAC mappings are included with the purchase of a BISAC license. Both mappings are updated annually.


New YA Codes!

If you didn't get the YA codes last year, now is your chance to pick up the new YA codes. Introduced in the 2015 edition at the request of a number of publishers, BISG's Subject Codes Committee created a mapping of JUV/JNF BISAC subjects to the new YAN/YAF BISAC subjects. This is a basic one-to-one mapping from the JUV and JNF BISAC codes (2014 and 2015 editions) to the new YAF and YAN BISAC Codes (2015 edition).


The mapping table is intended for those who would like to programmatically move the BISAC subject codes of all young adult titles in their database from JUV to JNF codes to YAN and YAF codes. Users who are moving titles manually can also use the mapping as a reference.


The mapping is available for free to all BISAC purchasers and BISG members, and is included in the BISAC 2015 Edition package. For nonmembers wishing to download the mapping, please purchase and download the complete BISAC 2015 Edition package.


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