China SCADC Subject Categories


CSSC Category to Web of Science Category Mapping 2012 (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet, 23.0 kB, info)

Scheme Scope

The China Subject Categories by State Council of China scheme is based on the degree-granting and academic training directory as announced and published by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (

The China Subject Categories (CSC) classification has two levels of category hierarchy: one higher level and one more granular detailed with the document published here: There are thirteen (13) broad level categories represented by two digit codes and one hundred and ten (110) more granular categories, which are numbered according to the broader CSC category in which they fall -- for example, Biology (CSC – 0710) will roll up into Natural Science (CSC--07).

There were a number of categories which defied satisfactory bibliographic definition. For reasons of under-representation in publication history or Web of Science (WoS) subject area overlap, there are thirty-three (33) subordinate CSC categories not included in the mapping; and one of the thirteen superordinate categories is intentionally omitted: 11 – Military Science.

All WoS subject areas are represented in the mapping except BQ – HUMANITIES, MULTIDISCIPLINARY. WoS categories can be mapped to more than one CSC value.

Scheme Type

Category-to-category mapping where CSC classifications are mapped to current WoS subject areas (WoS subject areas current as of 31 December 2012).


In 2011, the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China revised its national degree conference directory; it adopted the degree classification detailed here:

The catalog, published in Chinese, is hierarchical with thirteen (13) broad-level, superordinate classifications and one hundred and ten (110) more granular, subordinate classifications.

The scheme was translated into English by Chinese-language experts and by reviewing and comparing the official English translation of an earlier version of the CSC scheme published by the Higher Education Press in a 1997 document ( Using published Chinese resources and combining and comparing those resources to Scope Notes for Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-E), Social Science Citation Index (SSCI), and Arts & Humanities Citation Index (AHCI) (, each WoS subject area was assigned to either a subordinate/superordinate CSC or a superordinate-only value by manual input.

The mapping of WoS subject area to CSC category must be reviewed periodically because WoS subject areas may change from one year to the next. The WoS subject areas LOGIC and AUDIOLOGY & SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY are new to WoS for 2012. The WoS subject area GREEN & SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY is new to WoS for 2016. These have been mapped as follows:

WoS Subject Area

CSC Classification


0701 Mathematics


0812 Computer Science and Technology


1002 Clinical Medicine


08 Engineering


0820 Oil and Natural Gas Engineering


0830 Environmental Science and Engineering