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Get to Know an Acquisitions Editor: David Jackson

By: , Posted on: April 25, 2016

david jacksonProfessional Info:
David Jackson
Acquisition Editor
Plastics Engineering, Polymer Science, Textiles and Materials Chemistry

 Do you have prior publishing experience?

I have been working at Elsevier for five years – before my current role, I was an Editorial Project Manager working on books in the area of Micro and Nanotechnology.

What’s your history with Elsevier?

I joined Elsevier in 2011, effectively straight out of university. I originally worked on micro and nanotechnology books, but moved into commissioning books in the areas of plastics engineering and polymer science towards the end of 2012. I added textiles and materials chemistry to my publishing program at the end of 2015, both of which have quite a bit of overlap with my existing portfolio in any case, so it’s a natural fit.

What do you enjoy about signing in this area?

I’m very fortunate to have a very applied program which has a lot of relevance to engineers who are trying to get things done. Also, in a field where data and best practice are of vital importance to ensure proper material selection, it provides a great degree of job satisfaction to think that I’m playing some small part in making practitioners’ lives easier, and enabling future innovation. I’ve been on plastics for a few years now, so it’s nice to be able to go to conferences and recognize people – it’s been an incredibly welcoming community.

Why should this person sign a book with you?

If I was to name on particular Elsevier strength, it would be our focus on the end-user. We are constantly talking about how we can make content as relevant as possible for the people we serve – be they chemists, materials scientists, plastics engineers (or all of the above!) My mission is to publish practical, actionable content, and then – through our extensive sales channels, particularly in electronic form – make it available globally. I’m not looking to publish content for the sake of it; the question is always “what problem can we solve for our community”.

From an author perspective, I also must add that we have the publishing expertise (and scale) to help make the publishing process as smooth as possible, and bring in the subject expertise to help authors craft the best possible product.

Why do you love publishing?

To me, the best part of the job is actually speaking to authors and customers – partially to introduce what we do as publishers, but primarily to hear about what they’re currently working on. The passion that these practitioners express for their field is inspiring, and I am always buzzing after I come home from a conference. These are the people we’re trying to help.

Tell something personal about yourself

Outside of work, when I’m not studying, I enjoy baking, surfing and video games (although never more than two of these at any one time). I would say that I enjoy Stand-Up Paddle boarding too, although I haven’t actually stood up yet for more than a minute or so.


Contact Info:

Email address –

Phone number – +44 1865 843661 (Office)

                                +44 7919 565440 (Cell)

Books Published:

science and technology flexible packaging

The Science and Technology of Flexible Packaging – Morris

chemical resistance commodity themoplastics

Chemical Resistance of Commodity Thermoplastics – Baur, Ruhrberg and Woishnis

introductiong bioplastics engineering

Introduction to Bioplastics Engineering – Ashter

handbook of polymers

Handbook of Polymers, 2e – Wypych

handbook of fillers

Handbook of Fillers, 4e – Wypych

biopolymers trends

Biopolymers: Applications and Trends – Niaounakis

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