Elsevier has acquired Woodhead Publishing Limited, the U.K.-based publisher of professional content in the fields of materials science, food science, engineering, energy & environmental technology, textile technology and biomedicine. The acquisition also includes Chandos Publishing, which publishes in the library information science and Asian studies areas.

"We are committed to improving research outcomes and researcher productivity," said
Suzanne BeDell, managing director, Science & Technology Books, Elsevier. "The acquisition of Woodhead Publishing helps us to achieve this objective. Woodhead's global publishing program is complementary to Elsevier's books portfolio.”

The purchase involved over 1,500 titles.