Author ORCID Identifier

Document Type


Publication Date



Hepatitis C virus, HCV, Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton, Charles M. Rice, Nobel


Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles M. Rice share the 2020 Nobel in Physiology or Medicine for their contributions to the identification, treatment, and eventual elimination of the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The then novel molecular techniques they used have laid the groundwork for future work on HCV and other viruses. This article will give a brief overview of the hepatitis disease and the work of this year's laureates. It will also take a bibliometric look at the scientist’s research and add to the discussions about the way modern science is done and the limitations of prestigious science awards being awarded to only three awardees.


The full version with images can be found at until the limited free eprints are used.

Publisher Attribution

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Science & Technology Libraries on December 14, 2020, available online: 10.1080/0194262X.2020.1855616.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.