OOIR lists the latest articles from leading social science journals with the following aims:
1. Research Discovery: Help scholars stay up-to-date with the latest research;
2. Research Waste Reduction: Pluralize the disciplines by directing attention to articles which may otherwise be overlooked;
3. Scholarly Communication: Make the frontiers of social science scholarship discoverable to a general public by enhancing the flow of scholarly information.
With millions of scientific papers published in tens of thousands of academic journals each year, the discovery of relevant research outputs cannot be but a flawed process. Facing cognitive finiteness and time limitations, the exploration of the latest findings is biased towards a handful of so-called top journals. Findings in lesser-known outlets are overlooked, and interdisciplinarity is discouraged, which gives rise to a culture of research waste.
OOIR retrieves metadata on scholarly articles via CrossRef. In addition, with the help of Altmetric, OOIR fetches data about the attention these papers obtain in non-scholarly channels (see the sections "Trending Papers").
OOIR stands for Observatory of International Research. Initially, it was called Observatory of International Relations because the website was intended to serve the field of IR (International Relations) only. However, it soon expanded to cover other social science disciplines; the change in name mirrors this development.
OOIR first went online in summer 2018. The current version of OOIR (spanning other social science disciplines) went online on 1. November 2018.