Is a useless novelty still considered a novelty?
I am reviewing a paper and the method is meaningless. But the authors used somewhat creative methods (I mean it is their own method) that suggest their method and its philosophy has problems. Their assumptions in real-world are meaningless.
Additionally, it is their own method but it is a simple one.
What should I do? I have only two options for selection: 1. novel enough for publication, or 2. not novel.
The journal is a high ranking journal. I know that this novelty in "not enough" to be published in such a journal, but my problem is that it is not 0 to be considered "not novel" too! Also, I know that in this case I would be better to select "not novel".
But I got doubtful about my understanding from the meaning of novelty, and my mind arose this question : Is a meaningless novelty still considered a novelty?