A reader asks:
I have been asked to review an article that is within my area of expertise. I have reviewed for this journal before. This manuscript is so bad that it is nearly unreadable; I suspect that it was written by someone in another discipline (economics) whose first language is not English. It is honestly worse — both in content and style — than some of the very worst of undergraduate papers I have read. Is it acceptable to recommend rejection without taking up the many problems of the manuscript in extensive comments? Or am I obligated to provide detailed feedback?