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Is the comma placement correct in

Another, just as important, aspect is. . . .

or should they rather be omitted?

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That comma is just a short cut for saying and instead: “Another and just as important aspect is that. . . .” –  tchrist Apr 17 '13 at 15:29
    
"Another equally important aspect" would express it just as clearly and without any commas. Bad for word count, though. –  njd Apr 18 '13 at 13:39

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The word order is incorrect. Though there is a lot of freedom in what may be included in parenthetheses, there is not total freedom.

One can't make up compound adjectives / adjectivals and hope they are acceptable pre-modifiers of a noun group just because they obviously make sense.

*A just-as-important consideration is ...

Here, we need

Another aspect, just as important, is ...

This may be considered to be formed by whiz-deletion from

Another aspect, which is just as important, is ...

and perhaps it's valid to say that

(*) Another(,) which is just as important(,) aspect, is ...

is obviously not acceptable.

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Thank goodness an equally important aspect carries no hyphen. –  tchrist Apr 17 '13 at 15:33
    
Yes - * Another, said by many to be less important important, aspect is ... needs re-ordering, whilst Another, very slightly less important, aspect is. . . . doesn't. OK, I'm struggling to find an authority to pronounce here, but "a just as good / important aspect / reason" show no Ngram returns. –  Edwin Ashworth Apr 17 '13 at 16:08

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