I've been using "Notably" at in my own writing for quite a while now, as an alternative way to start sentences. But I'm not sure if it's actually grammatically acceptable. I haven't found any answers through Google or the site.
Here's an example:
Notably, the new study finds that [...]
When using the transition, my intended meaning/interpretation is something of a cross between "Interestingly" and "Importantly". The second is too formal, in my opinion, but the first is limited to specific contexts where something is in fact interesting, as opposed to say "of notable quality." To me, it seems "Notably" strikes a good balance between the two.
Question: Is it grammatically acceptable to start a sentence with "Notably" as a transition?