I am writing a scientific article.
I want to say: "The output of some process may not be useful in itself (or on its own), but it is an important preprocessing step to later stage processes."
Can I use "stand-alone" instead of "in itself" or "on its own" in the above sentence?
I know that "stand-alone" is an adjective, and it may not be correct to use it at end of a sentence. However, I am looking for something that is more natural.
Your help would be highly appreciated, Thank you.