This is precisely what we are doing. The problem is that the RTE overlay is not working. The fields appear and allow text to be entered, but the results are not saved. This is only an issue with [sling:resourceType="cq/gui/components/authoring/dialog/richtext" - All other resourceTypes will work.
As a clarification, the issue is not related to the HEADER or FOOTER of the site (the top and bottom site components). The issue is with footnotes or citations as described in the original question posted.