Some journals put author pictures and short bios at the end of the articles. Do you know of published examples in which the authors used humorous pictures of themselves, for instance with funny poses or unusual hats?
Yes, a group of authors (Đurić, Delibašić, Radišić, or Đuirić, Delilbašić and Radisic, as they signed themselves in the paper) trying to debunk the Metalurgia International journal provided outrageous pictures in their paper entitled: Evaluation of Transformative Hermeneutic Heuristics for Processing Random Data.
The, up to that point "respected", journal published the paper without any comments about the photos.
Richard Baraniuk at Rice University has co-authored several papers that I've come across in my research that qualify, to some degree:
- J. Laska and R. Baraniuk, “Regime change: Bit-depth versus measurement- rate in compressive sensing,” IEEE Trans. Signal Process., vol. 60, no. 7, pp. 3496–3505, 2012.
The author photos in this paper seem to be a play on "regime change" mentioned in the title: one author's photo appears to be that of a political candidate after hearing that they've lost an election, while the other author photo is presumably of the "victorious" candidate.
- M. Davenport, J. Laska, J. Treichler, and R. Baraniuk, “The pros and cons of compressive sensing for wideband signal acquisition: Noise folding versus dynamic range,” IEEE Trans. Signal Process., vol. 60, no. 9, pp. 4628–4642, Sep. 2012.
There are four author photos: two authors have "sad" faces, two "happy."
- M. A. Davenport, R. G. Baraniuk, and C. D. Scott, “Tuning support vector machines for minimax and Neyman-Pearson classification,” IEEE Trans. Pattern Anal. Mach. Intell., vol. 32, no. 10, pp. 1888–1898, Oct. 2010.
In this paper two of the authors have the word "minimax" (from the paper title) in the background of their photos, which appear to be on signs of some sort (the third author has a street sign in the photo background; what it says, I'm not sure).
So far, I haven't come across any pictures in the short bio section which I could call 'funny'. However, I have seen quite an odd picture of a co-author which seems like a infrared imaging of the author.
That paper is quite popular in its field. It is called "The HumanID Gait Challenge Problem: Data Sets, Performance, and Analysis." It contained a photo of Prof. Kevin W. Bowyer; this was his short bio picture in the paper. I'll also like to add that this paper is published in the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis.
You might want to look at Poizat's "Groupes stable", although a reviewer of the English translation wrote
As the author is no doubt aware, his tasteless joke in the French edition of this book crossed the line between offensive and insulting.